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The Clergy Financial Initiative

A Lilly Endowment grant of $1,000,000 was approved and is being implemented through the Center for Family Care to promote financial literacy for our clergy. This grant is part of the Lilly Endowment National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The primary goal of the long-term program is to enhance the effectiveness of our [...]

The Clergy Financial Initiative2018-03-06T15:17:27-04:00

Becoming One

Becoming One is an ongoing offering for marriage enrichment. Each Becoming One presents a brief quotation or teaching on marriage along with an exercise or challenge for the couple. Couple's Activities Repentance in Marriage Time for a Time Out? Giving Our Spouse Space Our Spouse is our Closest Neighbor Marriage for the Glory of Christ Daily [...]

Becoming One2018-03-06T15:24:18-04:00

Archived Webinar: What Does Marriage Have to do With Priestly Leadership?

In this webinar, which was presented in the format of an interview, Deacon Michael discusses the connection between a healthy marriage and vibrant leadership in ministry. After you have viewed the webinar, please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation, which can be found at:  The evaluations are very helpful as we determine improvements, [...]

Archived Webinar: What Does Marriage Have to do With Priestly Leadership?2018-03-06T14:32:37-04:00

Kay Warren: ‘We Were in Marital Hell’

In the following article, "We Were in Marital Hell," Kay Warren, the author of Sacred Privilege:  Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife, and the wife of Rick Warren, the senior pastor at Saddleback Church in CA, offers a starkly realistic, but ultimately reaffirming, presentation of the major struggles of their marriage in the context of [...]

Kay Warren: ‘We Were in Marital Hell’2017-07-06T11:02:04-04:00

Happy 40th, Bill Hybels—and Thank You!

Below is an excerpt from a long letter written by Lynne Hybels to her husband on their 40th wedding anniversary.  Bill Hybels is the senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in IL, an evangelical church.  It contains many relevant truths that we as clergy wives and couples can identify with, even though we may [...]

Happy 40th, Bill Hybels—and Thank You!2017-07-06T10:57:39-04:00

Building Church Leaders

Some of those who have tuned in to the clergy couple webinars have indicated in your evaluations that you would like to see a webinar on dealing with/loving the difficult and hard-to-love members of our church families.  A webinar on this topic will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, two resources for support are provided through [...]

Building Church Leaders2017-07-06T09:28:08-04:00

When Rest is the Only Solution.

Excellent article on ministry and rest and a natural follow-up to the most recent featured article on the website, "The Unbusy Pastor."  This article is entitled, "When Rest is the Only Solution."  Together, these articles probe truths that priests and presvyteres will benefit from.  The article can be found at:

When Rest is the Only Solution.2017-07-06T09:08:17-04:00

Does “busy” define how you live? 

The article below is excellent for both priests and presvyteres to read and discuss together:  "The Unbusy Pastor," by Eugene Peterson.   Key quotation from the article:  The word busy is the symptom not of commitment but of betrayal."  The article can be found at:

Does “busy” define how you live? 2017-07-06T09:08:17-04:00