Preparing to Leave a Church You Love
Even when you know it’s time to move on, you’ll likely face mixed emotions.
Preparing to Leave a Church You Love
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Leaders don’t always get to stay where they want; sometimes they need to go where they’re called. This means that we may find ourselves leaving churches we love in order to see the plans of God unfold.

We left our local church two years ago—a church we served, ...


My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
How could I know if ordination was the right step for me?
My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
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“Just call me Dad.” That was the answer I always got as a child anytime I asked my dad about his job. I knew he worked at a Christian publishing company, but I didn’t really know what he did every day. “Just call me Dad” was enough to quiet my curiosity ...


Ministry Marriages
Learn to appreciate each other’s gifts for a healthy ministry and marriage.
Ministry Marriages
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Marriages in the body of Christ are burning to the ground—and that includes the marriages of Christian leaders. Is it hopeless? Does God have a plan for our marriages, or will the devil continue to make so many of our ministry marriages look like reality TV? Ministry marriages ...


What Are You Leading People to Expect from Jesus?
God may not be interested in satisfying every one of our desires.
What Are You Leading People to Expect from Jesus?
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I was away from home with my husband and children, celebrating Christmas with extended family. Before the big family gathering on Christmas Eve, we attended an area church service. The focus of the service was on the ways Jesus’ birth had disrupted the lives of specific ...


How to Honor Singles in Your Church
Singles need space for grieving and celebration—and the church can offer both.
How to Honor Singles in Your Church
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One of the most popular topics on WomenLeaders.com in the past year has been singleness, so we sat down with Joy Beth Smith, author of Party of One (Thomas Nelson, 2018) to learn how the church can better serve singles, and how her research applies to single women in ministry. ...


Take Time for Breath Prayer
This simple meditative prayer can bring big transformation.
Take Time for Breath Prayer
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The act of breathing is an amazing and miraculous process. It is an involuntary process that our bodies engage in independently from conscious volition. Being connected to our breath is intimate; our very lives depend on breathing regularly and yet, for the most part, we often ...


There's Something in the Water
How second-generation gender bias makes it difficult for women leaders to thrive
There's Something in the Water
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A few years ago, my husband and I moved from Missouri to Idaho to pastor a church. Having spent approximately 48 hours of my life in the state—and only for the interview process—I fully expected Idaho to be true to the stereotype: potato fields as far the eye could ...


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