Recently we expanded and revised our leadership resource Women Reaching Women in Crisis. As I re-read the chapters, I was reminded of why we developed this resource years ago. Lay leaders are not trained counselors! This is a lesson I learned early in ministry when women came to my office with huge crises. I felt totally unprepared to know how to help or even if I should help. The first thing I … [Read more...]

If you are a women’s leader who already has a blog, you understand the benefit of speaking truth into women in an online format. If you do not have a blog for your women’s ministry, you are either thinking “do not make me blog” or “I know it would connect our women and guide them if we had one.” Recently, I met with some key women’s ministry leaders of all ages, and we discussed the use of … [Read more...]

This year, more than maybe any other, I am aware of what the risen Christ means to me on a daily basis. As 2014 began, the Lord gave me the word “deeper” through the song  Oceans by Hillsong United. I wasn't sure what God would teach me this year, but in a nutshell…the grace of God and power of His resurrection. He has proven to be ALL I need in the most desperate situations. When my hands are … [Read more...]

Recently I was in a meeting with leaders of all ages for a very energetic and exciting dialogue of women’s issues, leadership, and ministry with women.  Upcoming blog posts will center on information gleaned from those 3 days in New Orleans! Today I want to share one idea that we heard from Bethel Baptist Church Women's Ministry in Dothan, Alabama. Leader Donna Granberry shared an idea that has … [Read more...]

I recently wrote about spiritual warfare in a leaders life.  You can read that post here. Today’s guest blogger is Leighann McCoy. She knows about spiritual warfare and has written about it as well. Listen to her wise advice to us as we journey through the battles in the power of Christ! When your loved ones lose their way, when they take a detour away from God's best for their lives and … [Read more...]

Today’s post is by guest blogger Simone Monroe. She challenges us with the effectiveness of our leadership and the importance of foundational traits that can make or break a ministry. The effectiveness of our leadership is determined by who we are, our values and motives that determine the decisions we make, and the grace and elegance with which we conduct ourselves in the face of adversity. … [Read more...]

When helping hurting women, one question that comes up is how to put together a referral list to have handy as you deal with women in crisis. I found this web article from several years ago that I believe will be helpful written by former LifeWay employee Barney Self, Ed. D. I believe this answers that question well. Every minister needs to have a network of competent Christian professional … [Read more...]

Some days in ministry are harder than others.  Peace sometimes seems completely illusive.  Today, guest blogger Rachel Lovingood shares a powerful message about finding peace.  Perhaps you needed this today! This week I heard myself say “Nothing surprises me anymore.” What about you? How has your week been? Any tough things come your way? Any unexpected or unwanted situations you have had to … [Read more...]

Today I want you to take a look at the post Dr. Thom Rainer  shared on his blog recently, Seven Habits of Highly Effective Preachers. I want to use this list to address becoming more effective as women’s ministry leaders. I’ve re-worded the point and then addressed it from a different perspective of leadership. They give preaching or teaching women a priority in their ministries. You may not … [Read more...]

If you missed the earlier post Are You Ready to Help Women in Crisis?  Today let’s consider a few general skills to help to help you as a leader in crisis ministry. Communication: learn good communication skills that will open the door to conversation and sharing rather than cause a barrier. Keep in mind your job is NOT to fix her, but for her to realize what she must invest into her own … [Read more...]