“Pregnant while Ministering: The Joys and Challenges of a Very Public Pregnancy”

Mary Beth Foust, Julie Long, and Stephanie McLeskey

Mary Beth is ministry coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Julie Long is associate pastor and minister of children and families, First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon, Georgia. Stephanie is chaplain at Mars Hills University, Mars Hill, North Carolina.

Two Books were mentioned as resources for being pregnant while ministering. You can find those books below.

Creating With God: The Holy Confusing Blessedness of Pregnancy by Sarah Jobe Creating with God is a boldly truthful, sometimes funny, and deeply spiritual account of where babies come from and where babies take us. Jobe reads the Bible through the lens of her back-to-back pregnancies and finds that God shows up in pregnancy when we least expect it. Weaving together biblical reflections, her own story, and the stories of the moms around her, Jobe reveals the ways in which pregnancy is at the heart of God’s work in the world. She invites her reads to see the image of Jesus in pregnant women, feel God abiding in the work of pregnancy, and to consider the ways that pregnancy can train us in the very practices we need to live a life of faith.
Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People by Bromleigh McCleneghan and Lee Hull Moses

Bromleigh McCleneghan and Lee Hull Moses have written a book about being not-perfect parents in a not-perfect world. The result, Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People, is a joyous celebration of child-rearing in which any parent no matter how perfect can share.