Six Places Leaders Are Developed — by Eric Geiger
Where does leadership development happen? What environments are beneficial to leaders in their development? From a Christian perspective, leadership development is not constrained to one environment. Because the whole world is His, leadership development can happen in a plethora of places. Because He continually matures His people, God will use anything to conform us more to the image of His Son.
Going Forward — by Beth Moore
So, what do we do now?
What do we do in this world, in this day, in this time, in this era?
In this climate of increasing hostility toward Christians?
How do we glorify God and do people good in an environment where we’re colossally unpopular?
Bailing is not an option unless we really weren’t in it to start with. If an issue causes an exit, we were around Christ but not in Christ. (1 John 2:19) Hiding is ridiculously counterproductive since the reason we’re here is to be lights in the darkness.
13 Truths about Spiritual Warfare for Leaders — by Chuck Lawless
Over the past twenty years, I have studied, written, and taught about spiritual warfare. Based on that work, here are some warfare reminders for church leaders:
- The Bible is not a book about the devil. The Bible is about God. This truth matters, as many people interested in spiritual warfare give the devil more attention than the Bible does. That approach simply distorts the biblical picture of warfare.
- The enemy is real. Paul was clear that we wrestle against principalities and powers (Eph. 6:12). Peter knew an enemy seeks to devour us like a roaring lion (1 Pet. 5:8). No hermeneutical gymnastics can legitimately erase this spiritual reality.
Women’s Retreat Made Simple — by Larissa Arnault Roach with LifeWay Women
Maybe planning a women’s retreat with your best Bible study girls feels like a great idea in theory but too complicated to make a reality. We are here to help!
Whether it’s a weekend getaway with a few girlfriends or a larger retreat organized through your church, getting away with the girls is so important to deeper relationship development. Weekly Bible study can be rich in spiritual content but leave little time for chitchat. A women’s retreat is a great way to get to know each other on a more personal level.
You Go, Smart Girls — by Melanie Rainer
When I skim through social media, in the midst of news headlines, pop culture updates, and theological and political spats, there are a few bright spots I can count on to make me smile. (No, I’m not just talking about pet memes like @emrgencykittens.)
Amy Poehler’s organization Smart Girls, @smrtgrls on Twitter, fills my feed with stories from women and girls, encouraging them to “change the world by being yourself.” Among its many women-empowering activities, Smart Girls serves as an Internet cheering squad.