Jump directly to the Content

Sharing the Stage

A husband and wife reflect on the challenges and rewards of pastoring together.

We are a husband-and-wife team who lead a faith community in Deep Ellum, a district of Dallas, Texas. From the beginning we wanted to be co-pastors, but we knew this would be an adjustment for the congregation. Now that we've led the church for a few years, we decided to share our reflections on how leading together is going so far.

Rachel: We knew communication to the congregation was essential. We explained that Joel and I truly serve side-by-side, a 50-50 split. Our roles would be based on giftedness, not gender. We really were going to co-pastor, together. Though we were resolute about this commitment, we tried to be accommodating in the early days. We both preached on Sundays but Joel led our staff and board meetings. Joel loved leading the staff meetings. The board meetings were another story.

Joel: Leading the board was a chore for me. Actually, "leading" consisted of Rachel creating the agenda for the meeting and spending two hours prepping me on what to cover. It ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
How a Small Congregation Fed 145,000 People
How a Small Congregation Fed 145,000 People
God is using 124 people from this historic congregation to support a big ministry.
From the Magazine
Reading God’s Word like a Poem, Not an Instruction Manual
Reading God’s Word like a Poem, Not an Instruction Manual
The Bible teaches us, says Matthew Mullins, but its method of teaching always entails more than information and guidance.
Editor's Pick
How to Fight Peer Pressure Culture in Our Churches
How to Fight Peer Pressure Culture in Our Churches
Recent examples of fallen ministries show us that conformity can be dangerous.
close