By Katy Peperkorn
So You Want to Welcome the New Pastor’s Wife. . .
In my observations, most congregations are excited to welcome their new pastor and his family. Congregations have excellent ways of making the first few days after a pastor’s move more comfortable: Pantry showers, donations for groceries, meals delivered to the door, a welcome bag with details about the area, etc. This certainly makes the first week or so a little easier for a new family in town.
But what about after the moving truck rolls away and most of the boxes are unpacked? The new pastor will be busy meeting with elders and council members, looking over old bulletins, and trying to get a feel for his new congregation. However, his wife is often left on her own to find the new normal for herself and her family. That can be a lonely time for her—no friends nearby, her husband swamped with work, and a general sense of unsettledness after her life was packed into the back of a truck. If you are a layperson, you may wonder what congregation members can do to welcome the new pastor’s wife.