A church that I used to attend is looking for a new pastor. The current pastor has resigned, and their pulpit committee has formed. One of the first things that a pulpit committee does is to survey the congregation to give them some idea of where the church is, what they want from a pastor, and the current beliefs.
One of the questions that invariably occur on these surveys is what role the pastor’s wife should play in the church. Should she be involved in his ministry? Can she have outside employment? What is her view of his ministry? That kind of thing.
The Wall Street Journal Online talks to this issue in an article on OpinionJournal. Feminism is attacking the fact that the pastor’s wife can be partly defined by the husband’s ministry. They are complaining that if the husband were to die, the wife’s ministry could be done.
However, they miss the fact that marriage is partnership– each helping the other, the two being one.
I didn’t answer the question, did I? What should the Pastor’s wife do? Whatever the Lord leads her to do in the ministry!