Women Embracing the Exploited

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This post is part of a series from workshop leaders at our 2013 Women’s Forum. Ann Lovell spoke on ministry to those who are exploited and trafficked in our country and around the world. She showed us what we can do to make a difference. I consider it one of my greatest opportunities to attend the LifeWay Women’s Forum last year. I loved meeting women from across the U.S. who are passionate about … [Read more...]

A Struggle for Purity

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During our 2013 Women’s Forum, there were a variety of breakouts that covered relevant topics for women’s ministry leaders.  We are going to run a series of blog posts written by our breakout leaders, so keep watching. This first one is by Jean Roberson, ministry consultant for Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). The topic of pornography continues to affect our women and our families. Women’s ministry … [Read more...]

Helping the Hopeless

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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...]

Shepherding Women in Crisis Part 3: Renewing the Mind

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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...]

Shepherding Women in Crisis Part 2: Where Do I Start?

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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...]

Shepherding Women in Crisis Part 1: The War Within

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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...]

Misapplied Submission in Marriage…How Can we Help?

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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...]

How to Start the Conversation of Sexual Brokenness

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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...]

Helping Hurting Women

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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...]

Mother’s Day When You’re Not a Mom

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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...]