Leaders, as you prepare for ministry in 2014, I want to challenge you to consider guest blogger Sheila West’s wise words in this post. Many of us struggle with the issue of “spiritual stress fractures” as we seek to serve Christ faithfully. This is the perfect time to evaluate yourself and start new habits in leading and growing in Christ. "Still?!!!!!!" That was the only word that my voice … [Read more...]

If you have read this blog very long, you know that occasionally I link you to our president Dr. Thom Rainer’s blog for a particular post. Let’s do that again. First jump over and read 12 Characteristics of Effective Team Members by Dr. Chuck Lawless, then come back and let’s relate those characteristics to women’s leaders. Humility.   Our team members, including ourselves, must remember that … [Read more...]

This is second in a series as we recap our 2013 Women’s Forum, Today you will hear from popular Bible teacher and speaker Margaret Feinberg. The Lord used her as one of our keynote speakers this year to challenge the leaders to live Wonderstruck today!   In our modern culture, we aren’t really taught to nurture a sense of wonder. Yet from the very beginning of Genesis, we get a glimpse … [Read more...]

None of us just loves to be criticized. In fact, if you are like me, you shy away from it if at all possible. What if God could use that to refine us and make us better leaders? What if how we react to criticism could even influence those we lead and serve with? One day in my office, I received a harsh criticism. I can’t even remember now what it was about, but I knew it was hard for me to … [Read more...]

Jenni Catron recently posted the following on her blog.  When I read it I was convicted and challenged to re-think the questions. I’ve reposted here so that all our LifeWay Women leaders would also be challenged by her wisdom as a leader and as Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. Jenni is also one of our workshop leaders for the  Women's Leadership Forum this year.  (Pray … [Read more...]

Pop over here and read the post on Dr. Thom Rainer’s blog: Eight Ways Leaders Make Themselves Vulnerable to Spiritual Attack by Dr. Chuck Lawless, then come back and let’s talk about these eight points. 1. We focus on others, often to the neglect of ourselves. As women we tend to nurture first then take care of ourselves. But we are not going to nurture in a healthy way if we are not healthy — … [Read more...]

I don’t know about you, but I needed this reminder. It is simple, but so transforming in our own lives and in the lives of women we lead.  Guest blogger Dawn Stephens, Associate Minister of Local Disciplemaking and Women’s Small Groups at The Church at Brook Hills, in Birmingham, Alabama shares from her experience and her heart. As a women’s ministry leader, in any church, in any city, and in any … [Read more...]

I’ve served in the area of women’s ministry enough years to understand what our guest blogger is talking about. In fact I’ve been a catalyst for making ministry messy at times, even if I had good intentions. Read this post authored by Stephanie Edge, director of Women’s Ministry, Poplar Heights Baptist Church, Jackson, Tenn., and see if you can relate. Poplar Heights Baptist Church recently, … [Read more...]

If you have led women’s ministry for very long, I bet you have asked this question yourself. Today Simone Monroe, Director of Women’s Ministries at Lake Pointe Church in Dallas, helps us look at this question differently.  Read her thoughts on helping women get the vision. It never fails! Every time I teach at a leadership conference or consult with a leadership team or individual leader in … [Read more...]

Once again I was inspired by a post on Dr. Thom Rainer’s blog to consider how it might apply to women’s ministry.  Any time I see the word busy, I identify!  And I believe our churches do as well. Dr. Rainer gives us seven reasons to consider puttng a women’s ministry on a diet. Read his post first, then let’s look at each of his seven reasons. Excessive activities can actually preclude … [Read more...]