Shepherdness International

A church-sponsored organization to assist the minister’s spouse in personal and spiritual growth; clarification of her role as a minister’s spouse; development of a team ministry with her husband, uniquely suited to her own interests and abilities; training as a paraprofessional in the ministry; finding fellowship and a support system; and developing closer home relationships” ( Organizational Guidelines for Shepherdess Chapters ). Organized in 1984 as a pilot program under the direction of Marie Spangler as coordinator and Ellen Bresee as associate coordinator, Shepherdess International (SI) was officially voted as a regular part of the General Conference Ministerial Association at the 1987 Annual Council. By 1992 approximately 316 chapters were organized worldwide in the various co...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.