. . .upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

The Role of a Preacher's Wife

What does the Bible say a preacher's wife should be



The Bible does not speak much about the role of a preacher's wife or her characteristics so let us take a look at what the Bible says about women in general.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Ephesians 5:22-23

"Mentor" according to dictionary.com means "a wise and trusted counselor or teacher." The preacher's wife should be trustworthy, not a gossiper. They should be ready to counsel and guide young people with biblical knowledge and understanding that will build their faith and trust in the Lord.

Wives are responsible for keeping a clean, well kept home and fulfilling all necessary duties to her husband and children as this is one way she serves the Lord.

"Chaste" according to the dictionary means

-not engaging in sexual relations, celibate, free from obscenity; decent, undefiled or stainless, pure in style; not excessively ornamented; simple. -dictionary.com-

Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 1 Timothy 3:11

A preacher's wife must NOT BE a FALSE ACCUSER or FALSE WITNESS, or GOSSIPER, or SLANDERER, or consume alcoholic beverages. She is to be a 'TEACHER' to young ladies in how to be proper ladies, godly ladies faithful to the Lord, and for married ladies to be faithful to their husbands as well as to the Lord.

Again, she must be "chaste," referring to "free from obscenity; decent, undefiled or stainless, pure in style."

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9-10

A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 12:4

Again, she must be "chaste," referring to "decent, pure in style; not excessively ornamented; simple."