seminary wives institute

Before MSH and I enrolled in our classes here at Southern, he told me about the Seminary Wives Institute (SWI). Here is the description about SWI from their Web site that you can visit here.

At Southern Seminary, we recognize the need for God-called ministers’ wives to be prepared for ministry. We believe that a minister’s wife needs to be educated and equipped as she and her husband prepare for service in the churches and beyond. The time a student wife is in the seminary setting with her husband is the perfect time to undertake this training. She has opportunity to network with other wives who are preparing for the place God has for them. She will benefit from her study with faculty wives who can share from their rich experience. The courses in the Seminary Wives Institute (SWI) are designed to give ministers’ wives biblically based and practically applied teaching. They are taught by our own seminary faculty as well as faculty wives and guest speakers. We are committed to make this institute a vital part of the seminary wife’s experience at Southern Seminary.

Sign me up, right? So, I did. And last night was our first meeting. I am in Essentials I class, which is basically an overview of everything-- being a minister's wife and a Christian, being a Biblical wife, practical marriage issues, being content, being a time manager, being a proclaimer of the Gospel, being a mother, being industrious, and more.

Last night, Mrs. Mohler, Dr. Mohler's wife, taught my class. She was absolutely wonderful! I have loved being able to spend personal time with her at church a few weeks ago then at lunch with she and her family, but getting to hear her teach last night was so great.

Mrs. Mohler taught on "Your Calling to be a Christian and a Minister's Wife." Mrs. Mohler shared her personal quiet time tips with us and then some advice she had for us as ministers' wives. The thing I loved most about hearing Mrs. Mohler speak is that I know she speaks from the heart. I know she is Dr. Mohler's #1 fan, and I know that she provides the things he needs from her to do the things he needs to do. The old quote says, "Behind every good man is a good woman," and I think it is so true. She reminded us that we must always keep our husband's our first priority (behind God, of course) and our children our second. She reminded us how important it is to have a good attitude toward your husband's ministry, so that your attitude will rub off on your children.

She also hit us with some sobering statistics. Did you know that issues of ministers' wives is the #1 reason ministers leave the ministry? And did you know that divorce rates for ministers and their wives are 50%, which is the same as the general public? Just some things to think about, women.

I am so excited about the rest of my time in SWI. I know that I will learn valuable things in my classes that I might not learn in my regular seminary classes. I thank God for Mrs. Mohler and her dedication to SWI and to SBTS in general. We are so blessed to have her here ministering alongside her faithful husband. God is so good.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad to know what this is. I'm not familiar with the "workings" of seminary.

    My great, great grandfather was a Methodist circuit rider in the early days of Alabama! But, I don't think that he and his wife went to seminary! HA