2015

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Leadership Without a Title

We can learn from the influential life of Sarah Edwards.
Leadership Without a Title

How would you exercise spiritual leadership if you weren’t allowed to be employed by a church, teach publicly, or attend seminary?

Sarah Edwards (1710–1758), wife of famous colonial pastor Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), lived with all these restrictions, yet they didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most spiritually influential women in her ...

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Communicate to Both Women and Men

Should we change our delivery so we’ll be heard?
Communicate to Both Women and Men

In her landmark book, You Just Don’t Understand, linguist and researcher Deborah Tannen, noted that women tend to use communication to connect and emphasize common ground, even from a young age. Men, on the other hand, more often use communication to compete, to assert their authority. Whether these traits are inborn or simply learned at a very young age, the fact is ...

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My Burnout Led to a Breakthrough

A difficult family situation led me to my true calling.
My Burnout Led to a Breakthrough

My brother’s car sped off down the street. The police officer jumped into his vehicle in pursuit. What started off as a suicide intervention had quickly turned into a high speed car chase. As I sat in shock in the first squad car chasing my brother, our speeds increasing to 80 miles an hour, all I could do was pray. Miraculously, the chase ended without any physical ...

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The Cost of Caring

How to avoid compassion fatigue as you care for others
The Cost of Caring

Fatigued from a sleepless night of worry, I sat frozen, staring at a list of unanswered emails. I had been coming alongside a woman in my ministry, and her email subject lines had increased in intensity over the week from “Can you help?” to “I’m hurting!” Suddenly, her one word text—CRISIS—dinged on my phone, and I burst into tears. ...

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My Difficult Past Makes Me a Better Leader

The very things I saw as weaknesses, I now see as strengths.
My Difficult Past Makes Me a Better Leader
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I once saw my past as a liability. I thought I had the wrong upbringing, the wrong ethnicity, and even the wrong sex. But God had a different plan.

Starting at the age of 8, I walked a mile with my little sister and brother to our little country church, tip-toeing past the house with the two menacing German shepherds on the porch. Although my parents never took us to ...

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The Power of Leading by Influence

What I’m learning as Executive Pastor of Willow Creek
The Power of Leading by Influence

Two years ago, Heather Larson stepped into the executive pastor role at Willow Creek—what Bill Hybels describes as the number two position in the church. But the truth is she’d been leading and building the church alongside Hybels long before she ever got the matching title. As executive pastor, Larson leads the executive team and leadership team of the church ...

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Technology Has Changed My Role as Pastor

In 13 years, our church plant has transformed.
Technology Has Changed My Role as Pastor

This week, in conjunction with the most recent issue of Leadership Journal, which explores the state of the pastorate, we're featuring two articles by pastors answering one question: what is the current state of your pastorate? Click here to see all the articles in this series.

What’s the state of your pastorate? Let us know online through tweets, blogs, drawings, ...

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Three Reasons Women Go to Seminary

I asked women across the country: Why are you here?
Three Reasons Women Go to Seminary
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A little over a year ago, I sat down with women at three evangelical seminaries across the country, and posed this question: Why are you here? I quickly learned I wasn’t the first to ask.

Over half the women I interviewed said they’d been asked, “Why are you here?”—more or less verbatim—by at least one of their male classmates. Some ...

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Six Tips to Stay in Ministry for the Long Haul

In my 15 years of ministry, I've seen too many women come and go.
Six Tips to Stay in Ministry for the Long Haul
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During my first year of campus ministry, a senior minister told me that the average tenure for women is three years. I have observed this to be true. Many young women have a passion to serve in ministry, and do so wholeheartedly and effectively, but few last more than five years.

I’m currently in my 15th year. I was made for kingdom work, and I love pouring into college ...

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The State of Female Pastors

Despite less than groundbreaking numbers, there’s change in the air.
The State of Female Pastors

Female leadership is on the rise in many churches, which has ignited further discussion on the subject. While female ordination is supported by denominations such as American Baptist, Presbyterian USA, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Roman Catholic Church and the large Southern Baptist denomination remain stiffly against female ordination.

According to a ...

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