ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Being a pastor’s wife is an enormous job and is vital to the success of the pastor. She is called to serve as a servant, volunteer, teacher and supporter. She is flexible, organized and busy. She is a confidante for her husband, as well as his cheerleader. She allows her husband to vent, brainstorm and be himself. And, she does all of that in a “glass house,” under the scrutiny of the community where everything she or her children do is critiqued. As stated, “It is an enormous job.”
New Mexico Baptist pastor’s wives were invited to attend the second Pastors’ Wives Retreat on May 3-4 at Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque. Approximately 40 women came together to laugh, worship, play, vent, pray and just relax.
Teresa Howard of Rogers led worship. Howard has served on staff at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services for 24 years. She is also the site coordinator of Bridge to Hope Christian Women’s Job Corps, Portales. Corinna Smith from Dalhart, Texas, presented a concert on Friday night and special music on Saturday. During the event’s general sessions, the pastors’ wives listened to Caroline Jones, from Erwin, North Carolina. At this year’s retreat the ladies were introduced to Symphony Rose, a character created by Jones.
During the breakouts on Saturday, the women shopped at the WorldCrafts store on site, played games, put together puzzles, treated their hands to a wax and lotion massage, ate, talked and laughed. Diane Johnston from First Baptist Church, Mayhill, led a craft class where ladies created a key chain.
The wives shared in a time of prayer for each other and their husbands. They were also encouraged the to find a prayer partner within the group to share requests with throughout the upcoming year.
This year’s event was hosted by New Mexico WMU, The New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries and the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.