Spiritual Stages in Disciple-Making Part 5: Spiritual Young Adults


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...]

Spiritual Stages in Disciple-Making Part 4: Spiritual Children


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...]

Spiritual Stages in Disciple-Making Part 3: Spiritual Infants


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...]

Between Us?


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...]

Spiritual Stages in Disciple-Making Part 2: Spiritually Dead


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...]

Spiritual Stages in Disciple-Making Part 1: Identifying the Stage


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...]

Be Reminded of the Power of Stories… Again

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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...]

How to Start the Conversation of Sexual Brokenness

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One hot topic lately is the book Fifty Shades of Grey... believe it or not, many of our women in the church are reading it.  They want to know why it's unhealthy, so LifeWay Women recently tackled this topic.  You will find below links to our web show "The Chat with Priscilla" with host Priscilla Shirer and her guests. Today's post is written by Linda Lesniewski, Women's Minister at Green Acres … [Read more...]

Discipleship with Women in Mind


My friend and our guest blogger for today is Shirley Moses . She has served in a variety of women’s leadership roles and I love this challenge she offers for leaders as we consider how we are discipling our women. When we disciple other women we are to teaching them how to apply God's word to everyday events, never missing a God-given opportunity! In a funk, I called my friend to go for a … [Read more...]

Women’s Ministry Event Dilemma


I recently heard from a fairly new women’s ministry director who was planning an event for women.  Here is what she said: We are planning on a retreat at our church in 2014. We probably would have around 100+ women attend I am guessing. I have to submit a budget in a week or so and realized I have no idea how much a conference speaker might be or how to go about this. I am thinking it will be … [Read more...]