Our heart’s desire is that the years spent at Bethlehem Seminary be as beneficial for the wives of our apprentices as it is for our apprentices themselves. We realize that the pressures on the wives are many.
Some need to work full or part-time. Some need to provide care for one or more children. Many times both scenarios are true. We are eager to provide opportunities for our seminary wives to learn as much as they have time and energy to do. The Bethlehem Institute offers classes that in many ways mirror what their husbands are learning, yet at a pace that recognizes they only have a fraction of the time to invest in studies as their husband. TBI courses are available to apprentice wives free of tuition costs.
Bethlehem Seminary Wives is an ongoing ministry providing life-on-life mentoring, friendship, and ministry development for the wives of our seminary students. This group is currently led by Julie Steller and Sharon Rusten. During the school year, wives meet the second Tuesday night of each month at the Steller home to spend time together deepening friendships and to discuss a ministry related topic. In addition, the fourth Tuesday night of each month a potluck supper is enjoyed in one of the students’ homes. The aim of the these times is to build deep friendships between student wives and experienced ministry wives, stimulating one another to “love and good works” through study, discussion and prayer, and encouraging each other in the preparation and pursuit of this unique calling.
The Womens’ Ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church offers opportunities to be involved in Bible studies, conferences, mentorship, prayer, and ministry.
Apprentices and their wives often engage in ministry together as small group leaders, soul-care givers, mentors for other couples, etc.