If you’ve read many of my blog posts, especially the more personal and inspirational ones, you’ve seen my love for the beach. It is a place where, as a leader I can really get away from the ministry responsibilities, chill out, and see the hand of God as I enjoy the peace and beauty of the Gulf Coast tides and white sands.  This year, I asked God what He wnted to teach me … [Read more...]

Over the last year or so I’ve received many scriptures, prayers and devotional thoughts in my inbox, on personal notes or other places that have truly ministered to me in incredible ways. I thought, leader to leader, they might be meaningful to you as well, especially on those days of ministry when you aren’t sure if anything is being accomplished or if there is any impact on the … [Read more...]

In Life Lesson #9, I’d like for you to consider what you have surrendered to the Lord to use for His glory. Now think about what you are holding back. Anything come to mind? A small part of your heart, your past, or maybe even relationships? Luke 14:27 tell us that if we really want to be His disciple, we have to deny ourselves for His better calling. As a leader, we must be willing to allow … [Read more...]

In Life Lesson #8, we will consider God’s commands to Joshua and the Israelites as they approached the Promised Land. If you scan the first few chapters of the book Joshua, you see over and over the words, “Be strong and courageous”.Obviously what God had instructed them to do would not be easy! Ever feel that way? Please don’t say, never! I will be very intimidated if you … [Read more...]

Lesson 4 of our “Life Lessons for Leaders” has huge implications for how well the ministry is supported and encouraged from the leadership of the church. You might be a paid staff member as you lead women, but most of you are volunteer lay leaders seeking to minister to and with women. Connecting well with your staff, which is probably predominately male, will be a huge asset as you … [Read more...]

What…you might say! Ladies, since it’s not our ministry, only God knows how long we will be leading as we are now. He also knows who will come behind us and take the mantle.  He also knows we cannot and should not do ministry alone. Who came before you to lead you? How long have you been in leadership? Did you even expect to be in the place of leadership you are in today?  … [Read more...]

Ok, I know, you are tired of hearing that. But if you have been in ministry longer than a few months, you know that if you want to finish the race well, you will have to learn how to adjust daily, to the changing issues, needs, and times!In this third of our life lessons for leaders we see that vibrancy and freshness of ministry depends on our not getting in to a ministry rut! Because it worked … [Read more...]

Now that we’ve covered preliminaries and what NOT to do, let’s get into lesson one.  Sharon Betters wrote this in an online article, Women’s leaders “see it [women’s ministry] as a program that is one layer of the church, rather than vital ingredient that is marbleized into the whole community, an ingredient that is critical to the peace and prosperity of a local … [Read more...]

In the previous post, we talked about asking the right ministry questions and preparing ourselves spiritually for ministry. Now let’s consider the “what not” to do in ministry. As lead in a ministry area, we often learn more by our mistakes than we do our successes. Stop and just list a few of your own lessons from failure that impacted your life and ministry. OK, I know this is … [Read more...]

As a leader, do you ever stop to think back over your life to those most profound life-changing lessons you have learned? I was once asked to speak on the topic, Top 10 Tips for Leaders. I began processing the things I felt were most important. The list eventually grew beyond 10 and became a chapter in our revised edition of the women’s ministry leadership book, Women Reaching Women. But the … [Read more...]