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Four Questions to Ask When Complacency Calls
With all the politicking, protesting, and terrorizing, it’s tempting to give up the fight.
All of this indicates to me that the time has come, again, to fight for my own soul. I lift my heavy head, taking my eyes off myself and fixing them on Jesus
5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith
If you are like me, there's a burning deep down in your heart that won't allow you to give up, but getting your heart, mind, and soul to go forward is hard.
Band of Sisters
How I moved from a lone ranger to intentionally amplifying the work of other women leaders
And then, one day, those words weighed heavy on my soul: What ifI'm really the only woman out here doing this? All of a sudden, it didn't feel like an honorable thing to be alone.
Love Thy (Immigrant) Neighbor
Women leaders play a unique role in helping refugees and immigrants settle into the community.
Each one, regardless of accent, culture, or skin color possesses a God-breathed soul. Practical Soul Needs. “People migrate with their cultural beliefs and practices.” —Kenneth Guest.
Self-Control for the Sake of Ministry
What does it mean to say “no” to ourselves on behalf of those we serve and influence?
And when I get the “likes” I inwardly seek, it feeds into my sense of right-ness. It's precisely in these kind of moments when God's word breathes life into my soul.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
3. Pastors themselves think they are doingfine. Because of the results they are seeing, pastors may sell their own soul a piece at a time for the sake of success.
Moving Forward After a Difficult Week
Unity may indeed be needed after the election, but it’s okay to grieve first.
Recovery Director. Instead of saying anything to women leaders today, I invite lament—the guttural, primal wail of the soul that is born of suffering and loss.
Ministry after Becoming a Mom
Is it possible to balance two full-time callings?
callings were compatible. I just knew deep in my soul that I wanted to be a mother and I wanted to spend my life serving in ministry. A New Reality. It wasn't
An Open Letter to Young Women Leaders
The glory of God is man—and woman—fully alive.
It pulls you forward. It gives you life. It reminds you who you truly are in the deepest parts of your soul. For God, creator of all, calls you his own. Pause
Stop Leading from a Scarcity Mindset
With God, there’s more than enough (gifts, opportunities, ministries, work) to go around.
Paul's words in Romans 10:15, “Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news!” Instead, a fierce spirit of competition seeded its way inside of me, burrowing into my soul, and into
Facing My Inner Control Freak
An unexpected encounter with the Holy Spirit changed everything.
Every year she poured her heart and soul into planning this weekend, a time set apart for women to study God's Word, hear the Holy Spirit, and get away from the demands of life.
Find Your Natural Rhythm
You can’t run full speed all the time.
Sometimes a good tune makes us jump up and dance. It reminds us that we have soul, that we know a little something about rhythm and perhaps blues.
Leave Me Alone So I Can Do Ministry!
When productivity replaces hospitality, we miss the point of pastoring.
How easily I become annoyed or fatigued by the bland needs of the people entrusted to my care. Lord have mercy on my soul. Lord have mercy on my soul. May we take a cue from St.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
Because of this, we partnered with a local spiritual director whom our lead pastor and elders had vetted to ensure alignment with our values and beliefs.
The Vulnerable Act of Public Speaking
Find your voice—and keep it.
reveal your identity and your character. Your voice gives oral expression to what is deep in your soul, what is important to you. To believe in your voice
Motherhood Changed My Image of God
When my understanding of God changed, so did my leadership.
We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. Growing up in church, I knew the basics of the Bible, and thought I had a pretty good idea of who God was.
Can a pastor be an introvert?
in as a woman leader. Am I Fit for Pastoral Ministry? I loved my new position and poured my heart and soul into serving. God blessed my efforts, and
How Not to Lose Your Identity in Ministry
When I took a break from ministry, I realized I’d lost more than my job.
to our heads. I had poured myself into a job, a people, and a community, unknowingly letting them become the very essence of my soul. Sure, Jesus
Leading in the Midst of Suffering
I’d helped others through trials and struggles, but dealing with my own was a new challenge.
I knew him, this little boy. He and his siblings attended our children's ministry and just a few days earlier he had crawled his way into the shattered remnants of my soul.
The Truth About Sexism in the Church
And how to keep it from breaking you down.
In fact, those are all the underlying and hoped-for goals of sexism. Those reactions are exactly the ones that sexism intends to instill deep within your soul.