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Shut Up and Show Up

July 17, 2014 8:00 AM

My husband and I couldn't eat or sleep. We couldn't think clearly enough to work and yet couldn't imagine being home with the walls caving in around us. We had cried until we were surprised there were any tears...

What Did I Expect?

June 30, 2014 8:00 AM

He didn't say, "Take up your sofa, the really light comfy one, and follow me." He also didn't say, "Click 'like' and follow my entertaining tweets from the comfort of your own home." Just like he didn't say, "Here's...

Find a Spiritual Mentor

May 19, 2014 8:00 AM

I recently watched a movie called Chasing Mavericks. It was about a young man who wanted to surf one of the biggest waves in the world. He approached an experienced surfer in his town to coach him. The coach...

Sometimes Ministry Happens at Home

May 5, 2014 8:00 AM

I wasn't ready for it. After all, she's only just turned 8. And what 8-year-old do you know who's called an after-dinner meeting to tell you gently but categorically that "it's just not working anymore"? That she "can't stand...

Equipping Women for Ministry

March 27, 2014 8:00 AM

Tell us about your role at Dallas Theological Seminary. I've been there full time about 10 years now. That's been a wild and crazy journey, something I never, ever expected. When I got my doctorate, I didn't ever think...

On Taking the New Guy to Lunch

March 17, 2014 8:00 AM

I have great sympathy for the new hires at our church. Our building is a maze of classrooms and closets, navigating IT takes a decade, and recalling names of all our staff is a bit numbing. It’s a big,...

You Are the Missing Link in Your Ministry

March 6, 2014 8:00 AM

You spend hours in planning meetings, trying to put together wonderful events for the women in your church with the hope of helping them live productive Christian lives. Yet time and again, they don’t show up. Your leaders have...

When Men Misinterpret Pastoral Care

November 11, 2013 8:00 AM

They met at a professional conference. Valerie was a young pastor, and Charlie was a recent college graduate interning with a campus ministry organization. He mentioned that he was discerning a call to ministry, so Valerie engaged him in...

Establishing and Navigating Relational Boundaries

October 10, 2013 8:00 AM

One of the oft-overlooked components of successful leadership is the thoughtful establishment of clear expectations and boundaries regarding our availability to those we lead. After 20 years, I have come to understand that the more intentionality we bring to...

Real Pastors’ Wives

July 8, 2013 8:00 AM

Flipping through TV channels, we can see shows like The Housewives of Wherever, depicting women as backbiting, gossiping liars with a proclivity toward physical altercations. Now more than ever, women in church leadership have an opportunity to model healthy...

Get Thee a Sisterhood, Part 1

March 21, 2013 10:58 AM

Even though I expected this question, my heart felt as if it would beat right out of my chest. I stood before the group who would either affirm or confirm my “outer call” to ministry, as we Reformed-tradition folks say....

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...

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...

Who Wants Mentoring?

July 19, 2012 8:19 AM

After teaching Bible study for more than 10 years, I noticed that the Christian women who attended often did not live any differently than the women who never cracked open a Bible. I struggled while trying to figure out the...

Tiresome, Taxing, and Toxic Situations in Ministry

July 9, 2012 2:01 PM

Maybe you’ve heard the common expression, “church is a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints.” If you got into ministry thinking that the church is a utopia inhabited by “good Christian people” and free of inappropriate sexual...

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...

Lonely Leadership

January 12, 2012 9:42 AM

I walked off the stage, the title to my presentation—Community in Leadership—in bold at the top of my speaking notes. I had just spent 40 minutes convincing women leaders of the power and importance of being intimately involved in...

Trouble with Authority

July 20, 2011 4:55 PM

It didn’t take long to face opposition once I started a career in ministry. Of course, I had a lot of strikes against me from the start. First of all, I was young, fresh out of college, and in my...

Rest

June 13, 2011 8:00 AM

As Christians, we live in a performance-based culture that measures success according to how much you can cram into your life. The more you do, the more you're doing, so to speak. This mentality has, by and large, infiltrated the...

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