Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

I will never forget my mother’s words to me the day my husband was ordained. She said: “You’ll rarely be able to trust anyone. Don’t give them ammunition. Friendships will be scarce. It’s okay. I’ll always be here for you.” I know what you may be thinking, “Wow . . . that’s cynical.” If you knew my mother, what she’s been through, the betrayal she’s experienced too many times, you would understand her perspective. My mother is practically a saint. My husband often jokes: “If you think the... Read More
Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

I married my high school sweetheart. Frank was the lead guitarist in a local band, two years older than I, a rebel with a cause, and he was hopelessly in love with me. The good news…I felt the same. I was smitten, and at the age of nineteen I stood before God, friends, and family and promised to love him forever. I always have and I always will, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced bumps along the way. As I mentioned, we were practically kids when we recited our vows. We literally grew... Read More
Change Is a Process, Not a Position

Change Is a Process, Not a Position

I will never forget one of the first campus visits I made as children’s director at Elevation Church. I was newly promoted from kids’ campus director, and I was thrilled at the opportunity to lead the charge and make a greater impact on families. I climbed out of my car and skipped to the door. Okay, I may not have skipped, but I was definitely walking on clouds as I made my way in, clipboard in hand. It was going to be a great day, a start to an incredible journey. It was most definitely the... Read More
Summer Is The New January 1!

Summer Is The New January 1!

If you’re a woman in ministry, particularly a mom, you probably look forward to summer for the same reason your children count down the final days of school: VACATION. The heat brings road trips to the beach, poolside parties, and lazy lemonade stand days. For many of us, summer feels like a three-month hiatus from reality. But what if this summer could actually be a catalyst to change? Suppose you could utilize this time to find a rhythm that helped you communicate expectations, set... Read More
Change Is Coming. Are You Willing?

Change Is Coming. Are You Willing?

Recently, my church celebrated its 10th anniversary. To an outsider, this may not seem like a grand feat. Many of you may think, “They’re babies, a decade is nothing more than a blink of time in the grand scheme of things.” You’d be right. However, in those 10 years, we’ve seen our church grow from 16 individuals in 2006 to 22,000 in attendance last weekend. It seems unfathomable, really. We’ve come a long way, and yet, we have so far to go. As the children’s director of a church that... Read More