Donna Tan

August 27, 2019
wife

Navigating the Life of a Pastor’s Wife

The life of a pastor’s wife (PW) has, for the longest time, been popularly known as a life of self-sacrifice, of discouragement, disillusionment and hurt. With Pastors’ Wives conferences or retreat themes like “From Bitter to Better,” “Embracing My Role as a Pastor’s Wife,” “Enjoying the Ride,” “Overcoming,” “Responding to Trials,” etc, it would thus seem that for most of her life, she is in an embattled situation, facing problems and difficulties on a regular basis with members of the church, other women and even with herself – situations that make it difficult for her to enjoy her life and […]
March 7, 2019
struggle

The Struggle is Real: 4 truths every pastor needs to apply to be healthy.

(and I mean, the struggle is real.) Today I heard the most heartbreaking story. A pastor friend whom we hadn’t seen and heard of in more than a decade finally agreed to meet up with my husband and I. We had only heard rumors here and there, and tried on many occasions to reach out to him then, only to face a dead end. Today, he met us. It was true, he had left the pastorate. It was true, he had cut off all his connections with the church community and his Christian friends. It was true,  he had walked […]
August 28, 2018
legacy

Leaving a Legacy

Each one of us will be remembered or judged by what we leave behind. The life we lived. The fights we fought. The family we raised. The ministry we did. The mission we accomplished. The impact we had. This is what we call LEGACY. It’s what you and I leave behind. We often think of LEGACY in terms of what to leave behind WHEN we retire, grow old or die. It shouldn’t be, right? Have you considered leaving a legacy NOW? You see, we don’t need to be in the retirement stage to begin to leave a legacy. We shouldn’t […]
January 9, 2018
female

Women, Proclaim! The Need for Equipped Female Leaders

“The Lord sends out the Word and the women who proclaim it are a great host.”  Psalm 68:11   This past November 6-15, the first Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) for Women happened! It was held in the Philippines and attended by 28 Women Pastors/Preachers/Ministry Leaders – 19 Philippine Delegates and 9 Global Delegates (Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, Panama, India and China).   They went through an intensive ten days of learning how to study, interpret and preach the Word using Scripture Sculpture, learning from spiritual truths and life application from master coaches, one-on-one mentoring and an opportunity to build lifelong friendship with […]
December 4, 2017
thriving

MARRIAGE AND MINISTRY: KEEPING IT IN CHECK to KEEP IT INTACT, PART II

By Donna Tan In Part I, I made mention of three things to check in order to keep our marriages intact amidst the pile of ministry commitments. Check Ourselves Check Our Team Check Our Purpose Here are three other areas you’d want to also keep in check. They are going to help you in your ministry. Let’s continue. Check Your Support Base Other than your family, you also have a support base. If you don’t have one yet, then strongly consider! Your support base is composed of people who recognize and respect your relationship with God, and your relationship with […]
June 19, 2017
Children in ministry

Children in Ministry: How we can nurture our relationships

How can pastors nurture their relationship with their children in the midst of the pressures of ministry? Serving the Lord in ministry is a great privilege for anyone, and the rewards can be undeniably fulfilling. I could not think of anything else that can bring the same sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in life as doing ministry, much more if it is your full-time calling. This is because the desire of God that we love and serve one another is being fulfilled in our life, and the joy that comes from selflessness is simply incomparable. While we can identify the […]