A Dream Becomes Reality
Cathy Loerzel founded The Allender Center to help people find healing from abuse and trauma.

In the battle for restoration and redemption, you want Cathy Loerzel on your side. She is a woman of fierce compassion, an incredibly sharp creative mind, and the will and strength to get things done. She has the sparkle of conviction and ambition in her eyes. She is a force. ...


When Others Question Your Leadership
Parents in my children’s ministry questioned my authority because I wasn’t a mom.
When Others Question Your Leadership
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Fresh out of graduate school and looking like I had just graduated from high school, I jumped into a church staff role as director of children’s ministry. I had the education, the prior internship, and the experience working with kids. I was ready to make an impact. But ...


How to Prepare for Speaking at a Conference
What I’ve learned from 15 years of speaking at various events.
How to Prepare for Speaking at a Conference
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All I remember is saying an emphatic yes—over and over again.

I couldn’t believe my luck: 23-year old me had been asked to be the keynote speaker at a weekend conference. But as months went by and the event got closer, my usual last-minute way of operating in life ...


Should You Take on More?
5 questions to decide if projects outside your role are right for you
Should You Take on More?
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How often do you hear requests like this:

  • Can you help us?
  • You would be perfect to lead this.
  • It won’t take long.
  • We need you!

As leaders, these tempt us to say “yes” to projects beyond our regular responsibilities. Since many extracurricular opportunities in ministry ...


Five Ways to Invest in the Next Generation of Leaders
Practical tips for raising up more women in ministry
Five Ways to Invest in the Next Generation of Leaders
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Editor’s Note: In honor of International Women’s Day today, we’re publishing this practical article on developing the next generation of women leaders for ministry. Whatever your role, young women in your church are looking to you as a role model. What a privilege ...


Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
Make a smooth transition from associate to lead pastor.
Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
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With the last child in college, I dreamed of spontaneous weekend getaways with my husband. I planned out more hours for writing. I suddenly had a clean house all the time. It was my time. I could have nice things.

Then our lead pastor left for another position, and I (the associate) ...


3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started
How to discern if he or she is the right person to counsel you
3 Questions to Ask a Counselor Before You Get Started

Women face unique issues in leadership, and it’s okay to meet with a counselor to work through them. In my role as a ministry leader at a Christian college, I found myself in tears as I described to a colleague the significant toll the ministry I coordinate takes on me. ...


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