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...]

I remember when we were in the middle of raising our twins and I wondered if they were ready to “fly the coop.” My first thought was no way.  But fly they did. Did they make mistakes? Sure.  So did I.  But eventually, the empty nest has become a sweet time in life, filled with GRANDchildren and time to refocus on my man. Someone told me early in my parenting days, "Make sure you … [Read more...]

I am so grateful to my friend Dr. Deb Douglas for the ministry she is doing at her church and for her taking the time to write this blog post today.  Deb is Minister to Women, First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA  . I know you will be challenged to do something to minister to women in your church dealing with cancer. When God began leading me to start a cancer ministry to be honest, I ran … [Read more...]

Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11:1) Today you will benefit from reading one leader’s thoughts on our response to women in crisis. Linda Lesniewski is the Women's Minister at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. Read her post to discover the priority she shares in dealing with women in need. When I learn of losses, tragedies or personal crisis in those I lead, my immediate response is … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOULead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them. Today’s question: Have any of you dealt with depression or anxiety and how do you push through that for ministry? When our panel responded to this, we said, “None of us have ever dealt with … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them.     Today’s question:  As a woman burdened for women and doing numerous things to reach out, how do you balance the “guilt” of knowing what and what not … [Read more...]

This is a new series posts where we will re-visit some of our webcasts from LifeWay Women Live. This is the second in our LifeWay Women Live archive. In times of crisis, it matters how we handle the situation since we serve as an extension of God's heart and hands. Several women's leaders joined host Chris Adams for this conversation as they discussed what necessary tools leaders need to … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them.      Today’s question:  How do you overcome hurt feeling among women in the church, even those who say they have forgiven?Being in ministry in the church does not … [Read more...]

Due to the fact that so many are in crisis today, many churches have initiated ministries targeting needs of hurting women. We must be prepared to minister by doing several things. Equip ourselves and train women to be equipped and prepared. Use resources like Women Reaching Women in Crisis book, Shepherding Women in Pain or A Trusted Friend to prepare to meet the needs of hurting women. Go to a … [Read more...]

How many of you have faced women in your ministry who have had an abortion or who have experienced some situation that caused much pain and bitterness? Forgiveness of self and others is not easy. We must seek ways to help women heal and to experience restored relationships between them and God and them and others. Did you get the opportunity to see the movie October Baby? If you missed it in the … [Read more...]