By Joe McKeever
1. A strong sense of God’s calling on the pastor’s life.
2. An increasingly deeper love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. A devotion to the Scriptures.
5. A great relationship with his spouse.
“Husband, love your wife even as Christ loved the church…” (Ephesians 5:25). Peter told his audience that husbands and wives “are heirs together of the grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7). As a husband/pastor of more than half a century, when my wife and I were close, I always felt closer to the Lord.
Husbands must take the initiative in protecting quality time with his wife and children. He should enlist the aid of the office and ministry staff in this endeavor, which will always be under attack. The congregation should pray for the pastor’s marriage and be supportive of reasonable requests to further strengthen this vital relationship.
My longtime friend Pastor Mike Miller not only keeps Friday as his day with wife Terri, but he announces it from the pulpit and makes sure the staff covers all responsibilities for that day. They’ve kept this schedule for many years, and the vitality of their marriage is a tribute to this devotion.