By: Taryn Stine
In January of 2010, I really needed a girlfriend. My husband and I were pastoring a two-and-a-half year old church planted in a brand new city (we relocated to D.C. from Jacksonville, Fl.). I also had two toddler boys, was working, and had just suffered a miscarriage a few months prior. I felt ALONE! Sure, I had people around me but no one that felt safe enough to share what was really going on with me. Then, on January 21, 2010, I get an email from this pastor named Donna Pisani at Capital City Church. I remember feeling surprised, but excited, that another pastor’s wife would reach out to me. I quickly emailed her back, which lead to us agreeing to have coffee together a few days later. I had never prayed for a friend before, but I had cried out to the Lord about how alone I felt and here my Good Father was answering a need I may have never even known I had.
Soon, Donna connected me to Lora, Jill, and Heather—three other local pastors’ wives—and the five of us began having coffee together. There was definitely a season of getting to know each other and parts of our friendship that could have been harder to navigate if we had let it (I mean, we do all pastor churches in an area that can be highly competitive). Needless to say, the richness of what grew between us kept us meeting consistently. We have been meeting for over six years now and I love the friendship we have with each other. We have fun together and we laugh a lot. We have had harder seasons as well, where we have really interceded for each other and cried together.
There is an Instagram hashtag that circulates among us, #sameteam. The #sameteam is not always easy to grasp or foster. It takes time, being intentional, taking risks, staying committed, and being open and vulnerable and then protecting those moments when they happen. But when you experience the beauty of #sameteam you feel like you can conquer the world with those women by your side!
I often think of Jesus and how He had 12 men whom He had to really stay committed to and then He used them to transform the world for His Kingdom. I love that the heart of the Rising is essentially just an overflow of all of our relationships with each other, transforming the world around us. Had I not just responded to a simple request to go to coffee I would have missed out on this amazing gift of friendship. He desires these relationships for you more than you even desire them for yourself. I specifically felt as I wrote this that some of you are right where I was before I met Donna. You feel all ALONE. The Lord wants you to know you are NOT ALONE. Pray for these relationships to come into your life and for your eyes to be open to the unique ways He will answer that prayer. We are praying for each and every one of you and our desire is to invest in your relationship with Him and your relationships with each other by inviting you to attend the Rising DC. Don’t miss it!
Pastor Taryn Stine loves serving alongside husband, Pastor David Stine, lead pastor of DC Metro Church, a multi-campus church. Behind the scenes, you’ll find her helping implement strategy and organization. Her passion for women’s ministry birthed DC Sisterhood, where she casts vision for and speaks monthly. She desires to see an army of women, rising up and gathering to worship God. While she enjoys watching HGTV and renovating homes, her main priority comes through family. Pastor David and Taryn have three adventurous boys, Isaac, Josiah and Asher and a sweet little girl, Karis.
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