Women’s Ministry Q/A #27 Ideas for Helping Hurting Women

Recently at a YOU Lead women’s leadership training, we had a panel of leaders answering questions submitted by attendees. Several past and upcoming posts address those and try to help answer them.      Today’s question: What are some ideas for helping hurting women? Do you recommend support groups?Most of us, as women’s leaders are not trained counselors. … [Read more...]

Ministering to Women Dealing with Infertility

As a leader this topic is dear to my heart, partially because the statistics of women dealing with this. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in an article dated 2002 here are the stats: Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to have children): 7.3  millionPercent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 11.8%Number of married women … [Read more...]

Women Preparing for Future Loss from Previous Generations

If you are a young leader, please read through this post by Lorie Looney Keene (photo). She brings up some very thought provoking ideas about what you can learn now from older women to prepare you as you mature. If you are an older leader, read this and ask how you can share this with your younger women.    Recently, Elijah and I enjoyed another play date at the home of an elderly … [Read more...]

Women’s Leaders Being Ministered to in Crisis, Part 2

This is the second in a 2 part blog. Please read part 1 first.Now that you know a little of my story, let me share some of the words others gave me that truly helped strengthen me daily and kept my focus stay on Christ. One friend sends out a daily devotional thought and this one truly ministered: "Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will … [Read more...]

Women’s Leaders Being Ministered to in Crisis, Part 1

I want to do a 2 part blog on this topic, mainly because of where God has me personally in my own journey. Today I want to talk about how, as a leader, others can and will minister to us, IF we share our needs and allow them to come along side to pray and support. The following blog post will deal with some specific ways others ministered to me and how that has led me to minister to … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Building Your Network of Professional Counselors

At a recent LifeWay Women Live webcast (register for LiveWay Women Live web casts here) one question that came up a couple of times is how to put together a referral list to have handy as you deal with women in crisis.I found this web article from several years ago that I believe will be helpful written by former LifeWay employee Barney Self, Ed. D. I believe this answers that question well.Every … [Read more...]

LifeWay Women Live WEBCAST: Reaching Women In Crisis

Did you miss LifeWay Women Live on April 5th? Don't worry! You can still view this webcast here. Join Chris Adams, Pam Case & Paige Greene for Reaching Women in Crisis with counselor Kaye Hurta and LifeWay Women Event Coordinator Betsy Langmade.  Life is unpredictable.  Sometimes life difficulties build up and escalate to crisis points over time.  Other times the crisis comes … [Read more...]

Longing, Loss, Life: Ministering to Hurting Women

FREE Women’s Ministry Web Cast …Longing, Loss, Life: Ministering to Women through Infertility, Miscarriage, and AdoptionAs a women’s ministry leader, you have probably been faced with various crisis issues of the women in your congregation. Often we struggle to know how to help. We offer various resources, as well as this free webcast regarding struggles to become a mom.We will … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day When You Are Not a Mom

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...]

Who do you miss?

Merry Christmas to all of our LifeWay women gals out there. I don't want to NOT spread Christmas cheer but I also want to take a moment to acknowledge those who have someone who is missing in their Christmas picture this year. I'm one of those people. Two of my dear co-workers at LifeWay just lost a parent very near to Christmas. To one friend, one day she was planning Christmas festivities and … [Read more...]