Monthly Archives: December 2017

Why Train Pastor’s Wives?

During the first half of our 35-year marriage, my husband and I had weekly discussions on the injustices women face in ministry. Ever since my teen years, when I would stomp into the principal’s office over an injustice in school, I’ve had a bent towards advocating for others. Looking back, I’m not surprised at the direction my life has taken in starting Parakaleo.

Couples go into church planting together and during the assessment process, the [...]

By |December 29th, 2017|Shari Thomas|2 Comments|

Advent

Every Sunday, the children are invited forward at our church. It’s one of my favorite parts of the service. Squiggly kids. Tentative ones. The bosses. The boisterous. The people-pleasers. Their unabashed traits shining in all their glory. No time-crafted mask covers that beauty yet. Sigh.

What does Advent mean? the children are asked. It’s one simple question. One simple answer. Coming. And the first purple candle of Advent is lit.

This year, John and I mailed Advent candles [...]