The role of the pastor’s wife has been paid high attention, discussed, and evaluated in the church context. Yet, there is no any specific definition of the role of the pastor’s wives. The researcher found the indistinct definition of the role of pastor’s wives may a reason cause them suffer from the physical and mental problem. The research, therefore, utilized the quantitative methods to analyze how the wives of pastors to perceive their identification of this role impacted by their expectation, autonomous ministry from their church congregation, husband and themselves.
The results found that, first, the church didn’t support the pastors’ wives to go to work and didn’t tend to support payroll; the intention of getting payroll from church was low from the perspectives of pastors’ wives. Second, the church historical background, population structure, age, pastors and pastors wives’ age, years of pastoral, educational background did not affect their expectations of the role of pastors’ wives. Third, the pastors’ wives perceived their role as pastors’ helper. Fourth, the research found the lower personal expectations of the pastors; wives, the higher degree of autonomous ministry. Fifth, most of pastors’ wives felt satisfied with their role and life in the church; however, there was one percent of pastors’ wives revealed severed degree of depression. Sixth, the degree of pastors’ wives depression was significant correlation among how they perceived their competence, role identification and autonomous ministry.
Finally, the researcher point out three suggestions according to the result of this study: First, it is necessary for the church, pastors, and wives of the pastors to clarify the role of the pastors’ wives as a reference. Second, the pastors and their wives can focus on their marriage relationship in advance. The last but not the least, we could look the role of the pastors’ wives with God’s vision and let them use their gifts to response their calling to God.