Resources by Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is a church planting pastor's wife, mom to three boys, and the author of The Church Planting Wife and From Good to Grace. Through her blog, Grace Covers Me (gracecoversme.com), she encourages women to live and lead from the grace of Christ. You can follow her on Twitter at @christinehoover.
Jul 20, 2015

Who Pours Into You? by Christine Hoover

I wonder if, in all our talk of discipleship and mentoring and "pouring into", we've created for ourselves a culture of entitlement.

Oct 21, 2015

When You Wonder if All the Work is Worth It by Christine Hoover

We planted our church over six years ago. There is a church where there used to not be one, yes, but we're still working really hard and sometimes it feels like we're spinning our wheels. When is it going to get easier? When is God going to do something big and miraculous instead of the small and incremental? 

Dec 8, 2015

What God Celebrates In Us by Christine Hoover

God asks for our faithfulness, but we don't get to choose the shape our faithfulness takes. 

Jun 29, 2016

What Does It Mean to Give Grace to One Another? by Christine Hoover

Grace primarily means that we see one another as new creations in Christ, and we recognize the grace we received at salvation is continuing its work as a change agent in our lives.

Sep 24, 2015

The Undercurrent of Temptation in Ministry by Christine Hoover

We know we are not Jesus, but we're tempted to believe and act from the idea that we're able to be all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, self-sufficient, without limits, self-existent, and in control of all things. Especially in how we minister to others.

Jul 28, 2015

The Time I Said I Don't Always Like Women's Ministry Events by Christine Hoover

I invite her to our women's day retreat. She says no. She describes past experiences of women's events characterized by shallow conversation, girly crafts, and topics never veering far from marriage and motherhood.

Jun 15, 2016

The Gift of Being Limited by Christine Hoover

Limits are gifts that help us remember that our greatest gift is a God who is limitless.

Jul 6, 2016

The 4 Biggest Mistakes I've Made in Marriage by Christine Hoover

The choice of our wedding date may have been our first mistake in marriage, but there have been many more I've made that have been of much greater consequence than how we spend our anniversaries.

Jun 2, 2016

Raise Your Hand by Christine Hoover

We all, at some point, are overwhelmed with burdens that are too heavy for us each to carry alone. Sometimes God acts in our lives without using others to meet our needs, but His normal mode of operation is to use wise believers in the Body of Christ—His church— to help us understand, grow, and grieve.

Sep 17, 2015

Push Through The Awkward by Christine Hoover

After living a lot of my life passively, I've discovered that pushing through the awkward is better than retreating almost all of the time. Because it's in pushing through the awkward that life gets a little bit crazy and a lot more complicated but also where God gets to come through.

Jun 15, 2015

One Thing: Christine Hoover

What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?

Series: One Thing

What is the one thing you would say to encourage the pastor’s wife?

May 11, 2015

How to Pastor Without Losing Your Wife's Heart by Christine Hoover

My pastor husband has learned the art of running full-out in ministry while also running full-out in marriage and family. Because of this--because he has been as committed to me as he has to ministry--he hasn’t lost my heart. In fact, he has it more than ever. This is why

Feb 1, 2016

How to Help Your Wife in Church Planting by Christine Hoover

How can church planters help their wives navigate the church planting process well?

Jun 21, 2015

From Rubble to Restoration by Christine Hoover

He longs to transform their spiritual rubble into complete life restoration because this is His way, the way of Jesus. If they would just let Him.

Dec 29, 2015

From Generalist to Specialist

What to Do When You’re Doing it All

All church planting wives start as generalists. We are children’s ministry coordinators, counselors, graphic designers, web managers, worship leaders, hostesses, and the primary sounding board for the church planter. Multiply this work times years of church planting, and it can make for one exhausted woman. I know, because I was one.

Jan 4

Friendship for the Pastor's Wife by Christine Hoover

The pastor's wife is just like every other woman in the church when it comes to friendship: she gets a choice who she lets in.

Apr 22, 2015

Enduring Motivation for Ministry as a Pastor's Wife by Christine Hoover

I’d been a pastor’s wife for less than a year when I began preparing my exit strategy . . .

Sep 10, 2015

Dear Mama of Littles by Christine Hoover

When I was Mama to littles, I mothered hard but often only with reward in mind: the end of the day, the occasional morning to sleep in, the dazed stroll around Target. My hope, I'm saying to you, was in false hopes, temporary hopes, lifeless hopes, hopes that were never guaranteed to give me anything.

Feb 1

Community Requires Vulnerability by Christine Hoover

Community isn’t something that comes to us; it’s something that we go toward.

Jan 18

Church, This is a Call for Familial Friendship by Christine Hoover

We must actively pursue deep relationships with others within our churches in which we bravely share how the gospel lays claim to our lives. 

Jun 15, 2015

Christine Hoover on The Pastor's Wife, Part 2 by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What are some important things for pastors’ wives to remember about congregations?

Jun 15, 2015

Christine Hoover on The Pastor's Wife, Part 1 by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

What are some important things for churches to remember about pastors’ wives?

Oct 7, 2015

7 Things I Wish I'd Known Earlier About Being a Pastor's Wife by Christine Hoover

There is no training ground for ministry life for the pastor's wife, there is just the doing it. But if I could go back in time and talk to my first-year-in-the-ministry self, this is what I would say.

Jun 5, 2015

4 Reasons to Beware the Goodness Gospel by Christine Hoover

For many of my formative years, the overarching and consistent message I received at church was, “Be good." I attempted with everything in me to be good, but my efforts only reinforced what I knew deep inside: I wasn’t good enough and could never be.