Ministerial Spouses Association
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! Now I’m a deacon and to make sure that we have quality time together without my wife neglecting her duties, I started tagging along whenever possible - to hospital visits, nursing homes, Bible studies, weddings, and funerals. The people we visit express their appreciation for my presence and I enjoy getting to know them better.
It is also beneficial to, on some occasions, do Bible studies together if the candidates agree. On numerous occasions my wife has had more urgent matters to attend to, such as hospital visits, so I carried on the Bible studies until she was able to join us. Suddenly a three thousand member church became a church of individuals - each having a different story to tell. Suddenly the church became more like a family.
We like to combine a visitation or Bible study with a "romantic” outing afterwards, a restaurant, desert in a nice café, a museum or just sitting on a park bench watching the world go by.
Pastors can get very busy and sometimes their time with their spouse suffers, so doing things together, where possible, increases quality time together. You learn from each other and discover things in your spouse that you never realized before. I never really knew what was involved in pastoral work but my eyes were opened once I started getting more involved. I came to understand that a pastor has to be everything to everyone which can be very draining. I am sure your pastor spouse would appreciate if he or she gets more support from you becoming involved in their work. And you know what – IT’S FUN!
Herbert Eisele is from Vienna, Austria. After becoming an Adventist at the age of 21, he decided to attend Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen to study theology and become a missionary. While there, he met his wife, got married, and later moved to Andrews University in Michigan for more studies. Next they went as student missionaries to Liberia, West Africa then later went back to Austria for several years, then on to Australia to continue his studies at Avondale College. After graduation he taught for seven years at Kabiufa, Papua, New Guinea, then Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Then he was asked to head the English Department at Fulton College in Fiji. Moving to the US, he was offered a job at Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) as administrative director of the graduate program. For the last seven years he has worked for ADRA International as Director for Staff Development.
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