Meet my friend, Julie. She has red hair. She’s a powerhouse of a speaker, a mama, a woman, a friend. She also happens to be a pastor at one of my favorite churches in the world – and as luck would have it, her husband isn’t called to ministry.
But that’s not a bad thing, not at all.
So you know I just had to write an article about it, and feature Julie in part of it as well. Click here to read it in its entirety!
I always thought I’d marry a man in ministry. Together, we’d be a kingdom powerhouse. We’d make people laugh, think, feel, and smile, all for the glory of God. Our unique pairing would be used to bring people closer to Christ.
Dreaming about who we’d be was a bit pompous on my part, but I had my reasons. From the time I was a young girl, I knew I’d been called to ministry, so I started to look for a man who fit that plan wherever I went. Would I meet him at camp, or would it be at leadership training? Would we end up sitting next to each other in a seminary class, or would he just happen to be the friend of a friend pastoring the local Sunday night church?
My expectations didn’t lessen when I met the man who would eventually become my husband, but I learned pretty quickly that my dream of ministering together wouldn’t be reality. Although my husband loves Jesus with a fiery passion, he’s found his vocational niche in the financial industry. He serves in the church, both when there’s a need and also when he feels his heart drawn toward a particular ministry, but his heart doesn’t thump for adolescents like mine. And he certainly doesn’t feel called to full-time ministry in the church.
If your spouse is not called to ministry but you are, that is more than okay. So, be encouraged: your relationship has so many other, different gifts it bring to the table. And even though this particular piece of writing is directed toward women, it definitely applies to both genders. Click here to read the whole article!
So, are you or have you been called to ministry but your spouse is not? Tell me a story! I’d love to hear!0