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...]

Your church can begin a small-group ministry to women in your church and community. Keep these seven suggestions from Women Reaching Women in mind as you start small groups:  1.       Pray for each other and become sensitive to personal needs. Prayer is key to any ministry, especially during the startup stage, when wisdom and guidance from the Lord are … [Read more...]

This is part two of a post on the challenges of conflict resolution within the church written by Martha Lawley, author of Attending the Bride of Christ. Read part one here.In my first post we considered the importance of distinguishing between facts, feeling and opinions/perceptions. For successful resolution of conflict each of these must be addressed.So how do we go about this sorting process … [Read more...]

Martha Lawley, author of Attending the Bride of Christ and who has taught on this subject often, has provided some valuable help for us as leaders regarding conflict. (Second part will post October 7.)One of my favorite parts of LifeWay’s YOU Lead Training Event is the panel discussion. Participants ask such great questions. Unfortunately we don’t always have time to answer every … [Read more...]

If you missed  this live informative web cast: Women's Ministry in Transition with women's ministry leaders Deb Douglas, Martha Lawley, Julie Woodruff, and LifeWay Women Event Project Coordinator Lauren Farmer on September 6th, you can still watch the live recording here.Women's ministry is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of women in our culture. Gain insights into simplifying … [Read more...]

 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...]

How do you view your ministry life? Separate from the rest of life, or a part of the whole? I remember years ago when I was serving on a church staff in Tyler, Texas, a principle that God revealed to me: As Christians, we are either in full time ministry or we aren’t in ministry at all.   That was something He compelled me to share with other women from that time … [Read more...]

       Guest blogger Debbie Stuart serves as Director of Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. As a leader for many years, she has seen ministry to women change often. Read her wise words about making change to benefit the lives of the women God brings into your life and ministry.        … [Read more...]

Stephanie Edge,  Director of Women’s Ministry, Poplar Heights Baptist Church, Jackson, TN, is our guest blogger today. I know none of you ever has trouble saying “no”, but perhaps some of those on your leadership team do! (LOL!)  Have you ever said “Yes” to something when you really needed to say “No”? Women and leaders, in particular, have … [Read more...]