My Biggest Ministry Mistake
Ten leaders weigh in to help others avoid their mishaps

As I look back on my 35 years of church leadership, I am struck by a peculiar dynamic. I struggle to recall many of the times when God has shown up and powerfully proven his love, but I remember every detail connected to my mistakes. There was the time when I organized an end-of-the-year ...


Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Tense conversations about race led Riana Shaw Robinson to become a bridge-builder.
Discomfort Clarified My Calling
Danielle Lane

Sometimes God makes himself most known in the in-between moments of our lives—in times of uncertainty, tension, or waiting. This has certainly been true for Riana Shaw Robinson, a mother, wife, pastor, and seminary student from the San Francisco Bay Area. And my guess ...


Bounce Back After Defeat
Every leader faces failure, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your ministry.
Bounce Back After Defeat

I used to believe that in ministry, no sacrifice is wasted—that our blood, sweat, and tears will always bear good fruit. When I started a new ministry, I envisioned ascending a ladder of faith, going higher and higher to reach the mountaintop. I figured if I put in the ...


Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry
9 steps to set healthy limits
Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry

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. Almost everyone responds with a chuckle. Many have given up on trying to do the job in the hours they were ...


Clues for Your Calling
Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
Clues for Your Calling

The New Testament teaches us that God in his grace and power has poured out gifts and roles among his people. In Romans 12, Paul encourages the church community to release and use their gifts: “If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give ...


Introducing WomenLeaders.com!
We're cheering you on as you live your calling.
Introducing WomenLeaders.com!

You know what excites me? Women leaders. Since joining this publication a year and a half ago, I’ve been emboldened in my calling, encouraged on the hard days, and empowered with sound advice as I’ve heard from readers like you, women in ministry.

This week in church, ...


How to Be the Elephant in the Room
Is it possible to be yourself, or should you become “one of the guys”?
How to Be the Elephant in the Room

Esther is my hero. Thankfully, I’m rarely called to put my life on the line by entering a king’s presence uninvited. I do, however, often look to Esther for courage when I am called to step into rooms where I don’t feel comfortable.

Last week I received an invitation ...


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