When you became a leader, did you think it would be easy? I am not sure I thought it would be easy, but I sure didn’t’ think it would be as hard as it’s been!  I mean, we’re serving God, as His calling…why would that be anything but blessed all the time? Truly, leadership has been more blessed than I dreamed it would be, but also more difficult than I ever … [Read more...]

Dawn Stephens is the Associate Minister of Local Disciplemaking and Women’s Small Groups at The Church at Brook Hills, in Birmingham, Alabama  "I am thinking there is a story in this experience as I am helping a woman in a neighboring community dig through the remains of her home after the devastating tornadoes of April 27, 2011. She and her mother, niece and her … [Read more...]

Sharing  a vision God has given you is not always easy. Read  this post by Simone Monroe, Director of Women’s Ministries at Lake Pointe Church in Dallas, Texas,  Every leader knows that vision is a huge part of leadership. Casting the vision is an art form for a leader. Keeping it before the team is something that is necessary to build the momentum needed for the vision to … [Read more...]

Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them.  This is the first in a series of 5 posts on this subject.Today’s question is: What does the “prayer group” look like in your church? How many are in the group. How often do they meet? … [Read more...]

Recently I was memorizing James 1:1-5 and began to see these verses in a different way.  Read verses 1-4 and think about what is says. Does that really mean we are to find joy in difficulties?  That’s just not easy to do.  Then I discovered in verse 5 something I’d not seen before.  But before we get to that, let me share something else.When I discovered this truth, … [Read more...]

Do you find as a leader that it is not always easy trying to reach women of all generations? Do your older women ever wonder what in the world the younger generation is doing and what will help them grow spiritually? Do your younger women ever say, “that’s my mama’s ministry and I want to create my own?”  It’s not easy seeking to reach women in at least 5 … [Read more...]

If you have ever experienced infertility, you know what it’s like to sit in church and bless moms while you are dying inside. Year after year I faced Mother’s Day that way. It was not hard to celebrate my own mom that day, but there was still a big hole in my own heart as I so desperately wanted to have children. Perhaps you have had a similar experience, or have lost a child … [Read more...]

I like lists!  Before I go to bed I make a list of what I need to do the next day. Sometimes I take the main headings and do sub points under those headings.  In the course of the day if something comes up that must be addressed that didn’t make the list; I add it just to have the joy of crossing it off again!  Why do I do that?  I like to be well planned. Our … [Read more...]

I have always heard you can tell what is truly important to a person by looking at their daily calendar and their checkbook.  If you stop and think about it, that is true! The places we spend our time and our money indicate what is most important to us.  However, we tend to get pulled so many other directions! Rather than pulling out our hair, let’s set priorities!As an active … [Read more...]

As women’s ministry leaders, we do our best to plan a strong ministry. We make countless sacrifices that often go unnoticed.  However, we cannot please everyone and discouragement lurks in the dark. The enemy is just ready to pounce on us and “steal, kill, and destroy” our joy.Author, Speaker, and Bible Study Leader, Martha Lawley certainly has plenty of ministry experience. … [Read more...]