No, it’s not an exotic location or a bizarrely shaped house. The strangest place I’ve lived is in a Pastor’s Home. I was a Pastor’s daughter for most of my teen years and am now a Pastor’s wife. Believe me, it’s different. DISCLAIMER – the church hubby is currently Pastoring is a great bunch of people! We have been very loved on and truly feel at home. These statements are generalizations that come from being a Pastor’s kid in two different churches and a Pastor’s wife in four and not our current church!
I am expected to show up weekly – or sometimes multiple times a week – to my husband’s work. When hubby worked at UPS, I used FedEx, the Postal Service . . . whatever shipping option worked best for me!
In many congregations, there is the expectation that the Pastor’s wife will serve on certain committees (whether those committees fit her gifts and interests or not!). Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with that!
Occasionally, the Pastor’s kids are held to a higher standard than the other kids in the church. (My amazing hubby usually responds with “If you want to have expectations of my family, put them on the payroll.)
With hubby Pastoring a church in a small town, we can’t go out a date night in without running in to someone hubby knows which means he “goes to work”. I’ve just come to expect those moments.
Kiss Christmas Eve goodbye! And that occasional year when Christmas is on Sunday?! Mom has to get creative so the kids still get their Christmas traditions!
But when you are blessed with a congregation who values their Pastor, there is some “upside” to the weirdness!
There are those in every congregation that understand the sacrifice of having a family member who is on call LITERALLY 24 hours a day seven days a week and they are sometimes more protective of the families vacation time and the Pastor’s day off than his wife!
Members of the church family tend to be generous with left-over produce in the summer and have been known to drop off Christmas gifts.
Those members of the church that are of the right age, have been known to step in as surrogate grandparents when the Pastor and his family are living far away from the biological grandparents.
I get to see my husband do something he is really good at every single church service. I LOVE his passion for preaching and his preaching style!
Yes, it’s weird to be married to a man whose job is simply a part of his life, not something he leaves behind when he comes home each day. But my hubby is really good at what he does and I respect the heart he has for the congregation, his desire to see God work in the life of each individual in the church, and his skill for teaching the Word.
The Pastor’s home is a strange – sometimes stressful – place to live but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!