Advent Series: An Introduction

I’ve shared before on this blog about the difficulty I have with Christmas. It’s the time of year I feel most acutely how dysfunctional my extended family is – the estrangements, the alcoholism, the uncomfortable communication. Well, that is true, but actually, Christmas growing up could sometimes be a very joyful time for me. My parents and grandparents always did Christmas big. I mean BIG. … Continue reading Advent Series: An Introduction

Rooted in Hope During Transition

Some years ago God closed the door to a new ministry opportunity leaving me (and my husband) in a season of waiting. It was a challenging transition, and I regret that I often responded more out of fear and impatience than faith. I wish I could say that my reaction was a fluke, and that generally, I’ve figured out how to manage change gracefully. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Rooted in Hope During Transition

“Navigating” Navigator Conferences as Parents

By Linnette Bachman In our first years of marriage and on staff, Dave and I experienced regular conflict during conferences.  We would go, go, go all day all week and rarely connect or pace ourselves.  As we entered parenthood, new challenges arose—Do I go?  Do we bring kids?  And if our whole family is there, who is “on” as the parent?  We’d begin conferences tired, … Continue reading “Navigating” Navigator Conferences as Parents

What’s Next? 4 Development Opportunities for Staff Women

By Deb Proctor Ten years ago I was eating lunch with my supervisor in California. I had recently been promoted to Nav Rep. As we discussed my desires for development for the next school year he shared something with me that has forever changed the way that I think about my development. He said, “Deb, your development is your responsibility!”  His approach was very thoughtful … Continue reading What’s Next? 4 Development Opportunities for Staff Women

Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Family Friendly Ministry Events

Deuteronomy 11:18-19 says, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” And my heart always adds a little tag line, “And when … Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Family Friendly Ministry Events

Practically Investing in One: Getting Back in the Saddle After Having a Baby

By Linnette Bachman Before Andrew was born I closed out all of my 1-on-1 relationships with women. I connected new older women to the younger women I was meeting with so they could continue having someone invest in them. I talked with the woman who had been investing into me about taking 6 months off. I wanted to have time to adjust to baby number … Continue reading Practically Investing in One: Getting Back in the Saddle After Having a Baby

Special Needs Kids and Ministry

By Anonymous “My child has special needs.” Those can be hard words to say as a mom, and confusing words to hear as a friend. I don’t want my daughter (who I’ll call “V”) defined by her special needs. As a friend, I’m not always sure how to respond when someone tells me about their child’s needs. Here are 2 things I’ve learned over the … Continue reading Special Needs Kids and Ministry