Ministerial Spouses Association
Ministerial Spouse Leaders Toolkit
Donna Jackson serves as the North American Division
Ministerial Spouse Leader.
Encourage one another and build one another up.
; ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
To support and empower ministerial spouse and their families with Christ-centered hope and wholeness through networking, resourcing and training.
To see ministerial families spiritually and relationally healthy and having a focus on mission
- Spouses of employed pastors, administrators and departmental directors
- Spouses of theology teachers
- Spouses of theology students
- Spouses of retired and deceased ministers
- Spouses of military and civilian chaplains (medical facilities, academic institutions, prisons)
To assist the spouses of ministers within this territory to strengthen their:
Grow spiritually into having a deep, abiding relationship with God through prayer,
Bible study and other spiritual habits.
a) Develop strong, healthy relationships with their spouse and children.
Value and nurture their whole being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Find fellowship and a social support system with other ministerial spouses.
Encourage sound family finance management including providing for family members should/when a decrease in family income occurs.
Utilize their unique gifts in spreading the kingdom of God and to encourage team ministry with their minister spouse.
Name Change and Logo:
In 2010 the NAD leadership, with the approval of GC Shepherdess, voted that the NAD Shepherdess name be changed to NAD Ministerial Spouses Association (MSA) but left it up to each union and conference to determine the name of their corresponding organizations. Most NAD unions and many conferences have since adopted the MSA name and we encourage them to use the MSA logo and to localize it. If you desire a version with your conference or union just email a request for that to DonnaJackson@nadadventist.org
1. At Home Conversation Starters
This fun, free electronic magazine, released in July, 2015, features articles on 10 topics with 18 embedded short videos followed by discussion questions to stimulate dialogue. Get it from your app store or view the website version at www.nadministerial.org/AtHome or view it in the MS Leaders Toolkit. The video vignettes feature professionally written scripts and filming crew, and ethnically diverse, professional actors. Use at home or download the videos to stimulate conversation at MS or Workers Meetings for quick discussion starters.
2. Fresh Strength Newsletter:
Please encourage the spouses in your union or conference territory to sign up to receive our quarterly, free, electronic newsletter by going to: www.nadministerial.org/FreshStrength We also invite you to submit your 1-2 page stories and 1.5 – 4 minute videos on any of our six areas of focus to DonnaJackson@nadadventist.org
3. NAD Ministerial Spouse Leaders Toolkit
Over 150 articles and videos on a wide variety of topics targeting conference and union ministerial spouse leaders can be accessed on the NAD Ministerial Spouse Resource page: http://www.nadministerial.org/MSLeadersToolkit This resource contains many downloadable files and videos to address topics of interest to clergy spouses. Please contact me to learn more about a spouse speaker’s list.
4. Hope and Compassion/Evangelism Grant:
Each NAD conference and union MS leader may apply annually to the NAD MSA for a $1,000 grant to stimulate compassion/evangelism outreach by ministerial spouses:
a) within their local territory (see the appendix to the grant application for a list of
suggested projects) or
b) to subsidize four or five MS from their territory who desire to participate in a joint compassion or evangelism project arranged by the NAD MS team. Access the grant application here:
5. NAD Website and Facebook page
Checkout the many articles and videos on our website and connect with some spouses on social media:
Facebook page: MinisterialSpousesAssociation
6. The Journal magazine and GC MSA website:
Many conferences purchase The Journal subscriptions for their clergy spouses. This excellent GC Shepherdess International quarterly magazine, features well written articles on relevant topics, and is attractively formatted. For more information, contact Shelly Lowe at: LoweS@gc.adventist.org To view archived issues, go to: http://www.ministerialassociation.org/spouses/magazine/archives/ and access their website at: http://www.ministerialassociation.org/spouses/
SUGGESTED JOB DESCRIPTION
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To assist Union administration and ministerial leadership with the vision development and implementation of ministry to ministerial spouses and their families in alignment with the Union strategic plans and in collaboration with any departmental directors who may be willing to assist (such as family, children’s, youth, evangelism, community services).
- To give general leadership to all phases of the support of ministerial spouses and their families within the Union. Be a resource person for conference and mission MS/Shepherdess leaders by providing networking, mentoring, referral to resource materials, and training (where possible).
- To select and chair the Union Ministerial Spouse/Shepherdess Advisory Committee:
a) Suggested frequency of meetings: minimum of once per year in person and by tele-
conferencing as needed.
b) Suggested composition - to include diversity in ethnicity, age, gender and geographic regions:
i) all conference and mission MS/Shepherdess leaders and sponsors (where applicable)
ii) union ethnic MS leaders or liaisons where applicable
iii) two pastoral spouses under age 35
iv) one or two ministers’ children - preferably under 20 years of age
v) a male ministerial spouse
vi) a chaplain’s spouse or a theology teacher’s spouse
vii) a minister’s widow
viii) the Union Ministerial Secretary or Director and his spouse
c) Terms of Reference (ToR) - confer with Union administrators on the ToR and the members.
After these are approved by the Union Board of Directors inform the members of the ToR.
- To provide resources (through collection, creation or translation) that will strengthen ministerial spouses and their families in the areas of the agreed (or identified) focus topics.
- To stimulate ministry to ministers’ children within the Union, conferences and missions.
- To support grieving union and conference officer families and explore with conference MS leaders how they might organize a support network for grieving ministerial families in their territory.
- To challenge ministerial spouses to embrace their unique gifts and calling as disciples of Jesus and to spread His hope and wholeness in their communities.
- Be responsible for administering and reporting (upon request) on any budget allocated by the Union administration and any NAD appropriation and NAD Compassion/Evangelism grant monies.
- To ensure inclusivity and respect for diversity in age, ethnicity, and gender (where applicable) when planning activities and resources and in all communication.
SUGGESTED JOB DESCRIPTION
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To assist Conference or Mission administration and ministerial association leadership with the
vision development and implementation of ministry to ministerial families in alignment with Conference/Mission strategic plans and in collaboration with any departmental directors who
will assist (such as family, children’s, youth, education, evangelism, community services).
- To give general leadership to all phases of the support of ministerial spouses and their families within the Conference or Mission. Be a resource person for ministerial spouses in the territory
by providing networking, referral to resource materials, and training, where possible.
- To establish and chair the Conference or Mission MS/Shepherdess Advisory Committee:
a) Suggested frequency of meetings: minimum of once per year in person and by
teleconference as per needed.
b) Suggested composition: to include diversity in ethnicity, age, geography, and, if applicable,
gender and could include:
i) regional and ethnic group MS leaders (where applicable)
ii) two pastoral spouses (recommended that one be under age 35)
iii) a male ministerial spouse (where applicable)
iv) one or two minister’s children – preferably youth under 20
v) Conference or Mission Ministerial Secretary/Director and their spouse
vi) a chaplain’s spouse and/or a theology teacher’s spouse
vii) a minister’s widow
viii) the Conference MS Sponsor (if applicable)
ix) the Union Conference MS leader as an invitee
c) Terms of Reference (ToR) - confer with Union administrators on the ToR and proposed
members. After the Board of Directors approves, inform the advisory members of the ToR.
- To suggest or provide resources (through referral, collection, creation or translation) that will strengthen ministerial spouses and their families in the areas of the agreed on focus topics.
- To stimulate ministry to ministers’ children within the Conference or Mission.
- To challenge ministerial spouses to embrace their unique gifts and calling and to provide
ideas and resources to support them in their outreach.
- To support grieving ministerial families in the Conference through organizing a network of people
who will form a prayer network, make personal contacts and make referrals to existing resources.
- Be responsible for administering and reporting on any budget allocated by the conference administration and for any NAD Compassion/Evangelism grant money received.
- To ensure inclusivity and respect for diversity in age, ethnicity and gender (where applicable) when planning activities and resources and in all communication.
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- Director's Introduction Letter
- Forsaken by Parents but Taken in By God
- Ministerial Spouses Keep it Real Responses
- NAD Mission, Vision, Values and Objectives
- Questions for a pastor’s spouse …
- Only by Love
- Delighting in God
- Enjoying the Closeness of God
- God, Show Me How to Love You
- Resources for Parents re Education
- When Loss is Gain
- On the Ministerial Spouse Journey
- Identifying Your Place as a Minister's Spouse
- Married to a Minister
- Coaches Training for Pastors' Spouses - Florida Conference
- Public Speaking Tips
- Understanding Your Brothers and Sisters-First Nations People
- Domestic Violence: What Church Leaders Should Know
- Reasons For Domestic Violence & Why it Continues
- How to Resolve Marital Conflict
- When Should You Refer?
- Ministering to Male Ministerial Spouses
- Congregational Expectations of a Male Ministerial Spouse
- On the Move for Jesus!
- Holiday Outreach Ideas
- Planning a Mission Trip
- Southern Union MS Advisory Ministers in Guam
- Spiritual Gifts & Evangelism preparation
- Transformational Evangelism handouts
- The Time is Now!
- Mentoring for PKs
- Impacting Your Community with a Prayer Breakfast
- Like Little Children: Assisting Children to Pray
- Pray One Million
- Planning a Retreat for Pastors' Spouses
- Report of Asian Ministries
- Spouses' Meeting Ideas
- My Life in Savoonga
- The Benefits of Team Ministry
- Together for a Purpose - Finding a Shared Ministry
- Introduction Letter
- Re-Organizing Your Priorities
- Ways to Include the Family in Ministry
- 10 Commandments of Christian Finance
- Impact of Adventist Education on Ministerial Families
- Connecting through Social Media
- Hospitality: what I didn't learn from Martha
- Financial Infidelity
- Financial Makeover
- A Sermon in Shoes
- Divinely Favored
- Forsaken by Parents but Taken in By God
- Grace in Living Color
- Hello, My Name Is…"Oh, You're Dave's Wife"
- I Simply Remember My Favorite Things ….
- My Faithful God
- Stumbling Through Life
- The Other Side of Stewardship - Delayed Blessings
- First Things First
- Complain and Blame or Pray and Praise?
- Four Quaker Questions
- Receiving with Grace
- The Unique You
- The Joy of Waiting
- The Secret to Satisfaction
- When God Becomes Vulnerable
- Balancing Church and Family
- The Attitude of Gratitude
- In Times of Loss: Surviving Spousal Benefits
- Boost Your Body, Brain, and Mood
- Embracing Courage
- Emotional Intelligence A Biblical Understanding
- Lessons from Peanut
- The Power You Have
- Pastoral Burnout
- 7 Steps for Maintaining an Exercise Routine
- Asian/Pacific Ministry Reports
- Facilitating Small Group Discussion
- A Safe Church for our Children
- Helping Troubled Members
- Every Church A House of Prayer!
- Getting Started
- Befriending Clergy Spouses of Other Faith Communities
- NAD Ministerial Spouses Association Overview
- Building Your Team