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Women in the Shadows

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Wives of pastors labor faithfully alongside their husbands in ministry, yet they are very rarely given the opportunity for financial compensation, ministry credentials, or leadership roles. What effect does this treatment have on women, the mission of the church, and the congregations they serve? Can this treatment be considered just?

Renee McKey examines the issue as a matter of biblical ethics in this master’s degree thesis. Using her own experience in ministry alongside her husband, she offers candid testimony as a springboard to a fresh and compelling look at women in ministry, many of whom serve entirely as volunteers. Calling attention to the vital role of pastoral wives, she illuminates their often unfair treatment—making a compelling argument for equality in ministry from a solutions-oriented, healing perspective.

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  • Addresses the role of women in SDA ministry
  • Illuminates the treatment of pastoral wives as an issue of biblical ethics
  • Uses a solutions-oriented, biblical perspective
  • Introduction
  • My Story
  • Financial Compensation
  • Calling
  • Leadership
  • Conclusion
  • Appendixes
  • Bibliography
  • Title: Women in the Shadows: An Ethical View of Pastoral Wives Engaged in Ministry
  • Author: Renee McKey
  • Publisher: Renee McKey
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 133
  • Christian Group: SDA
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Ministry Resources; Practical Life

Renee McKey writes from 40 years of experience in ministry as a pastor’s wife in Mid-America and Alaska. Her bachelor’s degree in music education equips her to fulfill her passion of leading worship. She also earned a certificate in evangelism from the North American Division Evangelism Association. In 2014, she graduated from Andrews University with a Masters in pastoral ministry. McKey is a fifth generation Seventh-day Adventist, well acquainted with denominational culture and tradition.


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