Leadership is difficult. It can be hard to be a leader. Tiring, exhausting and exhilarating, all at the same time.
People often debate what makes a leader, what they do, and what you should look for in a leader.
There is one reality of leadership that I think often gets overlooked, and that is the role that a spouse plays for a leader.
Often the only time a conversation comes up about a pastor’s wife is when considering whether to hire a pastor (I think this is too narrow for leadership, as it only looks at a man as a leader). The question is often asked, “What should a pastor’s wife do in a church?”
The reality of leadership in a church is that your spouse is an extension of you, in good and bad ways.
If you and your spouse are at a meeting but you don’t get to talk with everyone, whoever has talked with your spouse feels connected and heard by you.
While the spouse of every leader is wired and gifted differently, one of the most important things a leader’s spouse brings is their presence.
This presence can be felt through actually being there, conversations, visibility, prayer or giving ideas and leadership to certain tasks or activities.
All of those things will come out of a spouse’s level of capability, life stage of kids, desire and passion, as well as capacity to do certain things.
These are important questions to ask and come back to on a regular basis.
Because of how relational leadership is, particularly in a church, this becomes all the more important.
This also, when done right, creates a lot of energy for the church and the leader and their spouse as they are working out of their unique wiring and bringing value to each other and the church.