Today’s Woman Beside The Man Laurie Adams!


I’m so excited to introduce you to Laurie from Women Taking a Stand! I want to make special note of the question she poses in #8 because it is directed towards lay people. I’ll let her tell you the rest of her story. Thanks for playing, Laurie!

1. Please share your Real Name and Blog Name:

Laurie Adams @ WOMEN TAKING A STAND

2. In what area/areas of ministry do you serve alongside your husband? How long have you been in ministry?

We serve as Associate Pastors. Our area of ministry is centered around Christian Education, Visitation, Ministry Outreach, Senior Adult Ministry. We have been in full time ministry for 7 years and prior to that served as interim pastors filling in churches in our district for a year.

In addition to our Pastoral Ministry. I assist my husband when he conducts Christian Education Leaders Training all over the states for the national office of the Assemblies of God. In addition , we serve as the Christian Education Reps for our section in our state.

3. What is your favorite part of being a ministry wife?

Investing in others. Encouraging – especially women. Finding treasure within someone who doesn’t quite see it yet and help them to discover giftings they did not know they have.

4. Describe your personal giftedness. How do you exercise that within the church?

Encouragement, hospitality, Prayer, teaching

I lead a ladies bible study,
I write a weekly church prayer blog,
I invest in ladies of the church by sending out cards of encouragement every week and having lunch with at least one lady a week.
I am a behind the scene person and make a lot of the “small” details happen so my husband doesn’t have to worry about it. I am quite ocd about details.

5. If you have children, what’s the most embarrassing PK thing they’ve ever done? If you do not have children, have you committed a blunder yourself that you can laugh about now?

When filling in at a church, my daughter who was about four years old was in a stage of telling big tales … I mean BIG whoppers. While my husband and I took our place in the sanctuary ready to preach, my daughter went off to children’s church. Following the service, a lady greeted us with laughter and relayed the story of how she inquired of our daughter if she had any brothers or sisters. Our daughter told her that she had a sister but she had died. The lady said “Oh I am so sorry” “how old was she?” “16” My daughter replied. The lady then asked my daughter what her sister died of, and our daughters response? – “She smoked too much”

Funny thing is – that church never asked us back again to preach!

{Lisa here…I’m rolling over this one! Poor, sister. Those cigarettes are bad news. lol}

6. What is the single most important piece of advice you would like to offer other ministry wives?

Family first over ministry.
Ministry is fun!
Don’t ask anything of anybody that you are not willing to do yourself.
Have a servants heart.
Just love the people … God will do the rest.

7. Do you have a question about ministry life you’d like answered by those who reading this spotlight?

If you could name one thing that you need from your Pastors wife…what would it be?

8. Where can we visit you on the web? (blog url)

http://womentakingastand.blogspot.com/
http://wmfirstassemblyofgodprays.blogspot.com/

The Woman Beside The Man


Welcome back to The Woman Beside the Man! It’s my complete pleasure to introduce you to Shane at Heart Reflections. Don’t forget to take note of the question she asks of us in #7. I’m loving the interaction so y’all chat it up! And lay people? Don’t feel left out. Please chime in with your own responses and feel free to contribute your thoughts regarding the relationships between congregations and the ministry wives who serve them.

1. Share your real name and blog name:

Shane at Heart Reflections

2. In what area/areas of ministry do you serve alongside your husband?

I serve with my hubby in worship – as I am a praise team leader. I also started a women’s ministry approx 5 years ago. You can read more details about my journey into women’s ministry here:

http://heartreflections.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/how-it-all-began

How long have you been in ministry? I grew up in the church loving music. So, music started way back when. But as I stated above it’s been about 5 years being really active.

3. What is your favorite part of being a ministry wife?

My favorite part of being married to my preacher-man is the first-hand experience of God’s work in others lives. Often, the life is my own. My hubby, Marc, really was the first one to introduce me into a relationship with Christ. Growing up in the church it was just a piece of my life, Jesus wasn’t ingrained into every part of me. So, watching our church grow into a deeper relationship with Christ is amazing.

4. Describe your personal giftedness. How do you exercise that within the church?

Do I have to? Can’t I write about my weaknesses? Well, actually that might be my gift. Let’s see here… I believe God has gifted me with a sense of being REAL. This gift came wrapped up in an ugly package of postpartum depression. Through this journey (and my ongoing battle with depression) God revealed the beauty of humility and vulnerability. It takes one woman to share her story to reach other’s hearts. Once the doors open, suddenly you find yourself in a community of believers who are real, honest, and understanding.

5. If you have children, what’s the most embarrassing PK thing they’ve ever done?

Where do I begin? My little one, in Kindergarten, loves telling people her Daddy is the Pastor. She goes to our church school. Everyone already knows who she is and who her Daddy is. But I think it’s so cute that she continues to let everyone know just who were Daddy is. Couldn’t we all be like this with our heavenly Father?

But, the MOST embarrassing probably comes from a sermon series my husband did a few years ago. The series was entitled Home Makeover: Church Edition (I think!). It was based upon our home’s need for reconstruction because our daughters FLOODED the house. Yep! They played slip n slide during their nap time. These ingenious girls (at age 3 & 5) let the water run full blast in the tiny sink upstairs. The water then flowed into the hallway, where they took clothes, towels, anything they could use to water down their runway. It was all fun and games into the ceiling in the lower level collapsed! True Story!

6. What is the single most important piece of advice you would like to offer other ministry wives?

Be yourself. If you don’t know who that is, spend time in God’s Word and have Him reveal it to you. Don’t rush into any commitments just because you think it’s the right thing to do. If people criticize you, let it roll off your shoulders. Remember the Beatitudes, Matthew 4:11-12: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

7. Do you have a question about ministry life you’d like answered by those who reading this spotlight?

How do you stay fresh in your relationship with Christ?

8. Where can we visit you on the web? (blog url)

http://www.heartreflections.wordpress.com/ and www.ShanesHeart.com

The Woman Beside the Man Meet Georgia Jan!

I am out-of-my-mind thrilled to introduce our first ever Woman Beside the Man. She is none other than our beloved Georgia Jan. Jan, thank you so much for playing along with us! For those of you who don’t know her, she is the epitome of all a pastor’s wife should aspire to be – joyful, gracious, loving, crazy about her man and most of all – she’s crazy about her Jesus

I don’t want to steal Jan’s thunder so here’s what she had to share with us in her interview:


1. Please share your Real Name and Blog Name:
My real name is Jan Maloy Morton
My blog name is “Georgia Jan.” (Not very creative – I live in Georgia and my name is Jan!)

2. In what area/areas of ministry do you serve alongside your husband?

My husband is the Worship Pastor as well as Church administrator (www.sbcwr.org). I am my husband’s favorite first soprano and have been singing in “his choir” for over 33 years…we were high school sweethearts! We also teach a Sunday School class together that is for new/prospective church members that is a covenant class required for church membership, called “Second Life” (our church is Second Baptist….hence the name). We love to mentor young couples and we love the younger pastors and wives on our church staff as well.

How long have you been in ministry? 32 years

3. What is your favorite part of being a ministry wife?

I can truthfully say that my favorite part about being a ministry wife is serving God’s people alongside my husband. Girls, we are blessed to be partners WITH our husbands as ministry wives. Many women have no clue as to what their husband’s jobs actually entail, yet we are blessed to actively participate with our men! It isn’t always easy…this I know, but it is a privilege!

4. Describe your personal giftedness. How do you exercise that within the church?

I love to lead and teach and use these gifts as Women’s Ministry Director and have served in that role for 12 years. I could not do this without the great team of ladies helping me! I teach women’s Bible study classes every Sunday night and have done that for almost 18 years. That is my favorite! I love to plan events and love on the other pastor’s wives on our church staff. I am the “Titus” staff woman in both age and experience. I am also a soloist, but my greatest joy is singing in the choir. God has given me the gift of discernment – that is a great blessing in ministry…

5. If you have children, what’s the most embarrassing PK thing they have ever done?

We have two sons, ages 27 and 24. Our oldest son was only 6 and we had JUST moved to our church – had literally been here less than 4 weeks. We were living in an apartment complex and he had been exposed to some new things, primarily some new words he had learned on the playground. During circle time at Vacation Bible School he asked a college-aged young man who was interning that summer if he had “sex”…OH MY GOODNESS…it was horrible…funny now but at that moment I knew I should have kept the boxes to start packing again. This son is now a Pastor, working on his doctorate. God reigns!

6. What is the single most important piece of advice you would like to offer other ministry wives?

Love the people and be yourself, and remember that battles are won on your knees in prayer.

7. Do you have a question about ministry life you’d like answered by those who reading this spotlight?

Do you make friends easily with women in your congregation and have “best friends,” or do you not have close friendships with them?

8. Where can we visit you on the web?

http://granjansjoy.blogspot.com/

Now don’t you girls just love this? I feel like I know Jan better already. :)) I want to point out question 7 to you because each week, we’ll be asking one another for input on any number of issues. I hope you will take a moment to respond to this great topic of friendships within the church in the comments whether you are a ministry or layperson!

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