Oklahoma Baptists may remember a special motion offered at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Annual Meeting in November 2018. The motion requested for a month of appreciation in recognition of the wives of ministers, including pastors, staff ministers, evangelists and directors of missions. Messengers voted with overwhelming support in honor of women who serve in such a vital role within the life of the church. As a result, a new tradition has begun in the state of Oklahoma. Each year, the month of August will be dedicated to the encouragement and support of ministry wives.

Within the church calendar, August is often spent wrapping up the busy activities of summer, such as camps, mission trips and Vacation Bible School. Many wives are welcoming their husbands back home from extended time away at various back-to-back events. August is a great month to show appreciation for these special women before the busy new school year, kickoff of Fall activities and Promotion Sunday.

There are many practical and inexpensive
ways to encourage the ministry wives in
your church or association:

• Mail handwritten letters. This is always a source of great encouragement.
• Provide a home-cooked meal from your small group for the minister’s family.
• Collect money for a gift card or thoughtful present.
• Plan a craft for the nursery or elementary-age children as gifts to the staff wives.
• Spend quality time with your minister’s wife by planning a fun night with friends.

Finally, never underestimate the power of your words. Affirming the service and care of your minister’s wife is greatly appreciated. A simple thank you is always welcomed.

Another way to show appreciation to the ministry wives in your church is by providing them a weekend away to be refreshed and encouraged. Each year, the BGCO Women’s office plans a retreat for wives to connect and care for one another. Tulsa, First will host this special weekend on Sept. 20-21, 2019. The cost of the event is $50. Out-of-town guests can plan to stay at the nearby Holiday Inn Express Tulsa Downtown. Registration and rooms can be booked through the BGCO Women’s website at www.BGCOwomen.org. For more information, call the Women’s Office at 405/942-3800 Ext. 4324.

Furthermore, in the month of August, we encourage you to find time on an August Sunday morning to recognize these women. Our prayer is this encouragement will advance the Gospel as they continue the work of which God has called them in their homes, church, and community.