This has resulted in some pretty dramatic changes in the way I live life and do ministry.
The effects of ministry on marriage—and marriage on ministry—are rarely discussed, yet intimately connected.
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The two associations aim to promote cooperation among top New England boarding schools and meet regularly to discuss ways to improve.After some quiet moments, one of the elders finally said, "Now is not the time for you to leave the ministry.Now is the time for you to learn what the ministry is all about." With their support, my wife and I began extended counseling together.' And it was a weird moment because I asked myself, " Over the past seven years, we've gathered pastors and their spouses into peer cohorts, which met repeatedly in multiday retreats called Pastors Summits where we facilitated heartfelt discussions about the challenges of vocational ministry. I was ready to leave the ministry in order to save my marriage!During one of our summits, a participant shared the following story: A few years ago, I asked my wife what it felt like to be married to me, after 20 years of marriage and 18 years of ministry together. I went to my elders and told them what my wife had said.