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Book Reviews, Encouragement September 16, 2014

Messy Beautiful Ministry

I felt like a fraud.

A big, fat fraud.

Messy Beautiful Ministry - Encouragement for Women's Ministry leaders.

God had recently promoted me from the MOPS Coordinator to the position of Women’s Ministry Director.

I wanted the women in our church to see me as a woman of prayer, relentlessly pursuing God, seeking His will and direction for our events and activities.

I was a hard worker and proud of it.

Truth was I was barely holding it together.

I was putting on a big smile each time I walked through the church doors.

Much like the Wizard of Oz, it was all a big show.

Pull back the curtain and you would have seen that my marriage was in big trouble.

God had brought me to the place where I had to come face to face with the fact that I had put my children and my ministry before my marriage.

I was so busy serving and doing, and honestly loving it, that I had not realized that I was neglecting my husband and our marriage.

When the opportunity came up recently for me to review Darlene Schacht’s (the Time Warp-Wife) new book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages, I knew I had to do it.

If you are a married woman serving in Women’s Ministry (as most of us are) you have a responsibility to protect and preserve your marriage.

Satan would love nothing more than to bring your marriage and your ministry down.

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Even if your marriage is not currently under attack, I urge you to put on your armor and stand ready to fight.

Safeguard your marriage. Check in regularly with your spouse to make sure serving hasn’t overtaken your role as wife.

And if you’re in a difficult place, find a trusted (female) mentor to pray for you. I found it to be tremendously helpful to be honest and real with one trusted woman.

No matter the current state of your marriage, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages. As you read it ask God to open your eyes to areas where you need to step it up.

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I would love to have you join me in praying for our fellow leaders who are struggling. Would you consider leaving a prayer for their marriage in the comments section below?

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You may also want to read:

Ten Tips for Surviving a Crazy Women’s Ministry Week
11 Time Savers for Busy Women’s Ministry Leaders
Letting Go of Perfect


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Book Reviews, Training January 21, 2014

Book Review: Clout

 

Book Review CLOUT

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Girls, I am super excited to recommend a brand new book on leadership to you today! One lucky reader will even win their very own copy (details below).  Giveaway is over – sorry!

One of my goals this year is to read books on leadership, both for my growth and for the purpose of sharing great resources with my readers.

You are going to want to get a copy of this book!  🙂

Title: Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence

Author: Jenni Catron

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pages: 224

A peak into the pages:

A self-proclaimed “leadership junkie,” Jenni Catron spends her days serving as the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, a 10-year old multi-site church. She leads the staff of Cross Point and oversees the ministry of its multiple campuses. Prior to joining the staff of Cross Point, she worked as Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry for 9 years. Clout is her second book.

Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence is divided into 2 distinct parts. Part 1 walks readers through seven clout killers (among them fear, jealousy, insecurity, and control). Part 2 explores four “clout cultivators” providing the reader with practical advice and actions to take which will help the reader to unleash their God-given influence.

Discovery Steps at the end of each chapter ends allow the reader to reflect and apply that chapter’s content.  Whether you think you deal with an issue or not, Jenni poses questions which cause you to dig deep to unveil the state of your heart. I found the Discovery Steps unveiled some issues I didn’t even know I needed to deal with. Ouch.

That being said, some might feel this book should come with a box of Band-Aids – you’re going to get your toes stepped on repeatedly. Come prayed up and prepared to attack the enemies head on that limit your God-given influence.

Biblical examples throughout the book remind us that we are not alone in our struggles. Jenni shares (sometimes) painstakingly honest examples from her own life to shed light on challenging areas in our own.

I found it most helpful to break it down and read just one chapter at a time, letting the thoughts, ideas, and information marinate.

Favorite quotes:

Chapter 4: One of the most important lessons we have to learn about unleashing our God-given influence is that it is not simply for our benefit. It is for God’s plan and purpose to be accomplished through us for the blessing of others.

Chapter 4: Generous leaders are contagious. Generosity multiplies our clout.

Chapter 7: Leaders who overcome the clout killer of control create cultures where peace and patience are prevalent. They foster confidence and competence rather than anxiety and frenzy. When leaders display not only trust in God but also trust in their team, they inspire faith.

Chapter 9: To understand our God-given influence and to unleash our clout, we must arrange our lives to make time to hear from God.

Chapter 11: Sometimes unleashing our God-given influence means confidently doing it our way. Be humble enough to heed the wisdom of others and evaluate all the options, but be confident in the unique ways that God has equipped you.

Disclaimer: I was selected to be part of the Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence Launch team, in return I received a copy of the book to preview. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed above are my own.

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8 Habits of an Effective Women’s Ministry
Leadership Secrets
Word-Filled Women’s Ministry



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