Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Pastor's Wives Retreat

Last year, I was privileged to host a retreat for my fellow pastor's wives. It was both a blessing, as well as an encouragement to me. 


 Five of the seven of us last year

Ironically, the ministry is often a lonely place to serve the Lord, in spite of being surrounded by church members. The pastor and his family share the same hardships we all face in life. These are compounded by challenges that are unique to being in the ministry. Being in the ministry is very much like being a parent - nobody can ever understand the struggles and the blessings until they have been there. As with parenting, the blessings far outweigh the struggles, but it's a wild ride sometimes.

Unlike others, we pastors' wives (PWs) do not have the luxury to share these burdens with our close friends, as most of these friends are also church members. For reasons of privacy, and not wanting to burden them when our role is to serve them, we do not share our struggles with the people we are called to serve, no matter how close we are to them - no more than a parent would share the challenges they face with their children.

Which is why I love my fellow pastors' wives. We understand each other, even without going into details. We can listen, encourage, laugh, and rejoice together. We can open up, let our hair down, and find loving support. 

I could go on, but I don't want to belabor the point. All that to say, I have a desire to be a blessing to my fellow pastors' wives and thereby, indirectly, to their families. One way I do that is by hosting this retreat, which I am hoping to continue to do every year. I started planning this year's retreat the week I got back from the retreat last year - no joke!



Our retreat this year will be from August 16 to 18 near Sedona, AZ. We are staying at a quaint little Bed & Breakfast in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Our activities will focus on relaxing in the beautiful outdoors, eating food we didn't cook, as well as some time spent sightseeing and shopping in Sedona, and a visit to a local wildlife park. 

Last year, I asked for anyone who wished to be a blessing to consider sending a note of encouragement/appreciation to one or more of my guests at the retreat, or to send a small gift I could present them with at the retreat. I was humbled by the generosity poured out on my dear fellow PWs. 

This year, two sweet ladies from our church, Amanda and Karen, who have been my brain, heart, and hands for years have graciously offered to take over this aspect of the retreat for me. Seriously, these ladies are miracle workers. They are such hard, motivated, knowledgeable workers that I feel like the biggest sloth compared to them. They started a Facebook group for those who are interested in sending a note and/or gift to the guests at this year's retreat, New IFB Pastor's Wife Appreciation Gift Group


https://www.facebook.com/groups/2031199417146229/


If you would like to send anything, please consider joining their FB group.

If you are not on FB, you could mail them directly at the church at:

ATT: Pastor's Wives Appreciation Gift (Amanda Wright or Karen Rodriguez)
2741 W Southern Ave #14
Tempe, AZ 85282


If you are local, you could also give anything to Amanda or Karen at church.

Finally, they have set up a link to donate directly through PayPal.


Please note: All notes should have the name of who they are intended for. All gifts will be shared equally among the guests (excluding myself), except those specifically made out to a certain of the guests.


The following pastors' wives are confirmed for this year's retreat:


Leslie Berzins of Word of Truth Baptist Church in Prescott Valley, AZ

Robin Boyle of Countryside Baptist Church in Port Washington, OH

Dana Fritts of All Scripture Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN

Joann Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA

Shannon Johnson of  Temple Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC

Heather Major of Faith Baptist Church in Violet, LA

Cassandra McMurtry of Liberty Baptist Church in Rock Falls, IL

Crystal Perry of Old Path Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX

Holly Robinson of Mountain Baptist Church in  Fairmont, WV

Leslye Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX


Thank you for helping me be a blessing to these dear ladies. I can't wait to share the pictures and stories from this year's retreat with all of you!

3 comments:

  1. I’m so happy for these ladies! I’m glad you are doing this again.

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  2. Thank you Zsuzsanna. I have never experienced a more loving and giving church than Faithful Word Baptist Church! You being the heart that brings it all together.
    I am in awe of your love, compassion, and endless support of your sisters old and new...me being included.
    This is a wonderful gift you are giving the other hard-working pastor's wifes. Thank you for everything you do!

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  3. Thank you Zsuzsanna for doing such a loving and caring thing for your fellow pastor's wives. It's a wonderful thing to be a recipient of your blessings. Thank you for all you do!

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