When You Feel Like a Failure
Whether you've truly failed―or you just feel like a failure―the experience can actually be a blessing.

“Well, Cara, I’m not really sure what to say, but you failed to do what we hired you to do.” The chairperson folded her hands on her lap, and looked at me blankly. I stared back at her, numb to the world around me.

Glancing at the paper in front of her, she ...


Make an Appointment with Your Heavenly Doctor
As we lead others, we can’t overlook our own need for God’s healing.
Make an Appointment with Your Heavenly Doctor
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As leaders, we can find ourselves so busy administering the cure for the incurable situations in other people’s lives that we somehow forget about the painfully self-destructive situations in our own. We find ourselves having private conversations about our pains, only ...


Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
Sitting at the feet of Jesus might mean getting a degree
Is Seminary Part of Your Calling?
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I had zero intentions of ever going to grad school. In my mid-30’s, college was a distant memory, and the thought of pulling together enough time, focus, and mental energy to sit down and write a paper sounded like signing up for voluntary torture. “Ugh, school again? ...


Find Your Prophetic Voice
First steps you can take to learn to speak out against injustice
Find Your Prophetic Voice
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A few years ago I had a chance to watch a movie entitled, Blood Done Sign My Name. In this movie, viewers get to know two leaders who are faced with civil unrest during the Civil Rights Era. In one scene a young white pastor is having a discussion with his predecessor over how, ...


How to Keep Leading When You Feel Like Falling Apart
5 things to do when you face tragedy and turmoil
How to Keep Leading When You Feel Like Falling Apart
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I just can’t do this without her. The defeating thought came without warning and forced its way into my heart. I could barely breathe. We had worked side by side in ministry for years, and now she was gone. I’d lost her—my confidante, prayer partner, and best ...


Why We Need Single Women Leaders
The unique challenges and powerful insights of unmarried ministry leaders
Why We Need Single Women Leaders
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Editor’s Note: This article is part of “Change Makers,” our recent CT special issue focused on some of the ways women are influencing the church, their communities, and the world. It includes articles that explore trends in women’s discipleship, examine ...


Ally or Adversary?
Relationships between female leaders are often marked by competition and contempt. It doesn't have to be this way.
Ally or Adversary?
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Editor’s Note: This article is part of “Change Makers,” our recent CT special issue focused on some of the ways women are influencing the church, their communities, and the world. It includes articles that explore trends in women’s discipleship, examine ...


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