Leadership is all about developing other leaders. It allows you to multiply the work by equipping and sending them out to do the work of ministry or service. Learning to lead is a process. Leading volunteers, as a volunteer yourself, is challenging. But when we have bonded and born fruit with other believers nothing can describe the joy it brings.
Five things I’ve learned the hard way as a leader:
LORI FRANK serves the people of Biltmore Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina where her husband of 25 years, Dr. Bruce Frank is Lead Pastor. Lori teaches a weekly women's Bible Study and offers local group mentoring for pastors' wives and women in ministry. Lori and Bruce have two sons in college. Lori writes for Flouish.me.
Adversity is wrapped up in anxiety. Where there is trouble, there is also fear, worry, fretfulness and distress. Statistics tell us that over forty million Americans struggle with anxiety disorders, with women diagnosed at a rate twice that of men. Even without an official pronouncement of a “disorder”, worry affects even the most spiritually mature and faithful. It drains us spiritually, emotionally and is exhausting. How can we best manage anxiety? Here are three suggestions:
FACE THE “WHAT IF…?”
Years ago I learned a valuable lesson when I least expected it (isn’t that how it always happens?) One of our young daughters had plaguing allergies, making her very uncomfortable. Traveling always exacerbated her problems, making her miserable. One Sunday morning prior to a family trip, I ran into Luanna, one of my prayer partners. I asked her to pray that Holly’s allergies would not flare up while traveling. She agreed, then casually remarked, “But if they do, it’s not the end of the world.” I was stunned...Continue reading
During the first few flights I took, I was always bothered by one point in the safety protocol delivered by the flight attendants: if the oxygen masks are deployed, parents are instructed to put their own on first before assisting their children. Even though I wasn’t a mother at that point I couldn’t imagine taking care of myself before taking care of my kids.
For better or worse, that is thought a lot of women carry with them everywhere. It doesn’t have to involve children; women naturally tend to care for others and put other’s needs before their own...However, what happens when your tank starts flashing the low fuel light?. It’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s probably one of the biggest strengths that God gave the female race...continue reading