Every year I see a new crop of seminary students, eager to jump into their studies and to prepare for ministry. But, behind the scenes, there is another story that often goes untold. The story of the seminary wives.
Of course, I recognize that there are also seminary husbands, but there is a unique challenge for seminary wives as they sometimes struggle to find their own calling in the midst of their husband’s pursuit of ministry.
Seminary can be a wonderful, exciting time, full of fresh spiritual growth. But it can also be a struggle–financially, spiritually, and relationally. In the mist of these struggles, it is easy for wives to wonder whether it is all worth it.
On this note, I point the reader to my wife’s article on The Gospel Coalition website: “Seminary Wives: 10 Encouragements for the Journey.” Though written back in 2013, her insights are still as relevant as ever. She offers some wonderful biblical and practical wisdom about navigating seminary, and, ultimately, about surviving in ministry.
But, this article is not just beneficial for seminary wives. Seminary students themselves should also take the time to read it. It will give you a great perspective on life in the ministry, and your wife’s role in it.
It is also important to note that barriers to formation include the systemic dynamics of oppression. And social conditions that can work against the formation of healthy spirituality.