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Ally or Adversary?
Relationships between female leaders are often marked by competition and contempt. It doesn't have to be this way.
ages, classes, ethnicities, and religions. Of those surveyed, 90 percent said their primary rivalry at work is with women, not men. In fact, multiple studies
Making the Leap from Marketplace to Ministry
Five truths to keep in mind when God calls you to a big career change
After a brief time wrestling with the decision, I applied, thinking, Well, I guess when I finish in a few years, I will…go work for a church? 1. Your work history is an asset for ministry.
Avoiding The Trap Of A Punch-The-Clock Mentality In Ministry
It’s too easy to define our ministry by how many hours we put in. Then it's very easy to slip into the trap of defining our value by those hours.
Too many pastors suffer from PCM. Punch-the-clock mentality. And if you don't, you may be struggling to work with church leaders who do. Every work day they punch in and punch out.
3 Ways to Maximize Co-Pastoring
Effective co-pastoring requires more than just dividing up tasks.
struggling co-pastors some guidance. These three tips work for any co-pastoring duo, whether or not you're married: Read as Single Page Page:123|Next.
8 Guidelines for Ministering to Men
A nuanced alternative to the Billy Graham Rule that views men—and ourselves—first as being in the image of God.
Work-life balance is hard, and relationships suffer when we don't give quality—and quantity—time to the ones we love. Infidelity doesn't just “happen” when we get into a car with a man.
Break Your Day into Thirds
A creative way to avoid burnout in ministry
Otherwise, it's too easy to work yourself into the ground, as I had already begun to do. Then, I could easily return to work at 5 pm, ready to go for another five hours.
Sleep: The Neglected Gift
As a pastor, I learned I needed to embrace God's gift of sleep.
to these many reasons that could contribute to sleep deprivation, women in ministry often have to deal with gender bias, which can cause stress, emotional turmoil, and additional work.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
It exists to advance the Spirit's work of forming people in Jesus Christ. Therefore, church staff members should experience and display a clear sense of meaning in their work.
Imagining the Next Generation of Women in Leadership
A conversation between a lead pastor and her daughter
I knew I wanted to do something that would bring change, but didn't know what that entailed. I was at a Christ in Youth conference where they were talking about kingdom work.
God is doing something bigger and better than your project.
Lamenting Failure. God is doing something bigger and better than your project. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 2. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print. I knew my idea was going to work.
3 Reasons to Heed Limits in Your Leadership
As leaders, we naturally get frustrated by limits. But we can use them to our advantage.
Here's why: 1. Not all possibilities are good. Not all ideas are sound. Caught up in the thrill of momentum, we can begin to believe that every idea will work and that no possibility is bad.
Make Criticism Your Friend
Change your perspective, and criticism can actually propel you forward in God’s mission.
though, and was inevitably exposed to more and more criticism from various sources, I learned that criticism could actually be my friend, serving to strengthen me and my work.
When Volunteers Disappoint
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team.
When Volunteers Disappoint. Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 3. Image: iStock. 0; tweet; email; print.
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Meet with women from across the country for community, encouragement, and discussion.
for each week. Our hope is that women who pick up the devotional might gather a group of other women together to work through it together. (“How I
The Extra Job in My Head
How to take a mental break when your mind is filled with reminders of your to-do list
I hold the list in my head through the work day, but it can explode when I get home, often driving me to bark orders at my family. The list must be accomplished!
A Dream Becomes Reality
Cathy Loerzel founded The Allender Center to help people find healing from abuse and trauma.
leadership. After graduating college with degrees in political science and history, Loerzel went to work for IBM as a consultant in the federal government sector.
Band of Sisters
How I moved from a lone ranger to intentionally amplifying the work of other women leaders
How I moved from a lone ranger to intentionally amplifying the work of other women leaders. Read as Single PagePage 1 of 4. Regardless of gender, this sort of work can be isolating.
Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry
9 steps to set healthy limits
When I meet or have the opportunity to coach people with part-time jobs in ministry, I often ask how many hours they work each week and how many they're paid for.
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you
Page 1 of 4. 0; tweet; email; print. Women face unique issues in leadership, and it's okay to meet with a counselor to work through them. In my role as a
Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you. What gifts of the Spirit do you see at work in and through your life?