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On the Road to Racial Reconciliation

Valuing reconciliation is not the same as actively engaging in it.
On the Road to Racial Reconciliation
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I used to belong to a church that no longer exists. We were founded on a vision of being a multicultural worshiping congregation that was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do innovative outreach in the community. For me it was a dream come true. However, after I had been a member of this thriving church for 12 years, it folded. It’s hard to pinpoint the ultimate reason ...

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Passion Is Not Enough

Why you need a clear vision and mission for your ministry
Passion Is Not Enough
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Many leaders mistake mission and vison, but they’re not the same. Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision—a dream—to end segregation. His mission involved various methods like marches, speeches, and boycotts to help make that vision a reality. The mission is the work to be done in order to reach the vision. Does your church or ministry have a clear vision ...

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Diagnosing and Changing Church Culture

What you need to know about your past to move forward
Diagnosing and Changing Church Culture
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Three Ways Culture Emerges

One of the key responsibilities of church leaders is to manage the church’s culture, in all its forms, which I discussed in the first part of this article. In order to manage—and even change—the church’s culture, we must understand the three ways that organizational culture emerges.

Founders' Values

The most ...

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The Root of Ministry Effectiveness

What every church leader should know about organizational culture
The Root of Ministry Effectiveness

The job description was a good fit. Looking over the church’s literature and noticing the symbols around the building, she felt comfortable as she walked into the interview. She agreed wholeheartedly with the values communicated during the interview, plus the vision was inspiring. Impressive, she thought.

But as this newly minted seminary grad set about the work ...

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No Need to Downplay Your Leadership

God calls us to both humility and confidence.
No Need to Downplay Your Leadership

You've heard these phrases. Maybe you've said them:

  • It's not me—it's all God.
  • I'm nothing. Any talent I have comes right from God.
  • Oh thank you, but to God be all the glory!

They sound good, humble, even biblical. But are they?

And why do Christian women, in particular, tend to dismiss commendation and demean their own competence? ...

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Most Popular Articles of 2015

10 posts women leaders should read
Most Popular Articles of 2015

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From making your church a more welcoming place to developing emerging leaders, you’re eager to learn the best ways to do ministry. You also have a heart for the marginalized, and you want to know how to support hurting people yet avoid compassion fatigue. But most of all, you want to come together with other women leaders and cheer each other on.

Whether you’re ...

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How to Make Confident Decisions

And stand by them.
How to Make Confident Decisions

I’ve spent countless nights wide awake, mulling over a leadership decision. Did I do the right thing? Was the choice I made best for the ministry and everyone involved? Even when I feel confident making a decision, I often second-guess myself later.

I want my team to trust me. Yet my desire to earn their trust can cause me to overthink decisions and overanalyze ...

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Three Lessons for Women in Ministry from Catherine Booth

The co-founder of The Salvation Army lived out her calling and left a lasting legacy.
Three Lessons for Women in Ministry from Catherine Booth
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Catherine Booth was born in a small town in central England in 1829. The Victorian Age wasn’t exactly the golden age for women. Yet Catherine was able to create a lasting legacy that we’re reminded of every time we hear the bell ringers calling us to drop our coins in the red kettles of The Salvation Army.

Two things hugely influenced Catherine’s formative ...

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The Struggle to Find a Mentor

If you still haven’t found your ideal mentor, consider these new models of mentoring.
The Struggle to Find a Mentor

If you were to imagine your ideal mentor, what would she be like?

Let me tell you about mine. My ideal mentor would be a woman, at least a step or two ahead of me in life. She would be wise, discerning, and nurturing. She would be devoted to Christ, with a contagious faith. She would speak hard truths with gentle grace. She would also be a writer, offering insight and ...

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Leadership Without a Title

We can learn from the influential life of Sarah Edwards.
Leadership Without a Title

How would you exercise spiritual leadership if you weren’t allowed to be employed by a church, teach publicly, or attend seminary?

Sarah Edwards (1710–1758), wife of famous colonial pastor Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), lived with all these restrictions, yet they didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most spiritually influential women in her ...

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