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…

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…

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…

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…

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 with…

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…

Attending a WLI Conference Created a Networking Opportunity for Emily Marciniak

Emily Marciniak I attended my first WLI conference in September 2015 at Concordia University Ann Arbor. I wasn't too familiar with WLI at that time so I did not know what to expect. The conference ended up being more than I could have ever wanted, I had the opportunity to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Meet Kristen Struyk, 2015 Streufert Award Recipient

Strength of character, compassion and determination. These qualities impressed WLI’s selection committee and led them to select Concordia University Wisconsin student, Kristen Struyk, as the 2015 recipient of the Donna J. Streufert Women’s Leadership Award. The award and a cash scholarship benefit young women in recognition of dedicated and innovative…