The Wife of the Equipping Minister
Created by Southwestern Seminary's First Lady, Mrs. Dorothy Patterson, this course is taught each fall. Offered free of charge, the course offers a practical survey of issues relating to the role of the minister's wife. An abbreviated admissions form is used to enroll first time students in the course.
The objectives of the course are:
- To enable a woman to find her own identity in Christ, to incorporate a personal quiet time in her own life, and to prepare a personal testimony for sharing with others;
- To challenge a wife to fulfill divinely-assigned responsibilities to her husband of helping him in the task God has assigned to him and submitting to his leadership in the home and church;
- To demonstrate the homemaking skills and efficiency for managing, maintaining, and enhancing the home as a shelter and nurturing center for the family;
- To train mothers to rear their children in the Lord through consistent nurture, creative teaching, and effective discipline;
- To familiarize the staff wife with her opportunities for ministry within the church and to motivate her to choose and equip herself for ministry according to her own respective gifts; and
- To provide an opportunity for each class member to present her own ministry/talent/spiritual gift to the class.
This course is required of all students enrolled in the Seminary Studies for Student Wives (SSSW) program. Those in the SSSW program should take this course the first fall semester they are enrolled.