The Center for Leadership Excellence and the Commission for the Status and Role of Women are teaming up in the hopes of offering more support for women in ministry in the NC Conference.
As a part of this endeavor, we are sending monthly emails of encouragement and suggestions for how women in ministry can support one another. If you would like to be added to our email list, sign up here. Or, you can check out past Encouragements emails in the archive at the bottom of this page.
“How are you?” I recently asked a church member.
“I’m stuck in a house with 2 teen boys and a husband!” she said. “You know what I realize? I miss missing them.”
I hope Hallmark is tracking with her! “I miss missing you” is a great pandemic word this Valentine’s Day. There is just no easy way to be this close for this long to other humans.
How many roles do you occupy in life? How many different “hats” do you wear? Pastor? Mother? Grandmother? Aunt? Friend? Spouse? Teacher? I could name a million more. If I sense one common thread from my female friends and colleagues of all ages, it is that we feel so pulled in many different directions. We may even think that this is a good thing – something we are called to live with. After all, read what Paul writes in Corinthians:
Two days ago, we entered the season of Advent. For me, one of the most poignant Advent texts is the account of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. Both women are experiencing unusual pregnancies and Mary seeks out the companionship of her mature kinswoman. Filled by the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth speaks strong words of encouragement and blessing over young Mary.