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August: Ministry Wives Appreciation Month
Oklahoma Baptists may remember a special motion offered at the Oklahoma Baptists Annual Meeting in November 2018. The motion requested for a month of appreciation in recognition of the wives of ministers, including pastors, staff ministers, evangelists, and directors of missions. Messengers voted with overwhelming support in honor of women who serve in such a vital role within the life of the church. As a result, a new tradition has begun in the state of Oklahoma. August will be dedicated to the encouragement and support of ministry wives.
Within the church calendar, August is often spent wrapping up the busy activities of summer, such as camps, mission trips, and Vacation Bible School. Many wives are welcoming their husbands back home from extended time away at various back-to-back events. August is a great month to show appreciation for these special women before the busyness hits of the new school year, kickoff of Fall activities and Promotion Sunday.
Finally, never underestimate the power of your words. Affirming the service and care of your minister’s wife is greatly appreciated. A simple thank you is always welcomed.
Furthermore, in the month of August, we encourage you to find time on an August Sunday morning to recognize these women. Our prayer is this encouragement will advance the Gospel as they continue the work God has called them to in their homes, church, and community.
There are many practical, inexpensive ways to encourage the ministry wives in your church or association:
- Mail handwritten letters. This is always a source of great encouragement.
- Provide a home cooked meal from your small group for the minister’s family.
- Collect money for a gift card or thoughtful present.
- Plan a craft for the nursery or elementary aged children to gift to the staff wives.
- Spend quality time with your minister’s wife by planning a fun night with friends.