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: What are some ideas for helping hurting women? Do you recommend support groups?Most of us, as women’s leaders are not trained counselors. … [Read more...]

As a leader this topic is dear to my heart, partially because the statistics of women dealing with this. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in an article dated 2002 here are the stats: Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to have children): 7.3  millionPercent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 11.8%Number of married women … [Read more...]

Guest blogger, Dr. Deb Douglas, is the Minister to Women, First Baptist Church, Bossier City, LA . She wrote this article our of her own experience with women in her church who have had an abortion. Be sure to watch the web cast recordings of Surrendering the Secret Part 1 & 2 with Pat Layton as you reach out to these hurting women. Women with post-abortion trauma may already be in … [Read more...]

Did you notice during the holidays ministry needs surfacing in larger than normal numbers, especially in the lives of single women? But what do you do after the new year has begun to follow up on those needs. Linda Lesniewski challenges us to consider what plans we have in place to continue ministry  after the holidays.    I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and … [Read more...]

In today's society, more and more families are experiencing painful situations with children who rebel against them, but the church is positioned to reach out to these families and show them the love of Christ during their ordeal. You and other women in your ministry can care for mothers of prodigal children in your church and community with 10 simple actions: 1. Pray.Be faithful in lifting … [Read more...]

Dawn Stephens is the Associate Minister of Local Disciplemaking and Women’s Small Groups at The Church at Brook Hills, in Birmingham, Alabama  "I am thinking there is a story in this experience as I am helping a woman in a neighboring community dig through the remains of her home after the devastating tornadoes of April 27, 2011. She and her mother, niece and her … [Read more...]

This is the second in a 2 part blog. Please read part 1 first.Now that you know a little of my story, let me share some of the words others gave me that truly helped strengthen me daily and kept my focus stay on Christ. One friend sends out a daily devotional thought and this one truly ministered: "Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will … [Read more...]

I want to do a 2 part blog on this topic, mainly because of where God has me personally in my own journey. Today I want to talk about how, as a leader, others can and will minister to us, IF we share our needs and allow them to come along side to pray and support. The following blog post will deal with some specific ways others ministered to me and how that has led me to minister to … [Read more...]

Oh how I wish sometimes ministry wasn’t so hard, and life wasn’t so hard especially when serving Christ. But the enemy is alive and out to keep God’s followers defeated.Read how guest blogger Leighann McCoy  faces her battles daily. As leaders we can all benefit from these disciplines.  It’s a Battlefield Sister, not a Recreation Room! …a fight and not … [Read more...]

…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me (Matt 25:40 HCSB.)I’ve been interested in observing what particular needs prompt young women to respond with compassion and action. Here are six areas I’ve seen or heard about over the past months:1.    Some young women asked to be involved with local Criminal Justice Faith Based … [Read more...]