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: 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…

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…

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…

How to Deal with Challenging Volunteers

By Karen Kogler Most volunteers are wonderful, self-giving people. But when one is a challenge, you not only can do something about it, you should! “Alice is wonderful with the kids in the church Nursery, but she’s late half the time and I have to cover until she shows up.…

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…

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…

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:…

Four Keys to Leading a Life-Changing Bible Study

By Sharla Fritz “I know you’ll do a great job! I have every confidence in you!” the pastor says with a smile as he turns toward his office. As you watch him walk away, you wonder how he was able to talk you into this. Me? Lead a Bible study?…