Trish Kagerbauer Enjoys WLI National Conferences

Trish Kagerbauer I’ve been to all of the National Conferences and have really enjoyed them. This group of ladies…as much as we enjoy chocolate and flowers and the occasional cocktail…likes our “meaty” Christian leadership and training as well! Learn more about WLI and all we have to offer by exploring…

WLI Has Greatly Influenced the Life and Faith of Martha Fritz

MARTHA FRITZ I have attended two WLI conferences, one at Concordia University Wisconsin, and another at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Initially I was asked to take photos at the conference at CUW, but I ended up attending sessions as well. When I heard that a group of women from CUW…

Meet Brianna Neumeyer, 2016 Streufert Award Recipient

The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Brianna Neumeyer. The Streufert Award recognizes one or more female students at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) whom have demonstrated exceptional and/or unusual servant leadership as demonstrated…

How to Ripen Your Fruits of the Spirit for Effective Leadership

By Marge Franzen Have you ever savored a home-grown tomato? Watched it grow in your backyard? That small, hard green tomato grows into an appetizing, ripe fruit because it stays connected to the plant. If the green tomato ever falls off the vine, it never develops. Jesus uses the picture of…

How to Share Jesus with People of Other Cultures

By Marilyn McClure Imagine wandering around in a foreign country on a rainy night, not knowing where you are going, not even knowing how to speak the local language. This is exactly what happened in 1970 when my husband Garry and I were sent to learn Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico, so…

Effectively Leading Volunteers

Organizing a project can be exciting. Blazing a new trail of ministry can be exhilarating. But that energy may dissipate when struggling to manage teams of volunteers. Frustration mounts when those who have committed their time drift away to other priorities or fail to follow through on their commitments. What…

Servant Leadership: Motivating Volunteers

“He called the crowd to him along with His disciples and said, “If anyone would follow after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) Leading volunteers often comes with a cost. You are asking busy people to add another commitment to their…

Servant Leadership: Recruiting Volunteers

“Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvests, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest fields.” (Matthew 9:37-38) Have you ever wondered how Jesus was so successful at making disciples who followed Him to the cross?…

Learn From the Experts: Leading a Bible Study: Part 2

This is part 2 of learning from the experts on leading a Bible study. The experts are Donna Streufert, founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute and Deb Burma, author of the Bible study, Living a Chocolate Life (CPH) To access Part 1 of this series, click here. WHAT DO YOU…

Learn From the Experts: Leading a Bible Study: Part 1

A BIBLE STUDY can be enjoyable and exciting. But it can also be complicated and challenging. To help leaders, both new and experienced, we asked two seasoned experts on how they handle this leadership role. Donna Streufert is the founder of Women’s Leadership Institute. She is the wife of Pastor…

Adult Learning Styles: What Do They Mean For Bible Study Leadership?

How do you learn best? By listening to others speak? By reading and writing? Through a hands-on activity? Each of us has a preferred method of learning (notice that it’s a preferred method and not the correct method) and that can create a paradox for us as Bible study leaders.…

Christian Leadership: Start and End with Service

By Nancy Stoehr, Pharm.D. "Come, O living Christ, renew us As of old in wind and flame; With the Spirit’s power endue us, Servants of Your saving name: Christ the Savior, Christ the Servant, Christ whose kingdom we proclaim." ~ Lutheran Service Book, Christ, Our Human Likeness Sharing Saint Louis:…

Saying “Yes” To Leadership

By Mary Washko Denham “Will you be on the Parent-Teacher League Board?” “Will you help on the Capital Campaign committee?” “Could you teach a class for Vacation Bible School or Sunday School?” “Would you run for President and/or Secretary-Treasurer of our Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Zone?” “Can you give a…

How to Influence Others Without Saying A Word: A Skill-Building Drama about Mary of Bethany

MARY OF BETHANY: A WOMAN OF INFLUENCE By Donna J. Streufert LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE. Exemplary leadership is influence worthy of being imitated. Throughout Scripture we can find stunning examples of exemplary leadership. One example in the New Testament reveals a woman who speaks not one word, yet by the power…