Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Rod W. Dempsey
Primary Subject Area
Psychology, Behavioral; Religion, Clergy; Women's Studies
pastor's wife, church, women's ministry, women issue in ministry
The purpose of this project is to explore the changes that have occurred in the lives of pastors' wives over the years in regards to her position in the church, her role within the family and her life outside of the church. Research will be conducted through interviews of pastors' wives in various stages of ministry and church experience, as well as a research/literature review of materials showing the historical role of the pastor's wife and how her role has continually developed and changed over the years. The underlying goal of this thesis is to provide a framework for teaching women who are preparing for ministry and also to provide guidelines to minister to pastors' wives who are already in ministry.