“What are you talking about?” “Just this book we are reading.” “Really? What is the book? You know I’m always reading something! Maybe I’d like it.” “Uh…no, you probably wouldn’t.” After a pause, “It’s not the kind of book we normally read, but we’ve heard so many people talking about it.” After a moment of hesitation, my friends went on to tell me about Fifty Shades of Grey, … [Read more...]

Opening your door means that there is something inside worth inviting someone in to see and experience. Opening your door means that you don’t desire to keep it all for yourself but that sharing with others is a priority. True hospitality isn’t only sharing with others who are like you, but also with others who need you. While we should always be ready to open our doors for traveling missionaries, … [Read more...]

You want the skinny on resolutions? 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions and a mere 8% of us are successful in achieving our resolutions. Terrible odds, I say. Several years ago the girls in my small group taught me a new approach to resolutions. Instead of making a resolution, we chose a word for our year. While we enjoyed giving vision to our year—the year of freedom or … [Read more...]

  I WAS TRAINED to write thank-you notes. Whenever someone gave me a gift or showed me an act of kindness, my mother would sit me down and watch me as I wrote my thank-you note. The penmanship had to be up to standard; the wording was precise and sincere. Now, if someone gives me a gift, I can’t enjoy it until I sit down and write a thank-you note. Recently, my mom came to Nashville for … [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...]

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...]

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’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...]