One of the questions our leadership panel received at the 2010 forum was this:  How do you deal with a season of feeling like a clogged drain? Your head understands, you walk in obedience, you trust, but the flame is flickering. I am walking daily and refusing to give in to discouragement, but it seems like a struggle. I have more struggle days than non. Now, now many of you reading … [Read more...]

 Okay, there is NO easy answer on this one. But we do know, if you want moms of young children, and especially single moms, involved in your women’s groups, childcare has to be addressed. PLEASE include any comments or ideas you find helpful in the comments box on this post so others can find solutions. Helpful Childcare Ideas from Transformed LivesChurch Policies- Begin with … [Read more...]

Recently at our Women’s Leadership Forum 2010, we had a panel answering questions submitted by attendees. Several upcoming posts will address those and try to help answer them. Today’s question is: As a lay leader, what is our role when our women’s ministry director is a " fly by the seat of your pants gal"? We are stressed out covering untimely planning and last … [Read more...]

 I am not even sure where to begin on this one!  We had an incredible time at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, NC, this month celebrating our 15th forum with over 1300 women! We were blessed by fabulous workshop leaders and topics, networking groups, worship led by Travis Cottrell and his praise team, messages by Beth Moore, Curtis Jones, Margaret Feinberg, and a panel of leaders. … [Read more...]

Jennifer Landrith, our guest blogger today, is the wife of David, who serves as the senior pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee, where they have been for 12 years.  She has been a minister’s wife for over 20 years and has a passion for encouraging other wives in ministry as they serve. You will be encouraged today as you read.“A thief comes only to steal … [Read more...]

 Tomorrow we will begin our 15th LifeWay Women Leadership Forum at Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Our theme this year is: Standing at the Crossroads of Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going and our scripture focus is "...whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you. This is the way. Walk in it." Isaiah 30:21 First of … [Read more...]

You will be inspired regarding your own team as you read this blog by guest writer, Simone Monroe, Director of Women’s Ministries at Lake Pointe Church in Dallas, Texas.TEAM is an intangible. I began thinking about this a few days ago as I tried to answer the questions coming from the other end of the phone. A friend called to discuss how to get women on a leadership team to accept one … [Read more...]

At one of our YOU Lead training events, this question was asked of our Q/A panel: How do you balance “pursuing” ministry versus waiting for God to open ministry doors for you?” How would you answer that question yourself? For those I have walked closest with in ministry, there wasn’t a “pursuing” really.  There was a “following.”  For me … [Read more...]

Karen Finke formerly served as Director of Support Ministries at Noland Road Baptist Church in Independence, MO for just over 6 years. She is now a member of the church’s women's ministry team. Read about her first experiences as a women’s leader and what God taught her about prayer and planning.At the time of this writing, the entire LifeWay women's team is up to their cute little … [Read more...]

This weekend, lots of families celebrate fall harvest and others celebrate “scary” things! When you think of your ministry with women, what scares you?I can think of so many things I have feared in the past when I was faced with the calling of God to serve in women’s ministry and when I was faced with challenges I knew were way beyond my ability to handle.  Think for a … [Read more...]