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Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep.
In addition, women's sleep can be affected by worry, pregnancy, menopause, being woken up and moved around on the bed by the partner, and waking up to tend to children.
Sabbath Is More than Rest
Everyone wants a break and more time off, but Sabbath offers more.
time was shoved aside. When I married, worked, and had children, spending any time reading the Bible became rare and precious. Sundays turned into
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband.
Women were missionaries. Women were children's pastors or occasionally associate pastors. But women were not senior pastors. Women were not preachers.
How to Advocate for Singles in Your Church
Minding the margins to draw everyone in
other departments. Doing a little digging, I found out that the same was true for the volunteers who served with the nursery, children, and youth. These
5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith
She even founded an orphanage in Harvey, Illinois, for abandoned and destitute African American children. She gave birth to five children and four of them died young.
The Extra Job in My Head
How to take a mental break when your mind is filled with reminders of your to-do list
slack. But would he think about it and add it to the list in his head? Do men even keep lists in their heads? I remember when our children were little. I
When Others Question Your Leadership
Parents in my children’s ministry questioned my authority because I wasn’t a mom.
Parents in my children's ministry questioned my authority because I wasn't a mom. For me, this translated into the idea that only parents understand children.
Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Women leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community.
Because many immigrants hail from patriarchal or machismo cultures, it's vital that women leaders reach out to the women and children. First of all, it
Jesus And Crowds – An Unhappy Marriage
Jesus didn’t turn the crowds away when they found him. But he sometimes made himself hard to find.
Second, the number only included adult men. According to Matthew 14:21, “The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” (emphasis mine).
4 Ways to Multiply the Impact of Your VBS
Use this one-week event to ignite year-long discipleship.
Whether your church does a formal altar call during VBS or offers other opportunities for children to commit their lives to Jesus, make it your top priority to contact these kids.
Working with a Team Means Better Care
Pooling expertise, wisdom, resources, and networks leads to better ministry.
this over to the kidney specialist." After meeting him years before in the hospital, four kids, and countless visits, I have learned to trust his skill and capability in caring for my children.
Where Have All the Lamenters Gone?
No one laments more than God, so why do we as leaders feel pressure to keep a happy face?
that God meets us in. From Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, to Esther and Mordechai, God's children were full of laments. Sarah lamented, Jeremiah was
Did I Hear God Right?
Just because you feel like a failure doesn’t mean you weren’t called by God.
This can happen any time we're seeking ways to serve the Lord. I once met a pastor who overheard me talking to some friends about how I missed working with children.
Please Don’t Make Me Feel Used
Crossing the line between friendship and ministry
So, she offered what she could: a play date at the zoo with all four of their children in tow. We chatted for a bit, catching up on the lives of both of her college-aged children.
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
I was involved with a program to help traumatized children after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. I had helped in Haiti years before. If you have a strong children's ministry, begin there.
13 Tips for Women Church Planters
Beyond where to plant and what strategy to use
Family outings, date night, vacations, and attending the children's sports events, recitals, and parties are important. If you're married, work together with
Public Schools Are Changing. Should Your Church?
Four lessons for your children’s ministry and your adults.
This is a significant reason driving pictures 1 and 2. The idea that all children who live on the same street or in close proximity will see one another and interact with one another
Preaching Grace Rather Than To-Do Lists
When we share five ways to be a better parent, what are we communicating about the gospel?
Our children deserve the best this church can give them. What can you do to invest in the lives of our children? Isn't it time for your money to be invested in eternity?
How to Be a Spiritual Mother
We all have a responsibility to guide younger leaders.
I looked ahead and saw a future with obvious signs of aging, aches and pains, cultural alienation, and my precious children leaving home—it all felt negative and a big overwhelming.