Is the role of an elder's wife as significant as her husbands?

Is her role just as significant as her husband’s?

Yes. Eve was equally responsible for the work entrusted to them on creation’s sixth day (Genesis 1:28). Her role in fulfilling that work was different, but inseparable from Adam’s role. Competition between a man and his wife is unbecoming; marriage should reflect the wonderful union between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32). Each rejoices in the usefulness of the other and supports and encourages the other in fulfilling God’s will.

A husband who fails to appreciate the significance of his wife’s role does not understand God’s intention in his marriage. Having responsibility as an overseer never exempts a man from his responsibilities as a husband. He is equally accountable to the Lord for both roles. Caring for and nurturing his wife (Eph 5:29) will express the kindness, sensitivity, and concern that should mark his shepherding work in the assembly (see 1 Thessalonians 2:7). In caring for his marriage, he will be better equipped to "take care of the church of God" (1 Timothy 3:5).

D. Oliver