This is the conclusion of a 2-part blog series by Sheila West. Be sure to read part 1 first, then conclude with more of her practical suggestions to help leaders avoid spiritual stress fractures.   Choose now to stop trying to push through your tiredness, your spiritual weakness, your pain, and/or your fear that is more than you can cope with on your own.  It will ultimately create a prolonged … [Read more...]

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...]

As a woman serving in ministry over the course of many years, I have often been asked about my position on women in leadership, especially from a biblical perspective. It seems many want to “choose” a side and want me to do the same. Personally for me, it’s just never been a major issue. I really never thought of being in leadership as a direction for my life. God chose otherwise, and to be … [Read more...]

This is third post in a series as we recap the 2013 Women’s Forum. Leighann McCoy taught on the topic of spiritual warfare and it powerfully impacted the lives of many leaders. One leader went home only to face a tornado in her community the day after the Forum. She contacted us and let us know how much this breakout session meant to her as she dealt with this tragedy. Read Leighann’s post here … [Read more...]

Guest blogger and pastor’s wife Cindy Beall steps all over my toes on this post! I am challenged to really look at God’s unique leadership call on my life and make sure I am doing the best, not just the good. And it will help me avoid a total burnout in ministry as well. I know it will challenge you as it did me. I read this book several years ago and to say that it changed the way I live my … [Read more...]

  Leaders, we  just completed our 2013 Women’s Ministry Forum here at LifeWay and I once again saw the importance of prayer.  As the week began and plans began to fall apart, I sent out a prayer S.O.S. to a big group of friends who pray.  We felt the prayers!  Maybe you even remember my post a couple of weeks ago and the cute red headed gal! Each time my heart wanted to race and panic, I … [Read more...]

Today our guest blogger is pastor’s wife and speaker Cindy Beall. Maybe you need to be reminded to be the “CRO” of your life. Read on to find out why … "People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed." — Samuel Johnson Gurl, ain't that the truth. I dare say that when we listen to a message or hear a podcast or attend a conference, we don't learn all new things. Some … [Read more...]

As we headed into the hectic  Women's Leadership Forum  season which included two YOU Lead  training events  as well, both Mary Margaret Collingsworth (Women’s Forum event coordinator) and I felt a big panic coming on. Think with me a minute about your most recent ministry panic.  Did you get a picture of yourself?  What was your ministry panic experience? Driving to work the morning after … [Read more...]

I wouldn’t challenge you if I wasn’t already being challenged myself. You have probably read James 3:1-2, “Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment, for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.” (HCSB) I wonder if this convicts you as it does … [Read more...]

Have you ever felt that way? I sure have… and often! I do have some organizational skills and those do help, but ministry is continual and 24 hours a day! Even if we do not have administrative strengths, there are some things we can do to help prioritize and navigate a very busy schedule. Recently, Chuck Lawless shared 14 Tips for Time Management.  Take a look at some very practical ways to get … [Read more...]