The Sisterhood Reality TV: Preachers’ Wives Behind the Scene

The Sisterhood Reality TV: Preachers’ Wives Behind the Scene

I just reviewed the trailer for the upcoming show called, “The Sisterhood.”  It is a Reality Show about the lives of Preachers’ Wives. Although I am not a die hard reality show ”groupy,’ I must admit that while washing dishes, I have tuned into a few shows and have found some of them entertaining.

I received a personal invite from one of the male pastor’s to review the trailer.  After reviewing the trailer I wrote back and told him that I was a bit fearful, but that I was intrigued and would be tuning in Jan 1, 2013 on TLC Network @9PM.

These type of shows, like anything else, can have some advantages as well as some disadvantages. There is no doubt in my mind that the backlash will soon begin from the Christian community, especially as the debut date draws near. This is why I said I was a bit fearful.  If you don’t know anything about this community of believers, it is that we can be very critical and very judgmental AND have a loud voice in expressing our opinions. And of course to the unbeliever, again it shows us as divisive.

A Sneak Peek

It looks as if the main theme behind the show is to let us view what is going on behind the ‘curtain.’ We are getting a peek into the intimate lives of these preachers’ wives: their habits, their hangups, their responsibilities, their past, their feelings, their frustrations and their joys.

The trailer clearly points out that preachers’ wives can run from being very conservative to being very radical.  We see a clip where one of the wives is getting a tattoo. An argument breaks out between a two of them and there is an expression that “It is so hard to be a preacher’s wife.” Clearly these five women want us to see things from their perspective and for that I reason I will be tuning in.


I know 20 something years ago we started a weekly women’s ministry. One of the things we found was when a woman finds out she is not alone in dealing with some issues, it aids in healing and aids in coping.  People would open up about their lives and would share what they did to get past some things.  This was so beneficial.  Knowing that you are not the only one, can liberate people and give hope.

Perhaps this show will do the same, but on a larger scale. Perhaps the show can be a blessing especially to other first ladies and to the greater body perhaps we can pray more for our first ladies and demonstrate our appreciation for their ministry as we may begin to understand the pressures they may be under.


As a Toastmaster, I have to ask the question, who is the REAL ‘targeted’ audience?  If it is regular congregational members, will they be edified by the ‘peek’ behind the curtain? If the target audience is ‘other pastor’s wives,’ will they  be liberated and healed?   If the target audience is for the general public, will week after week be enough to keep everybody tuned in or will the network cause the five preacher wives to compromise standards for ratings? hmmm….  just some thoughts.

Could we be giving the world another opportunity to mock and laugh at the church? hmm… Will we be contributing to the world’s view of the church not looking any different from them? hmmm….  Only time will tell. Either way, I have learned to ‘Eat the meat and throw away the bones’ so we will see.

I will be conversing about the show on both my Facebook and my Twitter page so stay tuned.

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3 thoughts on “The Sisterhood Reality TV: Preachers’ Wives Behind the Scene

  1. Saw first episode of The Sisterhood and must admit I had mixed feelings about the show. I was so hoping that this reality show would be a little different than the rest.

    One of the pastor’s wives on the show spoke to the fact that being a pastor’s wife was so hard…. It would be good to hear some examples of ‘why’ it is so hard.

    Just about an hour ago there was an announcement about a pastor’s wife named, Harriet Deison (Park Cities Presbyterian Church) who just killed herself.

  2. A Pastor friend of mine just shared about a Minister she knows, his wife has left him. She said that his wife told her that she is not coming back this time unless he changes. Their main problem is he wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it.

    I was shocked by what you shared, First Lady Harriet Deison took her life. Try to imagine how it must feel. To carry a title such as First Lady. Know that you are really LAST. He comes home after being spent mentally & physically. He has given his best going here and there. This has become a routine, if you have any children they have become you friend.

    It is easier for Pastors to listen to other people problems than it is to take care of your own.
    For some reason you have an answer for other people problems, but not yours. I am speaking from experience. What woke me up was – The Lord revealed to me- If I do not take the time to listen to my wife, some other man will.

    From than on, it was what you said. How was your day, less take a ride. Now she tells me to be quite you talk to much.
    It is easy to use the ministry as an escape goat. Because women respect The Lords Work, they allow their husbands to neglect them in the name of the Lord.
    Bro. Mike

  3. Why is Adultery OVERRATED
    If seeing marriage as the perfect answer to all our hopes for love, sex, and family is naive and misguided, so too is believing that adultery can be an effective antidote to the disappointments of marriage. It is impossible to sleep with someone outside of marriage and not spoil the things we care about inside it.

    I read this in Barnes & Nobles Sat.
    I thought that it was relevant.