The Role Of The Pastor’s Wife: What Does The Bible Teach? -- By: Leschenne Rebuli

Journal: Conspectus
Volume: CONSPECTUS 07:1 (Mar 2009)
Article: The Role Of The Pastor’s Wife: What Does The Bible Teach?
Author: Leschenne Rebuli


The Role Of The Pastor’s Wife:
What Does The Bible Teach?

Leschenne Rebuli1

Kevin Gary Smith2

Abstract3

The purpose of this article is to identify biblical pillars and parameters for establishing the role of a pastor’s wife in a local church. The thesis of the article is that the Scriptures do not in any way define or prescribe the role of the pastor’s wife, so we must infer the framework for her ministry as the pastor’s wife from what the Scriptures teach about her identify, role, and purpose as a woman, a wife, and a believer. We propose that she is first a woman, designed to image her Creator, and then a wife, who ministers to her husband as his helper, and finally a believer who finds her identity in Christ and serves Him according to the gifts and calling He places on her.

1. Introduction

The purpose of this article is to identify biblical pillars and parameters for establishing the role of a pastor’s wife in a local church. It is well known that the Scriptures contain no explicit teaching about “the role of the pastor’s wife”. Therefore, we must infer the framework for her ministry as the pastor’s wife from what the Scriptures teach about her identify, role, and purpose as a

woman, a wife, and a believer. We shall begin by examining three key Old Testament passages (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:18; Prov. 31:10-31), which lay a biblical foundation for understanding the role and purpose of women and wives. Next, we shall explore the implications of her identity and ministry as a New Testament believer. We shall conclude with some observations about her role as the pastor’s wife.

Our thesis is that the Scriptures do not in any way define or prescribe the role of the pastor’s wife. She is first a woman, designed to image her Creator, and then a wife, who ministers to her husband as his helper, and finally a believer who finds her identity in Christ and serves Him according to the gifts and calling He places on her.

2. Her Purpose As A Woman And A Wife

The pastor’s wife is first and foremost a woman and a wife. Nowhere does the Word of God intimate that she belongs to a special class of women. Everything the Scriptures teach about the identity, role, and purpose of women and wives in general applies equally to the p...

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