Training couples to minister as couples: can you help?

We’re been thinking for a while about how we can train married couples as couples to do ministry together as a couple. This was reinforced by the visit to us of Robert Banks in which he highlighted the way Aquila and Priscilla worked together as a married couple.

But where to turn? Does anyone know of any resources for training couples to minister together? I don’t mean material on marriage – we’ll cover that, but we have plenty of material on married life. I’m interested in resources on partnering in ministry, supporting one another in ministry, using your home for ministry and so on.  

I recognise that, while some couples may have a shared ministry, other couples may have distinct ministries so the focus for them will be on mutual support and identifying opportunities for overlap. 

Any suggestions?

5 thoughts on “Training couples to minister as couples: can you help?

  1. Christopher Ash’s book “Married for God” covers some of that stuff. It is primarily about marriage, but he’s got some good stuff about the purpose of marriage and labouring/serving together (esp. in the early chapters).

    Hope that helps.

    Simon P

  2. My wife and I were talking about this subject this week. Most of the ministry stuff that we are involved in we do seperately, I take the kids so she can lead music, she takes them so I can preach etc etc. However doing marriage stuff in the church is the one thing we do together – and we were reflecting on how great it is to plan, pray and work together on it. We’d love to think, read, and discover more about the Aquila-Priscilla model you mention. I hope you get some good replies to this post, and we look forward to the conclusions you come to/resources you recommend.

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  4. Jerram Barrs of Covenant Seminary’s Worldwide Classroom lectured on the lives of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. He noted how they sought to do everything together… it was an act, an expression, of their oneness. In terms of ministry they saw themselves as a team. I am still going through the lectures, but the ones that Barrs highlights this is in Francis Schaeffer: The Early Years. You can skim the lecture notes of 3,4,5 and 6; definitely quicker than listening to them all.

  5. Mark Stirling (Navigators) in St Andrews has been thinking a lot about using their home to minister together and the role of hospitality (that isn’t to say they assign one half of the partnership to the kitchen!). He ran one of the tracks at the European Leadership Forum last year so I imagine you could contact him via their website or email me and I’ll forward it on to him. He also studied at Covenant so he has perhaps also been influenced by the Schaeffer legacy.

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