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Don’t Take “No” for an Answer

When God calls, he'll help you find a way to fulfill that calling.
Don’t Take “No” for an Answer

Editor's Note: February is Black History Month, and that's important for all of us. Together we celebrate, especially in February, the amazing contributions African Americans have made to our society. Julia A.J. Foote is a perfect example. She was a trailblazer for all the women God has gifted to lead. Enjoy this reflection on her life and what her legacy means ...

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Women, Calling, and Guilt

Is seminary a waste of time?
Women, Calling, and Guilt

For the first year and a half that Marcy* was in seminary, she struggled with guilt. Marcy was a full-time student at an evangelical seminary, but she was also a staff person at a para-church ministry. She worried her financial supporters wouldn’t understand, and she described their skepticism this way, “They think I’m wasting my time frivolously doing ...

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Young Mom Turned Evangelist

Aimee Semple McPherson encourages us to be creative, compassionate, and courageous.
Young Mom Turned Evangelist

On a street corner in Ontario in 1915, a young woman jumped onto a chair, raised her arms to heaven, closed her eyes, and stood motionless for a time. The crowd around her grew, along with taunts, questions, and jeers. After a while, a man reached up to touch her arm, seeing if he could cause the “statue” to move. The young woman opened her brown eyes, glanced ...

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Step Out of Fear into Your Calling

How to overcome insecurity in ministry
Step Out of Fear into Your Calling

The non-denominational church I started wasn’t even a year old when a successful church-planter declared: “Your church will never make it!”

“Why do you say that?” I asked, feeling instantly wounded.

“Because you’re way too insecure!” He thoughtlessly replied.

Ouch. All these years later, I still feel the sting from his ...

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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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Ministry Shouldn’t Hurt

What to do when the church starts acting like an abusive boyfriend
Ministry Shouldn’t Hurt

It’s true that ministry is hard. It’s true that ministry takes sacrifice. But ministry shouldn’t hurt.

We teach young women the same concept in romance: love shouldn’t hurt. We say if a man says he loves you but hits you or treats you badly emotionally or psychologically, then it isn’t love at all.

It’s the same with ministry. If ...

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I’m Rare: I Haven’t Been Harassed Because I’m a Woman

But I have complicated feelings about that.
I’m Rare: I Haven’t Been Harassed Because I’m a Woman
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I'm a rarely seen species: a woman in theology who has no sad stories to tell you about being harassed, roadblocked, or discriminated against. I've spent ten years in formal study of theology, but no one has ever made a snide remark to me about my gender. I've spent three years in professional ministry and never had anyone oppose my work, my preaching, or my ...

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Three Ways to Simplify Advent

These proactive measures can keep you, and your team, from burning out.
Three Ways to Simplify Advent

Much has been written to the individual about how we should simplify holidays, but it gets a bit more complicated for those of us in ministry. We are, after all, responsible for other people whom we fear may be alone or neglected during the holidays. We also feel compelled to help others connect to God during the holidays rather than default to the culture’s interpretation ...

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Troublesome Women Preachers

We join a long legacy of prophetic witness to the gospel.
Troublesome Women Preachers

Editor’s Note: This year for Thanksgiving, we want you to know that we’re thankful for you! For all the work you put in, for all the awkward situations you navigate, for all the hard messages you preach. Being a woman in ministry is not always an easy path. But you are doing it. So today we offer this sermon from Rev. Tiffany Thomas to let you know just how ...

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Pastor or Director: Does Title Matter?

An honest look at what our titles communicate
Pastor or Director: Does Title Matter?

Several years ago, I had a breakfast meeting with an elder at my church. When the check came, I reached across the table to pay. But he refused and said, “I have a policy that I always pay for the pastor.” I laughed. “But I am not a pastor,” I said, using air quotes. He responded, “Yes you are. That may not be your title but it is what you ...

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