Some days in ministry are harder than others.  Peace sometimes seems completely illusive.  Today, guest blogger Rachel Lovingood shares a powerful message about finding peace.  Perhaps you needed this today! This week I heard myself say “Nothing surprises me anymore.” What about you? How has your week been? Any tough things come your way? Any unexpected or unwanted situations you have had to … [Read more...]

Today I want you to take a look at the post Dr. Thom Rainer  shared on his blog recently, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Preachers. I want to use this list to address becoming more effective as women’s ministry leaders. I’ve re-worded the point and then addressed it from a different perspective of leadership. They give preaching or teaching women a priority in their ministries. You may not … [Read more...]

If you missed the earlier post Are You Ready to Help Women in Crisis?  Today let’s consider a few general skills to help to help you as a leader in crisis ministry. Communication: learn good communication skills that will open the door to conversation and sharing rather than cause a barrier. Keep in mind your job is NOT to fix her, but for her to realize what she must invest into her own … [Read more...]

As a women’s leader I am sure you see hurting women all the time. Desperate times make women desperate. Crisis hurts. Are you ready to help women you see that need a Christian sister to walk with them on their journey? Are you equipping other women to help you minister to others in crisis? “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.  He … [Read more...]

Have you ever experienced spiritual warfare just at the moment (or shortly after) you took a step of faith to know Christ more deeply and serve Him more faithfully? The first time it happened to me I was totally unprepared and questioned the call God had on my life and that of my husband. Wasn’t serving God in full time ministry what He had asked of us? As we prayed and asked God to clarify what … [Read more...]

If you missed part 1, please read it first. As we fill up on Christ and walk in hope, we will influence those we lead to walk in faith. We see this same principle in Romans 15:13, Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe [in Him] so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. What we see here is that we fill up on this God of hope … [Read more...]

As a leader do you ever think about how long you will serve in the position you are in? I know we have no idea what God has for us in the future, but one thing we know, as long as we are His children (and for a Christian that is from the point of salvation to forever!) we are to serve Him…out of love for Him and to bring Him glory.  So, since that means life long, we better think about how we will … [Read more...]

If you’ve read this blog often, you are familiar with this drill.  Jump over and read this post by Dr. Chuck Lawless on Dr. Thom Rainer's blog: Eight Ways to Spot Emotionally Healthy Pastors and Staff.  Then come back and let’s relate those 8 points to women’s leaders.  (It might not hurt to also evaluate yourself as you evaluate your leaders!) 1. Does she constantly compare herself to … [Read more...]

Have you ever been in a place in your women’s ministry that just seems to be a holding pattern? Perhaps you want it to move forward quickly but for some reason it’s not? Several years ago, I had to have foot surgery and be home for at least 2-3 weeks.  (You can read a post about it here.) First of all I knew this would slow me down physically. I’m one who normally is on the go if I am awake. I … [Read more...]

I’ve written several posts recently about connecting with male staff members. We dealt with verbal communication already, so let’s talk written communication this time. When writing to men, number your points, reduce word count, & use bigger fonts.  Again, keep in mind that many men are bottom line types and want the most important information easily. Notice their preferred style for … [Read more...]