Feeling useless in his ministry

by Feeling

My husband is pastoring his first church and I am having a hard time feeling useful. He communicates directly with all the women in the church by texting. I've asked him to please stop doing it and he even announced it at church for ladies to text me. But nothing changed.

Over our 18 years of marriage he has always struggled with pornography addiction. It has given me a very low self esteem and I struggle with knowing he's texting women in church. Even if it's just prayer requests or general information I just wonder if it could lead to something more.

He also works with ALL WOMEN and that frequently makes me jealous. He knows all their names and frequently talks about women at work. We moved here from out of state and because I homeschool our children I don't know anyone and feel very alone.


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You are loved
by: Teacher

I am a teacher in a Christian School (a ministry but not pastoral), heavily involved with church as a leader, married with 3 kids... And I am a male.

May I humbly make a few suggestions.

1. Your worth comes from Christ. Please don't feel useless. You are loved.

2. You have every right to ask your husband to stop texting women and meeting them one on one.

3. He can meet ladies in groups or have other female mentors that can meet them individually. You can have a joint email account so no written communication is hidden. Some men refuse to get into a car alone with a woman.

I have female friends that I have purposely lost contact with for my wife's sake. I have my kids reply to my female colleagues that do text me while i am driving. They can ask to play with my phone anytime. This helps everyone know that texting is safe and gives my wife peace of mind.

Also i have nothing that is serious (like prayer requests) on texts... Just things like "don't forget to bring....". Praying is very intimate. When people bare their hearts to someone they feel more close to them. It is perfectly fine to publically ask all prayer requests be sent to the joint email account... Or to a prayer request account. Then you or a female leader can be the one to reply to the women.

It's not necessarily because your husband in particular is not trustworthy, but we are all susceptible to sin and church leaders.. especially pastors.. have a big target on their backs. Satan knows if the pastor falls so will much of the church. Because of this we men have to value our relationship with Christ and our wives above the church. There is no ministry more valuble than our relationships with Christ and our wives. We have to take steps to guard our time with God and family...and ensure safe practices even if they are uncomfortable or inconvenient.

Hope that helps

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