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...]

Sometimes our church culture changes and as women’s ministry leaders we struggle to figure out how to minister to women in a new paradigm.  Such was the case for a leader who sought out the wisdom of women’s ministry leader Sheila West, founder of Real Living Ministries. She shares great points to consider regarding how to minister to women in a church that filters its ministry through small … [Read more...]

This is the final post in our 6 part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1, Part 2 Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. Today Ashley Chesnut concludes this series as she talks about spiritual parents. As we discussed stages of spiritual growth in our most recent women’s small group leader training, one of the ladies asked whether or not you have to be a spiritual parent to lead a small group. … [Read more...]

This is part 5 in our 6 part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Today Ashley Chesnut moves her discussion on to the young adult stage of spiritual maturity. One college girl whom I'm discipling leads a small group of girls in her sorority, and every time we meet, this leader has a barrage of questions for me. Recently, her questions included everything … [Read more...]

This is Part 4 in our 6-part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Today’s Ashley Chesnut discusses the spiritual children stage. I previously worked as a nanny, and I distinctly remember a time when the whole family was sick except for the youngest who was 3 at that point. With 2 sick kids and both parents ill, Charlie* didn't think he was getting enough … [Read more...]

This is Part 3 in our 6-part series on spiritual stages. Please also see Part 1 and Part 2. Today’s post by Ashley Chesnut focuses on spiritual newborns. How would you describe a newborn? Dependent? Cute? Curious? Ignorant? Apply what you generally know about newborns to spiritual infants. Spiritual newborns are... Characterized by ignorance and dependence Often zealous about the … [Read more...]

We have an event coming up called Between Us, and we keep getting asked the question, “What’s that?” and “Who’s that for?” Well, let me clarify… it’s a conference just for ministers’ wives! If your husband serves in ministry, this conference is for you. I feel a little crazy calling it a conference because it’s so much more than that, but we’ll just call it a conference for now. If you’re not a … [Read more...]

Make sure you've read Part 1 in this series focusing on the stages of spiritual growth by Ashley Chesnut. Today's post is the second in this six-part series and discusses those who are spiritually dead. Who are the spiritually dead?  Writing to the believers at Ephesus, Paul uses the following description: "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the … [Read more...]

I want to introduce you to a young women’s leader from The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham. Ashley Chesnut will guest blog a series of 6 posts on the Spiritual Stages in Disciple-Making.  I know you will be blessed as I am by her insights. “How do I help the girls in my small group take the next step to grow in their faith?” This has been a central question for me as I have walked alongside … [Read more...]

Even though we know how important our life stories are, we need a reminder, and my friend Rachel Lovingood  is just the one to do that.  Read her post today and watch for how you can encourage women to open up this lives to impact another generation. I have always recognized how powerful stories can be... but like so many things... I often need to be reminded. This past weekend I experienced … [Read more...]