Are Your Women’s Leaders Emotionally Healthy?

If you’ve read this blog often, you are familiar with this drill.  Jump over and read this post by Dr. Chuck Lawless on Dr. Thom Rainer's blog: Eight Ways to Spot Emotionally Healthy Pastors and Staff.  Then come back and let’s relate those 8 points to women’s leaders.  (It might not hurt to also evaluate yourself as you evaluate your leaders!) 1. Does she constantly compare herself to … [Read more...]

Are You in a Holding Pattern in Ministry?

Have you ever been in a place in your women’s ministry that just seems to be a holding pattern? Perhaps you want it to move forward quickly but for some reason it’s not? Several years ago, I had to have foot surgery and be home for at least 2-3 weeks.  (You can read a post about it here.) First of all I knew this would slow me down physically. I’m one who normally is on the go if I am awake. I … [Read more...]

Improving Women’s Leadership and Church Staff Relationships

One of the issues for leaders is how to relate to staff, whether you are a staff member or a volunteer. Shirley Moses offers some great advice to leaders in this post. Your women's leadership team is part of the body of Christ as expressed in your local church. How well your team interacts with your whole church and its leadership affects how effective your team is. Maybe you've had a … [Read more...]

Effective Written Communication with Male Staff

I’ve written several posts recently about connecting with male staff members. We dealt with verbal communication already, so let’s talk written communication this time. When writing to men, number your points, reduce word count, & use bigger fonts.  Again, keep in mind that many men are bottom line types and want the most important information easily. Notice their preferred style for … [Read more...]

What Do You Value as You Lead Ministry?

As a women’s leader, do you ever reflect on the core values upon which you have developed the ministry?  Read guest blogger Stephanie Edge’s thoughts about Union University’s core values and see how she relates those to women’s ministry. Perhaps you need to re-think your ministry’s core values as well, or at least bring them out in view of those you lead. It will help you focus all you do in … [Read more...]

Effective Verbal Communication with Male Staff

  I recently wrote a post on connecting women’s ministry to the staff. Today I want to focus on verbal communication with male staff. There is a definite difference in how men and women communicate. Let’s take a look as how we as women’s leaders can be proactive in seeking to communicate well with male leadership. Communicate up front how much time you need for a meeting. When you have some … [Read more...]

Surviving Storms as a Leader

Guest blogger Shugie Collingsworth led breakout sessions at our 2013 Women’s Leadership Forum. Here is a brief view of what she shared about how leaders can face the storms of life to walk and serve faithfully no matter what.  Perhaps you will join us in November for the Women’s Forum. Life is made up of sunny days and stormy ones. Just as the storms of the weather are varied – rain, ice, snow, … [Read more...]

Connecting Women’s Ministry to Church Staff

Whether you are volunteer or paid staff, have you ever waited and waited for your staff (which is probably mostly male) to recognize and encourage the ministry you believe so strongly in? Maybe you need to consider a few things as you establish credibility for women’s ministry: Do you report regularly (and in bullet form) the ministry results you are seeing among your women? Keep a journal or … [Read more...]

Human Trafficking…Where Do We Begin?

This post is part of a series from workshop leaders at the 2013 Women’s Forum. Debbie Floyd co-taught with Ann Lovell about ministry to those who are exploited and trafficked in our country and around the world. Read her post here and her ideas for being involved in stopping the exploitation of people. “Human trafficking is the illegal trade of people for the purpose of commercial sexual … [Read more...]

Leaders, What Should You NOT Delegate?

As leaders, we often struggle with delegating. Why?  Someone might not do it my way. Someone might not do it as well as I would. Someone might do it better than I would! It’s easier to do it myself? Add your reason here________________________ Ladies, we must delegate or we do not shepherd our women well. We are NOT assigned to do all the work, we are to equip the body to serve.  We … [Read more...]