Guest blogger Judy Patrick has been a pastor’s wife for over 35 years and has some great suggestions for ministry wives. How are you doing in these areas? Rejoice and be Encouraged As a minister’s wife, we face good and bad times. The following suggestions will help you rejoice in the good times and be encouraged during the bad times. Grow spiritually – Jesus knew His children would need … [Read more...]

Not long ago a leader posed these questions to me and wondered what I was hearing from other leaders: What are the best habits of a highly successful women’s ministry? What are the best habits of a highly successful women’s minister/director/coordinator? What are the top trends in women’s ministry today? So, I did what I normally do when I need some reliable input… I posed these … [Read more...]

My friend and women’s leader Leighann McCoy shares with us her journey and how that has impacted her ministry. Think about what God has allowed you to experience and the difference it has made in the way you serve. I am the women’s minister at Thompson Station Church, and have been for a very long time. My husband is the senior pastor (and also has been for a very long time). What I’m about to … [Read more...]

  Today’s guest blogger is Judith Graham, women’s ministry director, Frisco Bible Church, Frisco, TX.  She shares from her experience 5 important lessons that can help us as women’s ministry leaders to effectively lead the women in our churches to know and grow in Christ. As a Women’s Director for five years, my blessings greatly abounded. God allowed me to use the gifts, passion, and … [Read more...]

Once again as I read Dr. Thom Rainer’s blog recently I could see application at least in some ways to women’s ministry leaders. Read what Chuck Lawless says in this blog post here:  Twelve Ways to Encourage Church Staff first. Then, let’s adapt the word TEAM (seen below in all caps) for women’s leaders and address a few of these. Pray proactively with individual TEAM members. Not only do you … [Read more...]

Dawn Stephens is the Associate Minister of Local Disciplemaking and Women’s Small Groups at The Church at Brook Hills and the writer of today’s post. She gives us three dynamics for navigating challenges in ministry. I heard my mom say the phrase, "there's more than one way to skin a cat" over and over as a kid.  She has become the “queen” of figuring out different ways to accomplish a goal or … [Read more...]

As a women's leader, I'm sure you've never had to deal with an ounce of drama, right? I've spent the last few years leading Girls' Ministry in the local church, and at times, it felt like I was constantly dealing with drama. Since women are just grown-up girls, we often deal with drama in the world of Women's Ministry as well. Drama steals God's glory, and He is jealous for His glory! Exodus … [Read more...]

I recently posted on this blog on a topic that closely followed the post on LifeWay president Dr. Thom Rainer’s blog, “Five Mistakes Leaders Make When They Speak.”  You can read my post here.  Today I wanted to link to a follow up on this topic from Dr. Rainer’s blog written by Chuck Lawless,  “Seven Mistakes in Public Speaking” and relate to four of his points and how they relate to us as women’s … [Read more...]

Every time I go to the beach for R & R, God uses the time to teach me principles about who He is and how He works. This trip was no different. In fact, because He is so faithful to do this, I have begun looking forward to each trip in part, for what He will teach me, and what He will allow me to teach others.  I anticipate He will teach and I am ready to learn. This trip was earlier in the … [Read more...]

Over the last few years, I've realized that having (and maintaining) strong friendships is a huge part of being a leader. We all need women we can count on... a listener, confidante, and prayer warrior. As a leader, it's easy to feel alone, and this is a place where Satan loves to creep in and allow us to feel like we don't have anyone on our side. Whether you're married or single, having women in … [Read more...]