#AllAccessSpringCleaningGiveaway Day 11

Update: Congratulations to our winners for this giveaway - Sharon, Katie, Rachel, Debra, and Kathy! Today's giveaway features some of our products for both women in leadership and ministers wives! We know a lot of you out there are women in positions of leadership within you church, and a lot of you also know women who would be blessed by receiving these resources as gifts! Each of today's … [Read more...]

Some Black and White for 50 Shades of Grey

  “What are you talking about?” “Just this book we are reading.” “Really? What is the book? You know I’m always reading something! Maybe I’d like it.” “Uh…no, you probably wouldn’t.” After a pause, “It’s not the kind of book we normally read, but we’ve heard so many people talking about it.” After a moment of hesitation, my friends went on to tell me about Fifty Shades of Grey, … [Read more...]

Margaret Feinberg: Fight Back With Joy

Calm down, Margaret. It’s probably nothing to worry about. Who gets breast cancer in her thirties? she said to herself when she felt a lump on her right breast. Life is full of twists and turns. Margaret Feinberg, author of Wonderstruck, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2013. Following her diagnosis, she had to undergo months of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. As she … [Read more...]

Human Trafficking Awareness Day – January 11

My first introduction to human trafficking was in 2009 when I saw the movie Taken with Liam Neeson. I’m always a little embarrassed to admit that. I feel like I should’ve been aware of this global problem long before 2009, and that my first introduction to it shouldn’t have been a Hollywood movie. But that’s how it happened. (God does work in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?) If you’ve seen Taken, … [Read more...]

Leading Women Toward Biblical Sexuality

Most of us agree that in today’s culture there is much confusion over what is appropriate and what is not regarding sexuality as a woman. Many tell us anything goes, others say nothing goes. But what is healthy for a Christian woman? How can we help women have a healthy view of sexuality? What is the healthy sexual perspective that we desire to teach women? Remember the following as you prepare … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Know When You Need Help in Counseling a Hurting Woman

Recently we expanded and revised our leadership resource Women Reaching Women in Crisis. As I re-read the chapters, I was reminded of why we developed this resource years ago. Lay leaders are not trained counselors! This is a lesson I learned early in ministry when women came to my office with huge crises. I felt totally unprepared to know how to help or even if I should help. The first thing I … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Building Your Network of Professional Counselors

When helping hurting women, one question that comes up is how to put together a referral list to have handy as you deal with women in crisis. I found this web article from several years ago that I believe will be helpful written by former LifeWay employee Barney Self, Ed. D. I believe this answers that question well. Every minister needs to have a network of competent Christian professional … [Read more...]

5 Skills to Help Hurting Women

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...]

Are You Ready to Help Women in Crisis?

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...]

Creating and Maintaining a Vibrant Widow’s Ministry

This post is part of a series from workshop leaders at our 2013 Women’s Forum. Guest blogger Nancy Thompson, (along with her co-leader Lynn Cole) shared about this important ministry in the church. Here are some of her thoughts from the forum and resources for you as you seek to minister to widows. Meeting and sharing with women from many different areas of the country was both heartwarming and … [Read more...]