Find Your Natural Rhythm
You can’t run full speed all the time.

There is strength in a song that compels us to respond with clapped hands, lifted voices, stomped feet, and waving arms. There is power in a song that can pull on our emotions—make us shed a tear or reflect on an old memory. Sometimes a good tune makes us jump up and dance. ...


My Depression Is Not Wasted
What Gillian Marchenko learned when mental illness mixed with ministry
My Depression Is Not Wasted

Editor’s Note: As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, we’re catching up with Gillian Marchenko to hear what she’s learned about ministering with depression. Whether or not you’ve experienced mental health issues, I know you’ll gain wisdom ...


The Weight of Stress in Ministry
Women are three times as likely to experience depression.
The Weight of Stress in Ministry

Each person in leadership has a certain amount of stress. Stress can’t be avoided completely. However, when stress is unmanaged, it can lead to serious health problems. The impact on our health may include high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, headaches, ...


Backhanded Compliments and Cold Shoulders
The inevitable effects of envy on our leadership
Backhanded Compliments and Cold Shoulders

When I walked off the stage after giving a talk, a woman leader came up to me with a big smile. She touched my arm, leaned in, and said, “Wow, most of the time I can’t understand your messages at all, but I got so much out of this one. And thanks for not making any ...


The True Source of Our Authority
We can’t depend on our education, willpower, or gifts.
The True Source of Our Authority

“Study Scripture. Paul did not allow women to teach or preach in the churches. Keep studying, God is not liberal.”

It’s unsettling to get this Facebook message from a total stranger. It’s even more unsettling to receive it six times in one day. The unfortunate ...


When Ministry Is Unfair
A better question than “Why me?”
When Ministry Is Unfair

Editor’s Note: I recently attended a large conference for church leaders. In a breakout session filled with women leaders serving in various roles, I heard heartbreaking stories of being overlooked, minimized, disrespected, and even harassed. They felt this way in their ...


The Power of Questions
The one leadership tool you’re probably forgetting.
The Power of Questions
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Most influential leaders will tell you that reading, thinking, and making sound decisions are critical elements of leadership. What they might fail to mention is these exchanges are informed by how well we listen, who we listen to, and how we interact with ideas. Leadership ...

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