This collection of true stories is written by Mihee Kim-Kort and Andy Kort, a married clergy couple who met while they were in seminary. They share their unique perspective on the joys and challenges of ministry in alternating segments, forming a collective narrative that illuminates the inner workings of a clergy marriage, even as it inspires with heartfelt tales of life in ministry.
Throughout the book Mihee and Andy relate their respective impressions of shared experiences, revealing inherent differences and potential sources of conflict, but also demonstrating how they work through their differences, communicate, and collaborate to make the most of their strengths. With 20 years of ministry experience between them, a blue Subaru Outback crammed full of child car seats, an old dog named Ellis, and life experience in three states, Andy and Mihee have struggled with infertility, survived the threat of foreclosure, travelled abroad and led mission trips together, and through it all remain yoked together.
This tale of endurance is only made possible by hard work, sympathetic friends, endless conversations, countless cups of coffee and bottles of beer, and the grace of God.
Sharing from the heart, Andy and Mihee honestly and openly reflect in Yoked, on what it means to engage in ministry, raise a family, and live life together. Their deeply personal stories and reflections invite us to contemplate on God and God’s call for our lives. This book is informative, delightful, and instructive as their stories nurture our spirits and nourish our hearts to provide joy, meaning, and hope. (Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University; author, “Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit”)
It is hard work being a clergy couple. Of course, as Andrew Kort and Mihee Kim-Kort show, it is also hard work being called to be a disciple and being called to be married. The near total dearth of resources on how to be a clergy couple has been aptly filled. We recommend this book whole-heartedly. (Jason Byassee, Executive Director of Leadership Education, Duke Divinity School and author, “The Gifts of the Small Church”)
“This book challenges implicitly the common notion that a clergy couple is a crisis in the making. Rather, they show that it is a courageous undertaking that will only thrive by God’s grace. This is a necessary read for anyone who yearns for the truth about marriage, family, and ministry.” —The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Duke University
“Frederick Buchner said, ‘Listen to your life,’ and Andrew Kort and Mihee Kim-Kort have done just that. The fruit of their listening is a wise book on the joys and challenges of being a clergy couple.” —L. Roger Owens, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary