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We Are Better Together

August 25, 2014 8:00 AM

Are two heads really better than one? Does anything with two heads really resemble a monster? It all depends on how we look at it. English writer John Heywood actually coined "Two heads are better than one" in 1546....

We versus You

August 11, 2014 8:00 AM

I came to Christ through a parachurch organization as a teenager. Before that time, I had absolutely no church experience. I had attended Sunday school with a friend for a year when I was 9, but other than that,...

Turning a Blind Eye Is Not an Option

August 4, 2014 8:00 AM

Years ago when I served as an assistant prosecutor, I was approached by a few coworkers (on different occasions) who were working on cases where children were sexually abused by someone in the church. Prosecuting cases where children are...

A Safe Place to Break Down

July 28, 2014 8:00 AM

Simone Halpin is director of women's care, part of the women's ministry team at historic Moody Church in Chicago. She sat down with Gifted for Leadership to tell us about an inspiring new ministry to women escaping sex trafficking...

The Ministry of Orthography

July 21, 2014 8:00 AM

We hear it said often, "There's no "I" in team." Yes, that's a fact, but unfortunately some clichés are said so much they lose their power. We know team means working together effectively for the common good, a joint...

The Church Should Be a Hospital

June 5, 2014 8:00 AM

I remember hearing when I was a little girl that church was a "hospital." It was a place for people who were sick and for those who needed healing. I believe this concept was adapted from Jesus' words recorded...

How to Detox Your Leadership and Fuel Your Growth

May 21, 2014 5:00 AM

The mere mention of her name would bring back the knots in my shoulders and the twitch in my eye. I lay awake countless nights reliving our heated conversations. I kept beating myself up with the "what if" and...

Leading with Grace

May 15, 2014 8:00 AM

Noemi Saucedo Chavez is co-pastor of Seventh Street Church in Long Beach, California. She has a heart for women and the Latino church and is committed to raising up the next generation to serve their community and the future...

Raising Up Women for Ministry Leadership: Tales from the Trenches, Part 1

April 10, 2014 8:00 AM

Vulnerability. Transparency. Authenticity. Words so trail-blazing a scant decade ago are now on the verge of becoming little more than the latest ingredients in a cookie-cutter formula for producing modern-day Christian leaders. Why would I make such an audacious...

3 Temptations of Leadership: Envy

January 20, 2014 8:00 AM

Christian leaders struggle with all sorts of temptations. We fool ourselves if we think otherwise. It’s how we handle those temptations that determine whether or not lives will be destroyed. Often when we think of Christian leaders and their...

Youth Ministry Myths

October 14, 2013 8:00 AM

Today we’re chatting with Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture. Here this wise guide reveals who lasts in youth ministry, why a youth group might not be necessary, and the particular challenges women...

The Dangerous Mistake

January 17, 2013 8:00 AM

Leaders—whether in church ministry or the workplace—often speak of their “calling” as a time of realization, an ah-ha moment. We knew: this is what I was made to do. This is what God has called me to. I am called...

Chasing God

December 20, 2012 8:27 AM

When I was 18 years old, I felt paralyzed in my relationship with God. I knew God was real, but my fancy prayers and daily devotionals were not cutting it. I was doing everything right, but it felt all wrong....

Private World, Public World

December 6, 2012 9:29 AM

“Imagine if every thought that ever passed through your mind were projected up on a movie screen for all to see.” Ever hear a pastor bring up that idea in a discussion of sin? Me too—more than once. A...

Changing to Love Our Neighbors

November 29, 2012 2:12 PM

We were a pastoral-size church (150 or less in attendance on Sundays) seeking to grow and trying a programmatic model to do so. We felt pretty good about our “if we provide it, folks will come” method. Who wouldn’t...

We Can’t All Be Beth

November 26, 2012 8:00 AM

Nearly 10 years ago I sat in an Atlanta, Georgia, arena packed to the brim with college students. I was attending an annual conference hosted by Passion, and Beth Moore was about to take the stage. In case you...

Five People Who Need Your Prayer

November 21, 2012 2:38 PM

“My daughter’s in a rough place; can you pray for her?” says one Facebook message this week. The man with sad eyes at church stops me Sunday with a hand on my elbow. “Our marriage is in trouble. Will you...

Leadership Lessons from Bad Bosses

November 21, 2012 11:20 AM

We all know those leaders: the bosses we’ve had who’ve made us think, “How did they get to be where they are?” For more than 18 years, I worked for such leaders at two of Canada’s largest advertising agencies. After...

Out with the Old Women’s Ministry

November 15, 2012 2:04 PM

During the past decade, the landscape of key leadership positions within churches and non-profits has changed. The number of female senior pastors has doubled and there are more women than men leading non-profits. Sadly, a strange dichotomy is occurring...

The Second Chair

November 5, 2012 4:31 PM

Because Gifted for Leadership serves women in all kinds of church leadership roles, we have a great opportunity to learn from each other. I thought it would be helpful to occasionally highlight a leadership role and learn more about what...

How to Empower the Women in Your Church

November 1, 2012 11:28 AM

I am currently a student pursing a PhD in educational studies. I have a great passion for women in our churches, and I hope my research will one day serve them, so I love to share what I’m learning...

The Protégé Path

October 29, 2012 9:05 AM

Throughout history, if someone wanted to learn a particular skill, he or she would find a master or mentor to guide them. This person seeking to learn and grow is called a protégé. And like any skill or trade,...

Dealing with Toxic Staff

October 25, 2012 12:13 PM

I slumped on the bench in my church’s main hallway. The footsteps and voices all around me receded as I let the words that had just come to mind sink deep: “For just as each of us has one body...

Word War, Religious “Nones,” a Leap of Faith, and a Nobel Prize

October 18, 2012 2:30 PM

Consider these recent events and how they might affect your ministry. Book Controversy A Year of Biblical Womanhood, the new book in which popular Christian blogger and writer Rachel Held Evans charts her attempts to follow all the Bible’s instructions...

Leading Yourself

October 15, 2012 4:40 PM

You are a leader. A leader is defined simply as someone who guides or inspires others. You figure out where you and your team need to go and then you help them envision the future. You empower them to...

Please Lead. I Need You.

October 11, 2012 2:06 PM

Not long ago, I messed up something for a client. She emailed me about it and I emailed back an apology. And then I waited. I watched the clock tick. No response. I burned with stomach acid and shame....

Making the Most of Your Role

October 2, 2012 12:17 PM

Several years ago, I served as the treasurer of a small church. In this congregation, the treasurer was required to sit on the church’s governing board, which didn’t allow women. My husband, however, was on the board, so as a...

How Pride Destroys Leadership, Part 2

September 25, 2012 1:13 PM

How does one start with passion to serve Jesus, fearless, strong, and ready to take on large challenges, and have a heart of pride growing inside? It’s easier than you think. In Part 1 of this article, I mentioned...

How Pride Destroys Leadership, Part 1

September 20, 2012 10:25 AM

I was in my early twenties when I took my first ministry assignment. I soon experienced what I call quick fruit—favor and multiplication of my ministry. I had many offers for highly influential positions at a young age. For...

The Healthy Leader Quiz

August 16, 2012 11:03 AM

Guiding others has the potential to be one of the most exhilarating experiences in life. But too frequently, the joy found in leading others becomes suffocated underneath the pile of daily demands and due dates. The pressures leaders experience...

Working with Your Husband

August 2, 2012 10:58 AM

You and your husband work at the same church. How do your roles relate? I’m called Executive Pastor, and my husband, Kevin, is called Associate Rector. But basically, he serves in another executive pastoral role. It’s been a year...

I’m Not Controlling

July 19, 2012 8:13 AM

When I go into Starbucks, I want my order to be just right. I prefer that my latte be made with one percent milk, two shots of espresso, and two shots of vanilla. I like it low foam and...

We Are All Theologians

July 12, 2012 2:13 PM

Do you think of yourself as a theologian? When we hear the word theologian, we often we picture some older intellectual man—a professional academic sitting behind a desk piled with thick books in ancient languages. And there certainly are...

Everybody’s Friend, Nobody’s Leader

July 2, 2012 1:25 PM

Sharon and Tracy had worked extremely well together for many years. Both were surprised when Sharon was promoted, effectively leaving Tracy under her supervision. Sharon didn’t notice the initial subtle changes to the relationship, she was just so pleased...

Nice Girls Don't Ask

June 15, 2012 8:26 AM

Feeling underappreciated and overlooked, I decided to talk with my team leader. I'm embarrassed to tell you I allowed my frustration to fester for several weeks before I said a word. I didn't want to be "that" girl¬—whiny, needy, and...

Rise Up, Part 2

June 11, 2012 10:51 AM

As I mentioned in my previous post on Gifted for Leadership there’s a movement rising up within this generation of young adults. Among these young people are committed Christians who are determined to remain faithful to Jesus and make...

Rise Up, Part 1

June 6, 2012 1:48 PM

When you look at statistics about young adults, their faith, and the church, well, they don’t look pretty. More and more 20- and 30somethings are walking away from the faith of their childhood simply because they’ve yet to make...

Managing Conflict in a Church Setting

June 5, 2012 10:25 AM

Some of Jesus’ best known words promise, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Most of us prefer to focus on the second part of...

Donald Miller Told Me to Get a Good Life

May 31, 2012 2:21 PM

I’m a “Christian 20Something.” This means: I’m on my smart phone all the time, I talk to my friends more on Facebook than I do face to face, I tweet, I Instagram, and I complain. I am an expert...

When to Be Vulnerable

May 24, 2012 2:38 PM

Behind the veneer of spiritual leadership, some of us carry deep struggles or dark secrets: pain from past abuse, guilt over sin, or a sense of spiritual failure. Should we tell others about our struggles? If so, how? It...

Finding Contentment in Leadership

May 17, 2012 10:58 AM

Fresh out of college and full of hope, enthusiasm, and confidence, I was ready to change the world, one pimply teenager at a time. As the school year crawled by, the demands of teaching 125 high school students wore on...

7 Ways Women Sabotage Their Leadership, Part 2

April 30, 2012 12:06 PM

Over the years I have met many fantastic women leaders. I lean forward to hear their every word and am always grateful to spend a spare hour with them over a cup of coffee or on a walk. I...

7 Ways Women Sabotage Their Leadership, Part 1

April 26, 2012 2:15 PM

Over the years I have met many fantastic women leaders. I lean forward to hear their every word and am always grateful to spend a spare hour with them over a cup of coffee or on a walk. I...

The Titanic Need for Authentic Leaders

April 18, 2012 9:59 AM

Sometimes I’m embarrassed to admit that I would rather jam out to My Chemical Romance than contemporary Christian music. “His Banner over Me,” frankly, gives me heart palpitations. But “Welcome to the Black Parade”? Now that preaches. This may...

The Longings of a New Generation of Women

April 16, 2012 10:38 AM

In recent times, the Web has been alive with banter about our generation of women and why we feel discontent with women’s ministry. I believe our discontentment comes from a good place, though at times we can be a...

Bra Straps, Battery Packs, and Other Divine Accoutrements

April 12, 2012 1:33 PM

One Sunday before leading prayer in worship, it occurred to me that perhaps the most significant question of my entire ministry career was facing me that very morning. Standing in the sacristy (fancy word for room where the sacred...

The Surprising Cure for Lonely Leaders

April 10, 2012 1:53 PM

Leadership can be a lonely assignment, as a recent post here on Gifted for Leadership explored. By definition, leaders are often self-reliant and achievement-oriented. We can easily let tasks and strategy become more important than the people accomplishing those tasks...

Shoes that Fit

March 22, 2012 2:24 PM

“You did such a great job. I have big shoes to fill!” My words, meant to compliment, betrayed how intimidated I felt. My predecessor was as good a leader as her reputation boasted. As she slid the mantle of...

Collaborative Leadership

March 15, 2012 10:18 AM

The most efficient way to lead, if you want to be completely pragmatic about it, is via dictatorship. A system in which one person makes all the autonomous decisions is, at least for a while, the most efficient, the least...

I Can Just Do It Myself…But Should I?

March 8, 2012 1:39 PM

I am a control freak, like many women in ministry. When I began the women’s ministry at my sweet church, I tried to do everything on my own, for many reasons. I enjoyed every aspect of ministry, of building...

5 Types of Critics in Your Church

February 29, 2012 12:17 PM

No matter how far up the ladder of ministry you climb, you will always find those eager to analyze and judge your work. So how do you respond? Maybe whenever you see one of your critics coming, your palms begin...

Is It God’s Will?

February 23, 2012 12:23 PM

As a leader—of myself, of my children, of a ministry—I find no greater source of angst than making difficult decisions. I wonder and pray and talk with others about whether or not plan A or plan B or starting...

How Women Are Uniquely Gifted for Leadership

February 15, 2012 9:38 AM

As I duck out of sight of the gathering congregation, the church’s AV guy hands me a clip-on microphone. Patting myself around the waist and hip region, what I already know will be the case is confirmed: my lady...

Leadership, the AA Way

February 1, 2012 9:50 AM

I used to think Alcoholics Anonymous was all stale prayers and smoky church basements. I considered myself a distant admirer of the program, but even as a counselor, I didn’t want to get too close. AA was a good...

Why Strong Women Don’t Get Respect

December 21, 2011 10:46 AM

“Must be my hormones again.” “Oh, it’s just estrogen.” “I’m just a chick with a bad thyroid.” These are the kinds of things I hear women in high-profile positions say about themselves—and by extension, about all women. Recently, a...

4 Creative Ways to Thank Volunteers

December 21, 2011 10:18 AM

’Tis the season—the season when church leaders and volunteers feel the squeeze of work and family life. From Christmas cards to gift wrapping to party planning, Christmas adds a new dimension to our already hectic lives. And then there’s...

How Did Jesus Teach?

December 1, 2011 11:12 AM

Recently, a friend shared a conversation she’d had with another woman in leadership. “All she talked about is how no one will support her preaching, and how she’s having a hard time getting ordained. Not once did she talk about...

4 Ways to Prevent Unintentional Gossip

November 21, 2011 3:46 PM

Sometimes I’m taken aback by how much gossip has become an acceptable part of our culture. Whether it’s learning the 411 on the celebrity of the hour or following the latest political gossip on Twitter, it’s hard to turn on...

Embracing Weakness

November 10, 2011 8:42 AM

Christian leaders love to talk about strengths. Want proof? Just ask your pastor to list her spiritual gifts, talk about his areas of passion, or tell you her Myers-Briggs profile (any other ENTJ’s out there?). You’re sure to get an...

The Cure for Influence-itis

October 19, 2011 4:00 PM

“I understand how to tell people that I can’t meet with them soon,” I said to my pastor over coffee several years ago, “but how can I possibly tell them I can’t meet with them ever?” I was experiencing my...

Leading Absent

August 8, 2011 8:00 AM

"The test of your leadership is not what happens when you're there, but what happens when you're NOT there." Ken Blanchard Just reading that quote makes me a bit anxious. How about you? Have you ever found yourself creating exhaustive...

5 Things I’ve Learned in Ministry

August 2, 2011 3:27 PM

Next month marks my one year anniversary of working in paid ministry. It's been a year full of joy, surprises, and challenges of all kinds. Here are five things I've learned in my rookie year: 1. If it was easy,...

And Then There Were None

July 19, 2011 7:48 AM

Groups. We’ve all been in one where the numbers keep whittling down until it’s just you and the leader left. When you’re the one leading, what do you do if people start leaving yours?...

Leading in the Midst of Woundedness

May 4, 2011 3:09 PM

I am not sure the North American church in general does the right thing on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Then again, I don’t always attend church on these feel-good holidays because frankly, they don’t make me feel so good....

Harnessing Our Humanity

April 27, 2011 1:24 PM

Have you ever led a small group in which the following type of scenario took place? You’re excited because you invited a new person to your small group—perhaps a young co-worker or a student you met on campus—and this...

Chasing after Glory

April 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Eleven months ago I stepped out of full-time ministry to give birth to my first child. After working for nine years as a pastor and one year as a hospital chaplain, I knew the transition from ministry to motherhood would...

"What You Are Doing Is Not Good"

April 13, 2011 12:00 PM

“What you are doing is not good.” Has anyone ever said that to you? For a performance-based, people-pleaser like me, those words were painful to hear—even though they were told in love—because they were true. Now I know how Moses...

How I Won the West

February 3, 2011 1:50 PM

A couple of summers ago while my husband and I were in Las Vegas, we decided to enjoy a bit of the great outdoors. This is not uncommon for us. We love the thrill of exploring new places! On this...

Getting on God's Agenda

January 16, 2011 11:06 AM

I began my career working for a large secular corporation. In those days I had very little positional influence. I was at the bottom of the ladder trying to climb my way to the top just like every other poor...

Evening the Playing Field?

July 28, 2009 2:58 PM

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had about three instances where someone has brought up Eve and her knack for being "easily deceived." In two of the cases, it was brought up in a way that made the people...

A Picture of Love and Leadership

April 10, 2009 2:30 PM

This morning I read through John 19. Typical Good Friday reading since it tells the story of the sentencing and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Of course, I've read this passage a zillion times before, but this morning, I had this...

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