5 Tips for Staying in Leadership in Trying Times
Lessons on leading through suffering from the life of Amanda Berry Smith

Amanda Berry Smith was a wife, mother, preacher, singer, and missionary in Liberia, Sierre Leone, and other parts of Africa. She was strong, gifted, and admired by many. She was considered a mighty warrior for God's kingdom and one clergyman, Marshall W. Taylor, even proclaimed ...


Make Criticism Your Friend
Change your perspective, and criticism can actually propel you forward in God’s mission.
Make Criticism Your Friend
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The higher we rise in leadership, the more we can expect there will be someone with a contrary opinion to criticize us. These opinions may come from a place of genuine concern, jealousy, or, most often, simply a different perspective. Sometimes it’s hard to know the motivation ...


When Volunteers Disappoint
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team.
When Volunteers Disappoint
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Leadership is an unpredictable ship to navigate. We can’t sail the boat without a crew and we can’t always control the crew—let alone the wind and the waves! Maybe the real problems arise when we try to.

My husband and I have been leading long-term healing and ...


9 Reasons to Be Thankful for Moms in Ministry
The awkward, embarrassing, and hilarious truth about balancing motherhood and ministry.
9 Reasons to Be Thankful for Moms in Ministry
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When I think about mothers in ministry, I’m impressed by their gumption. One young mom I know leads worship at her church while her newborn daughter sleeps on her chest in a baby wrap. Another mom I know has her elementary-aged son tag along to her community service events, ...


8 Signs You Need to Say “No” More Often
From humorous to too-close-to-home
8 Signs You Need to Say “No” More Often
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Life comes at us fast. We want to be effective in our ministries, but sometimes helping and leading morphs into a mania of doing that piles so much on us that we forget who we are, and how we are called to live differently. As women, we put pressure on ourselves to succeed, ...


Working with a Team Means Better Care
Pooling expertise, wisdom, resources, and networks leads to better ministry.
Working with a Team Means Better Care
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"It's weird." These were not the words I wanted to hear from my son's pediatrician.

For weeks the good doctor had been trying to diagnose what was going on with my son. Lab tests, examinations, ultrasounds; my five-year-old had been given the full work-up. Now, ...


Band of Sisters
How I moved from a lone ranger to intentionally amplifying the work of other women leaders
Band of Sisters
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My first foray into ministry as vocation wasn’t with a church, but rather as a guest preacher and worship leader, filling the pulpit or leading worship for pastors who were away for a week. I referred to myself as the lone ranger. I’m not really a fan of the masked ...


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