WLI Launches New Courses

WLI is excited to annouce the launch of a new three-part course series with it's very own WLI Speaker Susan Marshall! Join Susan as she discusses Confidence . In this three-part series, she begins by defining what confidence is, and then helps us understand how important critical thinking is to our confidence.…

WLI Leaders Plan for Future

WLI Leaders recently met for a weekend of vision discovery and forward thinking with Kurt Bickel from Cornerstone Consulting. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about new programs, online courses, and leadership courses! Photo from L to R: Front Row: Katy Shields, WLI Director Darcy Paape, Cacia Speckhard Back Row: Rev.…

2018 Streufert Award Nominees

The Women's Leadership is blessed to recognize fourteen of this year's Donna J. Streufert Women's Leadership award nominees in chapel this morning. What an amazing bunch of talented servant leaders. Thank you for letting your light shine in amazing ways, we are cheering you on to even greater feats. Christina…

Meet Christina Erdmann, 2018 Streufert Award Recipient

The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2018 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Christina Erdmann. 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…

The Best of Times….The Worst of Times

by Karen Sue Hinz Murdy “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins “A Tale of Two Cities”. Since my high schooler was reading this classic story, I decided to read it, too. I love the way Charles Dickens masterfully creates contrasts. “It was the…

The Real You Revealed: Realize Your Identity in Christ

by Dr. Tammy Ferry It happened about 3 years ago while we were in Spain. On the last night of our trip, after doing some wonderful sightseeing in Madrid, we headed to our rental car. The moment we opened the car door we sensed something was wrong.  My heart sank…

My Story of Visual Faith

by Pat Maier In November of 2012, God blessed me with a new friend. I met Connie Denninger at a church leaders’ conference. Being the wives of the leaders attending, we made plans to meet for conversation. That’s when I saw her Bible….. Connie’s Bible was fat and full of…

Where Are You Looking? How Shifting Your Gaze Can Reduce Your Stress

by Amy Meyer Did you know that WHERE you gaze affects HOW you view your problems? It matters where you look.  Are your eyes cast down and looking at yourself, your problems, your wants and needs? Are your eyes fixed on your worries, on what is missing, or what you…

Meet Katelyn Schneider, 2017 Streufert Award Recipient

The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Katelyn Schneider. 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…

Leading in Blue Jeans: Dressing for Success in God’s Eyes

by Allison Baltzersen How we define success and who we are seeking to impress dictates how we dress as a leader. I recently attended a WLI event in which I was surrounded by other leaders from a variety of professions.  I noticed quickly that they were dressed up.  Like dry-clean-only…

Christian Women in Leadership: Gloria Nelund

Gloria Nelund has been blessed with a life characterized by great success is business and constant, faithful service to her Lord with her God-given talents and abilities. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what…

Christian Women in Leadership: Rachel Morton

For Rachel Morton, an important part of being a Christian leader is recognizing our own fallibility and need for God’s grace as we lead others in Christian love. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And…

Christian Women in Leadership: Linda Maris

According to Linda Maris, we need two things to make us good Christian leaders: to understand ourselves as unique creations of God and to rely on Him guide us through the right path. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does…

Christian Women in Leadership: Connie Denninger

For Connie Denninger, being a Christian leader is all about taking every opportunity to assist others on their journey and approaching new tasks with authenticity and humility. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what…

Christian Women in Leadership: Gretchen Jameson

Gretchen Jameson strives to live a life fully immersed in her Christian identity so whether she is leading or taking the lead, she is guided by God’s work in her life. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith…

Christian Women in Leadership: Wendysue Fluegge

Wendysue Fluegge is a Christian musician who in all things strives for confidence, humility, and a connection to God’s Word.  Read on... What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two together?…

Intentional Influence through Writing

by Peggy Kuethe Words are transformative. Recall Genesis 1 when God spoke the universe into existence, and Genesis 3:15 when He spoke the promise of a Redeemer. Recall John 2:1-11, when Jesus spoke the water into wine and 1 Peter 1:3 where He gives us new life in Him. God’s…

Christian Women in Leadership: Peggy Kuethe

For Peggy Kuethe, Christian leadership is all about keeping Christ at the core of all she does. Read on…. What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two together? Peggy Kuethe is…

Christian Women in Leadership: Dr. Tamara Ferry

Dr. Tamara Ferry works each day to educate Christian leaders by helping them serve with the gifts God has given them. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two…

Christian Women in Leadership: Janelle Fuhrmann

Janelle Fuhrmann’s leadership style stems from this idea: Don’t be afraid to live out your Christian faith in the workplace. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two together?…

Being an Assertive Christian Woman

By Ruth Koch Sometimes it seems like life is uphill all the way.  Someone is rude to you, verbally abusive, takes advantage of you—whatever—and you, being raised as many women are, to ‘make nice,’ just don’t know how to handle the situation.  If you make a big effort to ‘make…

Living as a Deployed Digital Missioner

by Connie Denninger—Visual Faith Ministries Social media tools have become a part of our everyday life. How do we create the time and space for engagement that makes sense with all the things that juggle for our time? Part of the plan is to understand the niche for the story…

Workplace Connections: The Blessings and Challenges of Being a Millennial and Working With One

By Rachel Morton & Rebekah Karolus Generational studies are all the rage right now. Over the past five years in particular, people have spent a lot of time speculating about the differences between generations and what impact those differences have on social, economic, and religious levels. At the moment, one…

Conflict – Something Happened, Now What?

by George McAllen Conflict is a topic that scares many people and as a result of this fear they do their best to avoid it.  Unfortunately, because many avoid conflict, they aren’t very good at it and then spend a significant amount of time thinking about the conflict after it…

Business as a Calling

By Gloria Nelund If you’ve ever had feelings of insecurity or doubt, times of wondering what your life is about, or questions about what to do next, please know that you are not alone. Life can be challenging, and it is only with a solid foundation in the Word of…

Christian Women in Leadership: Sarah Guldalian

Sarah Guldalian is a champion of integrity and interpersonal relationships in her journey as a Christian leader. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two together? To find out,…

Christian Women in Leadership: Susan Marshall

Susan Marshall has one piece of advice for Christian leaders in a secular world: stay true to God’s Word. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two together? To…

Living a Life of Radical Influence

by Gretchen Jameson “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”  ~ Modern Parable Well that certainly sets up a particular worldview, doesn’t it? As parables go, this pithy, pointed phrase coined sometime around 2000 (or so a quick Wikipedia search says) provokes a certain sense of ferocious…

Christian Women in Leadership: Pat Maier

Pat Maier’s leadership style is characterized by humility and servanthood—with a dose of fun! Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two together? Patricia Maier has worked as a…

Christian Women in Leadership: Linda Arnold

How do you incorporate Christian values in a secular setting? Linda Arnold, current chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute, answers that question for us. Linda is on the nursing faculty at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. She has Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, plus Lay…

Christian Women in Leadership: Deb Burma

How do we as Christian women use our God-given gifts in leadership roles? Deb Burma, best known as a Christian speaker and author, gives us some helpful information that answers that question. Deb has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas. She has…

Conquering Nervousness to Unleash your Full Speaking Power

by Sarah Holtan, Ph.D. Do you like to talk? If so, then you possess the potential to become a dynamic public speaker. It’s true! Yet, you might find that your nerves steal your power. When we feel threatened, our bodies typically react in one of three ways: flight, freeze, or…

Four Ways to Beat Burnout

by Gretchen Huesmann Tired. Weary. Exhausted.  Sometimes we’re just having a busy day. At other times, we experience seasons of hard work and long hours. Unfortunately, not all labor produces obvious fruit and we can feel like we’re spinning our wheels, a common feeling in ministry. Obviously, if our path…

Christian Women in Leadership: Sarah Holtan

The secrets to Sarah Holtan's leadership success: Integrity, citizenship and the Dream Team. Read on... What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what happens when you put the two together? To find out, we caught up with…

Attending WLI Workshops gave Katelyn Schneider Confidence to Lead Nursing Home Ministry Program

Katelyn Schneider As I reflect on the last three years of my college experience and growing leadership skills, I feel the culmination of many small teaching moments have been molding my character little by little to form a steadfast servant for Christ. Servant leadership is a concept I’ve immensely matured…

An Attitude of Gratitude – In Leadership and in Life

by Deb Burma Today is a new day, and we have all kinds of expectations for it, don’t we? We’d like to think that our tasks will be completed with ease, our relationships will thrive, our health will be optimum, and all will be well. We’d like to envision the…

Four Prayers that Jesus Loves to Answer “Yes!”

By Dr. Linda Borecki When circumstances are difficult my usual prayer is for rescue out of the problem!   Whether for myself or for others, I often pray that God would lessen the burden or give help to escape the crisis. Sometimes the answer is “yes.” But sometimes God allows the…

Leadership and Limitations

By Heather Choate Davis As women we often fall into the trap of viewing the world from the outside in. We see jobs we’re prohibited from, positions we are never seriously considered for, and levels of authority to which we don’t seem to be allowed to rise. We see men…

Stretched vs. Stressed: What’s the Difference and why does it Matter for Leaders?

by Sarah Holtan, Ph.D. “How do you do it all?” I’m asked regularly by friends and colleagues. My answer: “I don’t.” I watch their eyes get round and their eyebrows shoot up. They know I’m the solo parent of two young children, a full-time employee, and hold numerous other roles.…

Jesus Said So – Trusting When it Doesn’t Make Sense To

By Karen Lippert Learn how to make sense of nonsensical situations by taking Peter's lead when he obediently trusted Jesus despite it defying human logic ... One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw…