Do any of the women you minister to struggle with the idea of hope? It seems like an epidemic these days, but because of the truths found in Scripture, we know better! For a few ways to encourage women who seem hopeless, or how to affirm those who are hopeful, check out Hoping Against Hope today over on All Access. … [Read more...]

This is the third and last in this series by guest blogger Ashley Chesnut.  Please read Part 1 & Part 2 first. In seminary, one of the most practical classes that I took was "Counseling Emotional Problems," and in it, my professor emphasized the importance of "renewing our minds" as Christ-followers (see Eph. 4:21-23; Rom. 12:1-2). With any emotional issue or sin struggle, we battle … [Read more...]

This is Ashley Chesnut’s second post in a three-part series on women in crisis.  Please read Part One first. Although there are many times women will need professional and even medical help to find healing, often God will use women like us to help re-direct hearts and minds into a healthy direction.  These next two parts in the series will guide us to help women “put off the old” and “put on the … [Read more...]

I recently introduced you to a young leader from The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham.  Ashley Chesnut (Spiritual Stages series) will guest blog a 3-part series on Shepherding Women in Crisis. I will include other resources at the end of each post to help you as a women’s leader helping hurting women. This first post helps us as leaders check our own hearts and minds regarding temptation and … [Read more...]

Today’s post is written by guest blogger and author Karla Downing.  Often we minister to women whose husbands are not spiritual leaders and many do not even know Christ. Biblical submission is often skewed in the mind of the husband and/or the wife.  Read Karla’s post as she gives thoughtful insight to help women have a healthy view of submission. “If you’d only submit to me, everything would be … [Read more...]

One hot topic lately is the book Fifty Shades of Grey... believe it or not, many of our women in the church are reading it.  They want to know why it's unhealthy, so LifeWay Women recently tackled this topic.  You will find below links to our web show "The Chat with Priscilla" with host Priscilla Shirer and her guests. Today's post is written by Linda Lesniewski, Women's Minister at Green Acres … [Read more...]

Women in your ministry are hurting. It can be easy to cover up, but it's a reality. As a women's leader, how can you help hurting women? In case you missed it yesterday, head over to All Access to read What to Do When the Bottom Falls Out. Know that we are praying for you as you minister to the women the Lord has placed in your church, community, and sphere of influence. … [Read more...]

If you've ever experienced infertility, you know what it’s like to sit in church and bless moms while you are dying inside. Year after year, I faced Mother’s Day that way. It was not hard to celebrate my own mom that day, but there was still a big hole in my own heart as I so desperately wanted to have children. Perhaps you have had a similar experience or have lost a child tragically and can … [Read more...]

Today’s post is written by guest blogger and author Karla Downing. Often women’s small groups include women whose husbands are not spiritual leaders and many do not even know Christ. Perhaps the marriage relationship is based on abuse and pain.  Read Karla’s post here and consider the practical insight she provides to help us minister to these wives. I still remember the conversation vividly. I … [Read more...]

Did you see the title of this post? I am watching it happen in my own church right now. With our pastor’s very serious and rare cancer diagnosis,  our staff, our entire church body, not to mention his family, have been reeling with this news… BUT not without hope or faith.  I am seeing incredible things happen at our church in the midst of this crisis. Our church has experienced multiple … [Read more...]