Ninety percent of pastors’ spouses think ministry has had a positive effect on their family. Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The vast majority of U.S. Protestant pastors’ spouses say ministry has had a positive effect on their families but many report being isolated and under financial stress.

A new LifeWay Research survey, released Tuesday (Sept. 12), finds that most spouses are directly involved in the work of their churches, with 1 in 5 holding a paid position and two-thirds serving in unpaid capacities.

“Spouses have an important role in the church, even if it’s not an

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