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One pastor’s wife told us that her role was like getting a job for which she never applied.
She wrote this funny script in her response: Husband: “Honey, I got you a job today.” Wife: “Really? I have plenty to do here running the household and raising the kids. Me stay home with the kids so you could fully dedicate yourself to the ministry.” Husband: “Yeah, yeah.
"(As pastor), it's a challenge in a church to even have close friends, so you have to look other places," she said.
"It's kind of weird when one of your first dates is at a funeral." As Parker and other local pastors can attest, being an unmarried pastor can be full of challenges — and some opportunities.
But I really need you take this job for me.” Wife: “Well, okay, just tell me what to do and when it needs to be done by, and I will do everything I can to make it happen.” Husband: “Well, right now there are no specific responsibilities. Things are always tight around here on a pastor’s salary.
Basically, it’s just doing anything at church that no one else steps up to do or wants to do.” Wife: “Oh my, that is a tall order. Husband: “Well, actually honey, there is no salary .
But the positives, they say, include an ability to devote themselves more fully to God's work.
Parker, 54, has experienced the ministry from both perspectives.
She was married for 18 years before divorcing in 2000 and moving to Evansville. "I think it's probably easier to be single (as a pastor), but it's terribly lonely," she said.
When she was married, Parker could share what she calls "the burden of ministry" with her husband.