Ladies Who Lunch—with Men
Do your coworkers follow the Billy Graham Rule?
Ladies Who Lunch—with Men

Four months into a new ministry position (not in the church I currently serve), I reached out to my colleague. “Let’s grab lunch someday,” I suggested. Other staff seemed to come and go freely from meals and meetings, swapping ideas, covering ground together. ...


The Truth About Sexism in the Church
And how to keep it from breaking you down.
The Truth About Sexism in the Church

The truth about sexism in the church needs to be heard, it needs to be told, and it needs to be called out. It should be devastating that you will experience sexism when it comes to your call to ministry. It should be devastating that the one institution on which you depend ...


Preaching in the Midst of Tragedy
In four years of pastoral ministry, I’ve had to preach through four national tragedies.
Preaching in the Midst of Tragedy

Moments before Sunday service, I received a knock on the door of my study. An usher peeked her head around the door and said, "Your father wanted me to give you this message: After you left for church the news report revealed that the death toll has risen from 20 to 50.” ...


Wounded Leaders Wound Others
The negative effects of leading with unmet intimacy needs.
Wounded Leaders Wound Others

A life-giving leader understands the difference between being led by the Spirit of God and being driven out of an unmet need. A ministry or church that is personality-driven is usually led by a person who has a deep need for approval stemming from a fear of failure and rejection. ...


How to Get People to Respect Your Leadership
Start by making a believer of yourself.
How to Get People to Respect Your Leadership

You go home and flop on the couch, feeling the tension that has built in your body. Another day of frustration and indignity, fighting to be heard and recognized, all while wondering why you have to work so hard to be taken seriously.

Do you wish others would accept you and respect ...


Bravely Live Out Your Calling
Joan of Arc is a prophetic witness for us all.
Bravely Live Out Your Calling
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Despite all odds, an illiterate French woman born more than 500 years ago redefined bravery and contributed to the rise of King Charles. Jehanne, or, as she is now known, Joan of Arc, radically impacted European history and has inspired men, women, and children for generations. ...


What Do You Do in Your Spare Time?
If you laugh at that question, you’re doing ministry wrong.
What Do You Do in Your Spare Time?

A couple of weeks ago, I sat with a friend on my couch, a steaming pot of peppermint loose leaf tea on the coffee table in front of us. It was our first meeting as mentor and mentee.

“So,” I asked her, “what do you do in your spare time?” She looked at ...


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