Equipping Day offers support for ministry wivesby Emily Rojas, BSCNC Communications
When Kathy Litton was just 19, she married a minister, experiencing firsthand the struggles and joys that come with being a minister’s wife.
Now the national consultant for the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Ministry to Pastors’ Wives, Litton will be speaking at Equipping Day on Saturday, March 28 at Old Town Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. The event, designed to encourage and train ministers’ wives, is being hosted by Embrace Women’s Missions and Ministries and Flourish, the ministry of the NAMB for pastors’ wives. Lori Frank, wife of Bruce Frank, lead pastor of Biltmore Baptist Church in Asheville, will join Litton for the event.
Litton’s own life experiences have led her to encourage other women who find themselves in in the same place as she did – in an instant position of authority because of their marriage to their minister husbands.
“As a minister’s wife, you have the capacity to influence the community – to take that role and use it for the glory of God,” Litton said. “It’s a big adjustment for a minister’s wife to understand her capacity for influence and her capacity for spiritual gifts, all while standing beside her husband in the ministry.”
The role of a minister’s wife is very unique. So unique, in fact, that it is common for ministers’ wives to feel isolated in this position that has them constantly in the public eye. This, Litton said, is one reason that events such as Equipping Day are so important.
Her hope is that Equipping Day will allow ministers’ wives to draw strength from each other and to share wisdom that they’ve gained from their experiences.
In particular, Litton said she hopes that women will leave Equipping Day with some new ideas about how to deal with criticism in a healthy way. Criticism, she said, is what can make ministry wives feel isolated and can make them feel that they have no one to whom they can reach out. In this way, the community of other ministry wives is essential.
“We work really hard to equip them for the real context they live in,” Litton said.
To Litton, Equipping Day is not just any event. Equipping ministers’ wives for ministry life is a passion of hers. In her eyes, ensuring that these women get the ministry training that they need is the only thing that makes sense.
Litton likens not training ministers’ wives to a company only training half of its employees. These women play a crucial role in the ministry, Litton said, and she believes that to further the advancement of the gospel, minister’s wives should be properly equipped.
More information and registration details about Equipping Day is available at ncbaptist.org/ministrywives15. The cost is $25 per person, which includes a light breakfast, lunch and program materials. Registration deadline is Friday, March 20.
An additional training and equipping opportunity for women will be available at the One Day training event on Saturday, May 2 at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point. The event features a special track devoted to women’s ministry, with an emphasis on disciple-making.
The One Day training and equipping event is intended for pastors, church staff, teachers, church leaders and volunteers. Early bird registration is just $15 per person through Friday, April 17. Learn more and register at onedaync.org.