Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry, ThesisProject
Abstract:The role of the pastor’s wife within the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) remains largely unaddressed despite more than one hundred years of women serving in this capacity. The purpose of this thesis-project was to help prepare persons who already may be or will be assuming the role of pastor’s spouse within the COGOP. To quantify the issues facing pastors’ spouses, a questionnaire of thirty-five questions was sent in an anonymous survey. The questions were based on ten objectives in order to find out how pastors’ wives felt they were affecting and being affected by their role.
The group responses showed that participants are influencing their local churches by their involvement in teaching, administration, and event planning. The group responses also showed that participants need help in understanding their role and in preparing and training to help meet their personal, family, and congregational needs and challenges. On the basis of the responses, recommendations are made as to how best to prepare pastors’ wives for their role.