Have you ever experienced spiritual warfare just at the moment (or shortly after) you took a step of faith to know Christ more deeply and serve Him more faithfully? The first time it happened to me I was totally unprepared and questioned the call God had on my life and that of my husband. Wasn’t serving God in full time ministry what He had asked of us? As we prayed and asked God to clarify what … [Read more...]

The term "leader" can often feel intimidating. Many of you don't feel qualified or ready to lead, but people keep asking you to do so, or you know it's what God is doing in your life. Leadership is scary! There's a lot of responsibility that comes with it, and people look to you for answers and help. Many women hesitate to attend our Women's Leadership Training events (like YOU Lead and the … [Read more...]

If you missed part 1, please read it first. As we fill up on Christ and walk in hope, we will influence those we lead to walk in faith. We see this same principle in Romans 15:13, Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe [in Him] so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. What we see here is that we fill up on this God of hope … [Read more...]

As a leader do you ever think about how long you will serve in the position you are in? I know we have no idea what God has for us in the future, but one thing we know, as long as we are His children (and for a Christian that is from the point of salvation to forever!) we are to serve Him…out of love for Him and to bring Him glory.  So, since that means life long, we better think about how we will … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

  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...]