A Ministry of Southwestern Seminary's Women's Programs

Category: Ministry

“Dear Discouraged Ministry Wife…” A Letter From a Woman Who’s Been There

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  While not all church families have caught on to this opportunity, many have snagged it and ran with their hospitality gifts to bless their pastor and his family!  For many ministers, wives, and the... Read More »

Dear Women, This Is Community

There’s a little watering hole on the way towards my sister’s old place. As soon as I take the exit off the highway, I know I have ten miles of curvy, country back roads lined with canopies of evergreens before I reach it. It’s off to... Read More »

How to See the Need Behind the Mask

Earlier this year, “Church Clothes” was released by country artist Kelleigh Bannen. The song follows a couple who attend a Sunday morning worship service and act like everything about their marriage is as perfect and put together as the... Read More »

Eating a Meal with Jesus

“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’” (Luke 7:34) Why did Jesus come? He came to serve, to give His life as a ransom, to seek and save t... Read More »

Why I Don’t Prefer the Name “Small Group Leader”

I’m not trying to ruffle any feathers or title this blog post with something that will get a click. I am thankful for all of our readers, and I hope every topic encourages and equips you, and that you share it with someone because it was... Read More »

Four Tips for Young Women in their First Years of Ministry

In between books with colorful spines, and binders that hold my ministry dreams, there is a memo board that sits on my desk at home. It is a hodge-podge of push-pinned fabric swatches that inspire me, magazine clippings of someday projects,... Read More »

I No Longer Want To Do Big Things For God

Okay hear me out before you freak out. There was a time in my life (namely, a few months ago) when I wanted to do BIG things for God. I wanted to be a speaker at BIG conferences. I wanted to impact a BIG number of people. I wanted to m... Read More »

When Our Ministry Leaders Fail

  …And then the news broke. Just in our own personal circles. It came out in little waves, and then big gushes, and then what felt like a tsunami. Another brother in ministry fell. A pastor stepping down for the sake of sin. Oh, how ... Read More »

Have We Complicated Discipleship?

Simon, Andrew, James and John were among the first men Jesus called to follow Him and to be His disciples. Simon and Andrew were fishermen by trade, and might have known Jesus before their encounter by the Sea of Galilee. When Jesus called... Read More »

Burnt Aprons and The Gospel

My Anthropologie apron and I have been through a lot together.  Its charred yellow polka dot fabric, singed teal ruffle, and frayed fuchsia waist ties tell stories of my many battles with macaroons, meringue pie, and Crock-Pot Mac ‘n che... Read More »