Can Preachers Have Sex on Sundays?

Can Preachers Have Sex on Sundays? Well, can they? Or is it some kind of unmentionable sin to share intimacy with your spouse on God’s designated Sabbath?

As an assistant minister of my congregation, I thought this was a terrific question. So much that I invited the author of Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top, Jeanette E. Levellie, to share her take on it as a preacher’s wife in my feature column. Please enjoy the answer…and see if you agree 🙂 –Angela Breidenbach


When our son, Ron was in his preteen “girls are gross” stage, the word breast embarrassed him. For several months, I accommodated him by calling chicken breasts “chicken chests” when I served them. In my opinion, using a different name drew attention to them, but I was trying to respect his modesty.

A few people are not so respectful of intimate issues. As we were leaving a party one Saturday night, someone asked me what we were going to do the next day.

“Oh, the usual,” I replied. What do preachers usually do on Sundays? I thought.

The wannabe comedian then asked, “Can preachers have sex on Sundays?”

“Sure,” I said, “as long as it’s with their spouse.” And if the kids aren’t home.

When our kids were toddlers, the friends in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood made great babysitters from time to time. On rare occasions, we saved up for a special night in a nearby motel. Relatives kept the kids overnight, and we felt like honeymooners. When Esther and Ron were old enough to stay alone a few hours, we’d sneak off for a drive at dusk, then park somewhere to sit and talk. And other stuff.

One night we were not doing any other stuff, simply visiting. I was on my side of the seat, leaned against the passenger door, facing my husband. We’d chosen a quiet, industrial neighborhood to park in, so few cars passed.

Suddenly, a police officer stood at Kevin’s window, his flashlight targeting our faces. Kevin’s hand trembled as he rolled down the window.

“Yes?” he managed to croak.

“I saw you sitting here, and thought I’d check to see that everything is all right.” The officer leaned down,  making eye contact with me. “You okay, ma’am?”

“Yes, I’m fine. We were only talking.” I said.

“Okay, just wanted to be certain. No problems? You sure?” His gaze held mine, his eyes serious but kind.

Hoping he didn’t notice my face turning the same color as the light on his patrol car, I nodded and smiled. That seemed to satisfy him, and off he roared.

The following day, I called the L. A. Police Department, thanking them for their diligence. I explained how protected I felt the previous night. The sergeant in charge was shocked.

“Most people resent it when a patrolman checks on them, and they call to complain about the invasion of privacy.”

“Well, we were parked in an industrial district. That’s not exactly private. And the officer who questioned us didn’t know we were married, and just needed to get away from our kids for a while!” He chuckled appreciatively. I’ll bet he had kids of his own.

After we hung up, I grinned in satisfaction and thought, I enjoy making someone’s day. Maybe I’ll invite him and his wife over for dinner one night. I’ll serve them my special recipe of chicken chests

Two Scoops & a Sprinkle

It’s okay that your older kids know you enjoy an intimate relationship, as long as you set boundaries on how much they know. TMI (too much information) can be unhealthy for children and teens.

Finding creative ways to get off alone adds pizzazz to your marriage.

Turning off the phone at certain times is a way to show your spouse that they take priority over work and friends. If you allow calls any time of day or night, your sex life may suffer.

About Jeanette E. Levellie:

“Nutty with a dash of meat” best describes Jeanette Levellie’s speaking, writing, and life. She’s published hundreds of humor/inspirational columns, articles, greeting cards, and poems. Her first book, Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top, releases April 10, 2012 from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. A spunky pastor’s wife, Jeanette is the mother of two, grandmother of three, and waitress to four cats. Find her mirthful musings at

(Excerpted from Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top ©2012 Jeanette Levellie, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.)

Angela Breidenbach

Angie Breidenbach loves speaking for women's retreats, conferences, and events. Angela also coaches courageous confidence, personal growth, media and interview skills, writing, and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and CTA life coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Missoula, MT. She's written Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life from Journey Press, a Sheaf House imprint. Other works by Angela include Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance (Oct 2010), Creative Cooking for Colitis (March 2011, Kindle) compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. Her newest book, A Healing Heart, is due out from Abingdon Press ( April 2013.

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  1. Well said, Jeanette! It’s time we took the shame out of God’s gift to a man and woman and enjoyed our marriages! Even on Sunday. 🙂

    Rejoicing in the day,

  2. Angie: Thanks for asking me to share this funny/serious topic today. I always enjoy talking about God’s grace for every area of our lives! It was an honor to meet you at the NICWC in Spokane last month; you are one dynamic, gracious lady. May the Lord honor your work for Him, Jen

  3. Delighted to have you, Jen, and appreciative of our readers 🙂
    Folks, Jeanette is also a gracious and dynamic lady. What an honor to have her call me that!

  4. I suspect there are some people in our congregations who assume the perceived holiness of their church leaders precludes them doing anything that involves bodily functions! I’m glad to hear you set them straight, Jen. 🙂

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