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Upper Columbia Pastoral Spouse Retreat - Thirty ministerial spouses traveled from three states to the Upper Columbia Conference Pastoral Spouse Retreat on the first weekend of March.

A Sermon in Shoes - One of the songs that was indelibly impressed upon my memory as a child growing up as a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist who regularly attended Sabbath School, is “A Sermon in Shoes”.

Paula Johnson - Ministry to Clergy Spouses - Paula I. Johnson is the Founder-Coordinator of the Clergy Spouse Alliance which began in1985.

The Benefits of Team Ministry - I noticed while I was an elder in the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, where my wife serves as an associate pastor, that between my duties and hers, our time together became nearly extinct. So I came up with a plan...

Speaker and Evangelist for Family Well-Being International - Adly Campos is a much-solicited, prestigious speaker internationally, and an authority on various topics concerning marital and family relationships.

Supporting My Ministerial Spouse - Cynthia L. Nguyen shares how she supports her ministerial spouse through encouraging words, supporting people, prayer, being involved, and including the whole family in ministry. Cynthia feels priviledged to be a part of the Lord’s work.

Together for a Purpose - Finding a Shared Ministry - Ministering together is not for every ministry couple. It has profound challenges as well as joys, and working on a shared project isn’t always easy, but many couples find that even a small shared ministry can enhance their closeness and happiness.

The Widow of Nain - I have been looking at all of the places in the New Testament where Jesus Touched people and the result of that touch. It has been a huge blessing to me and I thought I might share one of the stories.

Reflections of A Mom… A Reminder of Christ - I recently had the pleasure of spending a week with one of my dearest friends. We spent hours on the first night of our reunion reminiscing. I was reminded of the fun times together and even replayed the dark hours spent mourning the loss of a spouse.

Carol's Kids - Carol Barnhurst, a teacher and ministerial spouse from Illinois, has been ministering to youth since 1990, and plans to continue until God redirects her path.

PKs Ministry - Check out Trina Young-Bowden, a dynamic pastor's daughter, educator, wife and mother from Florida, who with a team of other PK young professionals has begun a new ministry for PKs in the Southeastern Conference!

Coaching Skills Training for Ministerial Spouses - In 2005, the Florida Conference began a training program to teach coaching skills to leaders. It has developed into a vital part of how the Florida Conference seeks to invest in pastors, educational administrators and office leadership. A similar format was adopted, in 2011, for training the spouses of pastors. Dottie Cauley, director of Partners in Ministry for the Florida Conference, shares more about the program for ministerial spouses.

God's Desire for His Daughters - Jeanne Nicolle Brisé, chair of the NAD Evangelism Committee for Ministerial Spouses, shares her ministry journey and how God called her to lead others to Christ. She believes His invitation to go and teach all nations includes a message to God's daughters, too.

Hospitality: What I Didn't Learn from Martha - I like to imagine what it would be like if Martha were to sit down with some of the Bible writers and debate with them what true hospitality is. In Jewish thought hospitality is rooted in the concept of the Almighty who “loves the sojourner” (e.g., Deut 10:18), and in the story of the Israelites, to whom God said, “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Ex 22:21).