It is our desire that our ministry wives not only survive in ministry, but that they thrive.
From the Director
My name is Tara Dew, and I’m so glad you’re here. It is my vision to see ministry wives succeed in their calling from God.
What is Thrive?
Thrive is a ministry wives certificate that prepares women for gospel ministry in their families, churches, and communities.
Our team of teachers looks forward to encouraging and discipling you both in the classroom and in life. We are excited to serve you as you prepare for whatever ministry to which God has called you.
Thrive classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm and are
FREE for residential student wives.
(If you are off-campus or unable to attend on Tuesday nights, you can also choose to take the same class in an online Nola2U Flex format.) We encourage all students to take two, 8-week classes per semester.
Essentials for Ministry Wives
LCMW1101 • Fall 2020, Term 1
In this course, students will cover foundational topics to prepare and equip for ministry. Special attention will be given to calling, spiritual giftings, spiritual disciplines, soul care, and the legacy of a godly wife. It is the first course in the certificate and is highly recommended for all student spouses, whether or not they complete the remaining courses in the certificate program.
TEXTBOOK: Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren
Healthy Habits for Ministry Families and Marriages
LCMW1102 • Fall 2020, Term 2
In this course, students will learn biblical principles for healthy marriages and families, such as the importance of communication, the value of budgeting and stewardship of your resources, the necessity of balancing expectations of time, and the need to find rest while expressing godly hospitality in your homes, churches and communities.
TEXTBOOK: Emptied by Jonathan & Wintyr Pitts
How to Study and Teach the Bible
LCMW1103 • SPRING 2021, Term 1
In this course, students will learn basic methods for studying Scripture as well as practical approaches for teaching the Bible. They will also understand the importance of effective communication through both observation and application.
Understanding the Grand Narrative of Scripture
LCMW1104 • SPRING 2021, Term 2
In this broad survey of the Old and New Testaments, students will be introduced to the content and context of the Bible. Biblical theology themes as well as the grand storyline of Scripture will be discussed as well.
Introduction to Soul Care
LCMW1105 • Fall 2021, Term 1
In this course, ministry wives will gain a basic overview and foundation for Christian counseling. Special emphasis will be placed on how ministry wives can counsel women, including such topics as fear, conflict, family/marriage, anxiety, depression, grief, and loss.
Foundational Principles for Interpersonal Relationships
LCMW1106 • Fall 2021, Term 2
In this course, students will explore foundational principles in various interpersonal relationships. Topics covered in the class will include making and keeping friends in ministry, establishing the need for personal discipleship, learning skills to fight loneliness/isolation, as well as handling church conflict and overall involvement in SBC polity.
Basic Christian Doctrine and Worldview
LCMW1107 • SPRING 2022, Term 1
In this course, students will survey basic Christian doctrines, biblical womanhood, and evangelistic worldview, while looking closely at the evangelical doctrines outlined in the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.
Evangelism and Disciple-making for Ministry Wives
LCMW1108 • Spring 2022, Term 2
In this course, students will learn basic evangelism and disciple-making strategies, including relational evangelism, mission planning, and the involvement of a ministry wife in church, community and mercy ministries.
“Seminary has always felt like something for the pastors, but Thrive has given the wives an opportunity to learn and relate to one another. Being a part of the Thrive program has given me more confidence to serve along side my husband.“
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to do in each class?
Each Thrive course will have the same requirements, so that there is consistency in structure throughout the certificate. Each course will have 1-2 textbooks and the students will be required to attend and participate in class, write a 1-page book summary, and write a 3-5 page reflection paper.
Is this an academic program?
This certificate is offered as an academic program through Leavell College. To complete Thrive: A Ministry Wives Certificate, each student must complete the 8 required courses, each of which is worth one credit hour. Since these are offered every 8-weeks, on a rotating schedule, a student will be able to complete two courses per semester and the entire 8 credit hour certificate in 2 years. Once a student has completed all 8 courses, she is eligible to graduate during the December or May graduation ceremony and will receive her certificate.
How much does it cost?
The tuition for each Thrive class is $200 for SBC students (or $300 for nonSBC students). If you choose to participate in the NOLA2U Flex (Online) Thrive classes, you will be charged an additional $80 internet program fee per class.
If you’re the wife of a current student, then your application fee, tuition, and childcare is completely covered, free of charge! This is because of two very generous endowments honoring Ann Allen & Mary French. It is their desire that wives be trained for ministry alongside their student-husbands with little to no cost. Wives of current students will be charged the full cost of Thrive classes when registered, and the tuition scholarship will be applied to your account after the course add/drop period for that term. (Please note: the Internet program fee is not covered by scholarship for NOLA2U Flex/Online.)
If your husband is not a current student, you are still welcome to take Thrive classes, but the above tuition scholarships wouldn’t apply. There is also no childcare available in this option, and a $40 application fee will be charged to enroll in the program.
Is there any financial aid available?
Yes! Right now, in addition to the Mary French and Ann Allen endowments, we have a scholarship for African American students. Click here to learn more!
We also have full scholarships available for the wives of Caskey students (https://www.nobts.edu/
Since we are working to raise more money for financial aid for our Thrive students, this FAQ will change periodically. Please keep checking back!
How can I succeed in the program?
Whenever you enter Thrive, you will be with a “cohort” (small group) of friends throughout the program. These women understand the pressures of seminary and are here preparing just like you. It is our goal that these friendships will last way beyond the class times and will become a network of support for you in ministry. You will take the classes together and help each other in life, in class, and one day in ministry.
Click here for a printable checklist of classes and other important reminders.
Why is it free for spouses of residential NOBTS/LC students?
We have two amazing endowments that cover the costs of this program. “The Mary French Ministry Wife Program Endowment” and the “Ann Allen Ministry Wife Excellence Fund” enable student wives to be trained to serve the Lord alongside their husbands, just like Mary French and Ann Allen did.
- Learn more about Mary French: Mary French was a godly ministry wife. She faithfully served the Lord alongside her husband Dr. Tommy French for 56 years. She came to know the Lord at the age of 7 and married at the age of 21. She was the pastor’s wife of Baptist churches in Texas and Louisiana. She loved other ministry wives and encouraged them to use their own spiritual gifts in ministry through the local church.
- Learn more about Ann Allen: Ann and Ray Allen have a heart for ministers’ wives. Married for over 50 years, Ray received his pastoral training here at NOBTS and then served in a variety of churches in Mississippi. His wife Ann was always supportive and by his side. Knowing the many struggles of pastors’ wives, Ann and Ray wanted to begin this scholarship fund to help student spouses to be trained alongside their husbands for ministry.
- Would you also like to give toward the Ministry Wives Program here at NOBTS?
How do I sign up for childcare?
What if I’ve already taken some Ministry Wives classes at NOBTS?
Don’t worry! All of the one-hour classes that you’ve taken will transfer right into this new program. You will only need to complete the number of classes that remain to reach 8 total classes for the certificate.
For example: Let’s say you’ve taken 3 classes in the previous Ministry Wives certificate program. You will just need to take any 5 classes from the new program and then you can graduate!
If you already have a student account number, you do not need to do anything else but register for classes. (You do not need to apply for Thrive as you are already a student of Leavell College/NOBTS.) We look forward to seeing you in our new Thrive classes!
Can I participate in Thrive even if we aren’t in seminary?
Yes! We desire to train ANY ministry wives that God brings to us! If you are local to New Orleans, you are welcome to attend class in person. If you are in a different part of the state or country, you can participate online.
How do I apply?
Just click here.
Don’t miss date night!
Each semester, Thrive kicks off with a “Date Night.” It is our goal to enrich and cultivate the marriages of our students while they are in seminary, so that they can create habits that will last in ministry. These date nights feature faculty and their wives, discussing pertinent topics to marriage.