Six Things to do if You Become Unemployed

by Dale Kreienkamp Even in a good economy, over 20 million people will lose their job this year through a discharge or layoff.  The decision won’t be theirs. You just received word you’re one of those who has lost your job. It doesn’t matter why, or whether you saw it coming,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

God is the Writer – You Are His Book

Overcoming Writer's Anxiety through a study of 2 Corinthians 3:3 by Elise Arndt   Verba volant, scripta manent is a Latin proverb. Literally translated, it means "spoken words fly away, written words remain".  If that is true, what a motivation for us to write the amazing things God has done.  We are his “letters” written…

Be Energized by GEMS

God + Exercise + Meals + Sleep = An energized YOU! Read on for tips from Karen Sue Hinz Murdy on how to apply this recipe to equip yourself with energy for leadership: As I pondered the words of advice I wanted to write for my eldest son heading off…

Three Creative Ways to Outline a Life-Changing Presentation

Outline. When you hear that word, you probably groan and think of English 101 in high school. Just how were you supposed to place those capital letters and Roman numerals? Don’t worry—outlining a life-changing presentation isn’t about perfecting the mechanics of outlining. It’s about organizing your information in a way…

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…

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…