Renewal on the Run

Renewal on the Run: Encouragement for Women Who Are Partners in Ministry

This well-written book addresses the needs, questions, struggles, and joys of all church workers.

Reviewed by Janet White, a pastor's wife living in Flint, Michigan.

In her delightful yet practical style Jill Briscoe once again brings to partners in ministry an excellent book. Ministers' wives have specific needs rarely touched in most books for women. This volume offers encouragement for pastors in understanding their helpmates.

Briscoe, herself a pastor's wife, sees the role of ministry partners as a privilege. She suggests how to: cope with limited resources and high expectations; deal with criticism; manage time and stress; nurture friendships; balance home and church life; develop spiritual gifts; work in partnership with pastor husbands; and nurture our relationship with God in the midst of busy schedules.

Since ministry constantly changes, priorities and flexibility are essential. Pastors' wives are called in the sense that each has a personal spiritual responsibility to God. And God never calls without equipping. Briscoe urges the reader to be hospitable, available, and flexible for God's interruptions. A great deal can be done for the kingdom by "little servants" with "little skill" and "little training" if they have big hearts for God.

Good ministry partners operate like joint heirs in Christ, learning and living His plan together. They don't operate solely as individuals. They simply have to do their best and leave the rest to God, who is not as concerned as people are with roles. A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality.

Sprinkled though the book are Briscoe's poems and prayers, illustrations, and pithy quotes. This well-written book addresses the needs, questions, struggles, and joys of all church workers.


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Reviewed by Janet White, a pastor's wife living in Flint, Michigan.

May 1993

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