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...]

As a women’s leader, do you ever reflect on the core values upon which you have developed the ministry?  Read guest blogger Stephanie Edge’s thoughts about Union University’s core values and see how she relates those to women’s ministry. Perhaps you need to re-think your ministry’s core values as well, or at least bring them out in view of those you lead. It will help you focus all you do in … [Read more...]

  I recently wrote a post on connecting women’s ministry to the staff. Today I want to focus on verbal communication with male staff. There is a definite difference in how men and women communicate. Let’s take a look as how we as women’s leaders can be proactive in seeking to communicate well with male leadership. Communicate up front how much time you need for a meeting. When you have some … [Read more...]

Guest blogger Shugie Collingsworth led breakout sessions at our 2013 Women’s Leadership Forum. Here is a brief view of what she shared about how leaders can face the storms of life to walk and serve faithfully no matter what.  Perhaps you will join us in November for the Women’s Forum. Life is made up of sunny days and stormy ones. Just as the storms of the weather are varied – rain, ice, snow, … [Read more...]

Whether you are volunteer or paid staff, have you ever waited and waited for your staff (which is probably mostly male) to recognize and encourage the ministry you believe so strongly in? Maybe you need to consider a few things as you establish credibility for women’s ministry: Do you report regularly (and in bullet form) the ministry results you are seeing among your women? Keep a journal or … [Read more...]

This post is part of a series from workshop leaders at the 2013 Women’s Forum. Debbie Floyd co-taught with Ann Lovell about ministry to those who are exploited and trafficked in our country and around the world. Read her post here and her ideas for being involved in stopping the exploitation of people. “Human trafficking is the illegal trade of people for the purpose of commercial sexual … [Read more...]

As leaders, we often struggle with delegating. Why?  Someone might not do it my way. Someone might not do it as well as I would. Someone might do it better than I would! It’s easier to do it myself? Add your reason here________________________ Ladies, we must delegate or we do not shepherd our women well. We are NOT assigned to do all the work, we are to equip the body to serve.  We … [Read more...]

Do leaders ever have fear? Should they? As a leader, I’ve often faced situations that scared me to death. God does not call us to serve Him and then throw things at us to make us afraid to obey His call. Read this post by guest blogger Becky Badry, founder and director of Women in Leadership Coaching  to learn 5 practical ways to face our fears as we lead. “It is not the critic who counts; … [Read more...]