What Do You Value as You Lead Ministry?

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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...]

Effective Verbal Communication with Male Staff

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  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...]

Surviving Storms as a Leader

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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...]

Connecting Women’s Ministry to Church Staff

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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...]

Human Trafficking…Where Do We Begin?

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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...]

Leaders, What Should You NOT Delegate?

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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...]

5 Steps to Overcoming Leadership Fears

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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...]

8 Tips for Strengthening Your Marriage as You Minister

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Today's post is for married ministry leaders. I have a question for you: How are you nurturing your relationship with your man as you invest so much time and energy in ministry of serving those in and through the church, or other para-church ministry? Something a mentor told me when we FINALLY adopted our daughters 6 years after marriage:  always love Pat first, then your children. Invest in … [Read more...]

Mentoring: Sew Much Love

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A hot topic for women’s ministry for years now has been mentoring. At times it works powerfully as a formally established ministry in the church, such as Woman to Woman Mentoring. But much of mentoring happens without even calling it mentoring because it happens as we go about our lives and connect with women in different generations. Our lives are made richer and we walk deeper with Christ as we … [Read more...]

11 Things I Learned from Pastors’ Wives

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Several months ago, LifeWay’s president  Dr.Thom Rainer wrote a post about pastors’ wives. The responses and comments were numerous and incredible. He re-posted it in January and I felt it’s so helpful not only for minister's wives but also for women’s ministry leaders that I wanted to re-post it in full here.  Use this as an opportunity to get to know, minister to, and love on all your church … [Read more...]