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Women in Ministry United Podcast

Are you in ministry and find yourself exhausted from it all? Do you struggle creating boundaries? Do you want a day off? You are in the right place!

 

The Women in Ministry United podcast is for women who want to break free from overwhelm, lead with focus, and have time for things outside of ministry. 

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Marginalized as a Woman in Ministry [EP:111]

Oct 07, 2021

Are you feeling marginalized as a woman in ministry? Is your contribution and leadership not valued? Are your ideas ignored? This is a common challenge that many women face, even in denominations and churches that say they welcome women in ministry.

If you haven’t experienced this, I’m thankful and I would encourage you to listen to this episode because I am willing to guarantee there is someone you know who has, even if they are in a denomination or church that embraces an egalitarian model of ministry.

 

 

Boundaries are intricately tied to the challenges of being a woman in ministry.

 

If we aren’t careful we over extend ourselves. We will try to prove them wrong if they question our leadership. We will over compensate and do more. We won’t stop because we are afraid that we’ll be judged or we won’t be seen. And we can spend endless amounts of time and energy trying to fight and make our case for why we belong in ministry. We...

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How Slow Living Will Change Your Life and Ministry with Jodi Grubbs [EP:104]

Aug 12, 2021

Is the pace of life and ministry unsustainable? Are there too many things to manage? Do you wish you could slow down? 

In today's episode, I interview Jodi Grubbs who is a slow living advocate. Here are some of the things we talk about:

  • What happens when you don't slow down
  • The importance of soul care and community
  • Slow living in the scriptures and how it relates to our relationship with God
  • The role of people pleasing
  • Tips to slow down the pace
  • Obstacles to watch out for as you slow down

Favorite Quotes from Jodi

If you're passionate about something, slowing down will help you.

You are not going to hear God say, "I need to hustle more!"

If we are doing this for God and not for other people, we need to take seriously all the slow living that Jesus did.

More About Jodi

Jodi is a former island girl and is passionate about coming alongside women who long for that shift to slower living. She is a writer and the host of Our Island in the City Podcast where she loves...

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How to Get Clear Around What Boundaries and Rhythms Will Work for You [EP:102]

Jul 29, 2021

Are you having trouble figuring out what healthy rhythms and boundaries would work for you? Most pastors and leaders I talk with know that they need to put boundaries in place but they are just not sure what will work. And not knowing is what’s keeping them stuck in the unhealthy patterns of leadership.

 

How do you gain clarity so that you can make progress?

  1. Ask God. God, what do you want for me? What’s your vision, God? What do I need to focus on? What do I need to make time for?
  2. Write down what is most important to you in this season. What relationships are most important in the months ahead? What events are important? What roles, responsibilities do you need to make time for? What parts of yourself need time/attention/nurturing?
  3. Start small. Pick one thing but start. We tend to try and do much too quickly. Do one thing, but do it! We tend to think about things over and over again. We'll talk with colleagues and friends, we'll meditate on what we...
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Key Lessons Learned From Women in Ministry: EPISODE 100

Jul 15, 2021

Let's celebrate!

This is episode 100 of the Women in Ministry United Podcast!

From the launch in March 2019, the journey has been filled with twists and turns. If you've been with me for a lengthy period of time, you know that this began as the Giving Up Normal Podcast where we focused on giving up the normal things that are hurting your soul so that you could live as the person God created you to be. 

 

While that heartbeat continues, God's call for my leadership got more specific and as my ministry focused on helping women in ministry break free from the cycles of busyness and overwhelm and create healthy rhythms and boundaries...the name of the podcast changed to simply, The Women in Ministry United Podcast!

 

Today, as we celebrate the 100th episode, I share with you 4 lessons that I've learned from you, the community, as you share your experience creating and maintaining healthy rhythms and boundaries in your life and leadership. Exposing these common realities...

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4 Things That Get in the Way of Creating Healthy Boundaries in Ministry [EP:090]

Apr 15, 2021

What Gets in Your Way of Creating Healthy Boundaries in Ministry?

 

This is a question I recently asked and the responses boiled down to 4 key things.

  • I don't have a mentor. There is no one to help me figure out what this looks like and encourage me along the way.
  • I don't know how to say no.  Am I allowed to say no? How do I do that? What do I say no to?
  • I am genuinely interested in the things I am asked to do. I would enjoy it and honestly, I'd be good at it!
  • I don't know how to manage all of the expectations.


If any of these barriers get in your way, join me for the Margin Maker workshop. We'll help you get clear on your priorities, learn how to say "no," create a plan, shift your mindset and help you establish margin (which means you have to create healthy boundaries) for the long haul. Enrollment ends April 16th at 6:00p CT. Learn more HERE.

 

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What to do with Pushback in Ministry [EP:085]

Mar 11, 2021

Have you ever experienced pushback in ministry? Have people reacted negatively to the changes that you are making? They don't like it and they're letting you know that they don't like it! That may seem like a silly question. Of course we have experienced pushback...and if you haven’t yet, don’t worry...it’s coming! 

Pushback happens.. Pushback is normal.

What should you do when someone opposes or complains about the changes you are making?

Let’s start by talking about change for a second.

Change is a stressor (even good change).

People resist change.

Resistance creates friction, otherwise known as conflict. And we typically avoid conflict. But there is such a thing as healthy conflict. It is important to reframe your thinking that pushback is bad. You’ve got to remind yourself this is normal and it can be good. Healthy conflict helps create a healthy culture and healthy people with healthy relationships.

Key Tips Discussed:

  • Reframe your idea of...
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Progress Killers that Keep You from What You Want [EP:081]

Feb 11, 2021

You want to make some changes. There are some good, healthy boundaries that you know will help you lead and live better but you just can’t seem to gain momentum. I want to share with you 4 progress killers that keep you from making the changes you want.

We wait for the perfect time.

We wait for just the right time before we make changes. We decide to wait until things slow down. We think it’ll be easier once we push through this busy season, or once a certain obligation is finished.  We wait until things are perfect!  But guess what?  It’ll never be perfect! There will never be a perfect time. If you don’t put in the boundaries you need, new obligations and new seasons of busyness will steal your space and margin.

 

We have an all or nothing attitude.

Many of us approach change and progress with an all or nothing attitude. If there is just one time we can imagine when the boundary or rhythm won’t work, we don’t even try! We...

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6 Keys to Redefining Your Normal

Apr 16, 2020

Have you asked yourself, "When will things go back to normal?" Me too. But honestly, I don't think we want to go back to normal. Normal was too busy. Normal left us on the edge of burnout. Normal had us running around from one thing to the next. It's hard to remember our unhealthy patterns now because of COVID-19, but we don't want to go back. So, now what? Now you have an opportunity to decide who you want to be on the other side of this pandemic and redefine your normal.

Be a person of action and get your copy of the Redefining Normal Starter Guide.

 

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7 Lies That Keep You From Having Balance and Boundaries

Jan 16, 2020

If it's true that what you believe will directly impact the decisions that you make, and influence the outcome of your situation, (which I do agree with), then it is critical to check-in with ourselves, paying particular attention to the places where we are struggling.

Most women in ministry would not say they are thriving. Many feel as if it is all that they can do to get through the day. They are in survival mode, burned out, and depleted. Talking with these women reveals that many, if not most, are believing a lie that is keeping them from thriving.

According to dictionary.com, a lie is "a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood."

Now, if you're like me, you might be thinking that you are too savvy and wise to fall prey to assertions designed to mislead you. But that's the thing about deception. It is subtle and unassuming. It creeps in, disguising the lies as reasonable...expected, yet in reality, untrue. And when we build...

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Join a Supportive Community

Jan 02, 2020

Do you feel pressed against the edge every single day? Are you burned out because the pace of ministry is unsustainable? Do you have a hard time maintaining healthy boundaries? You are not alone.

As a female pastor, I was overwhelmed with all there was to do in ministry. I had very little blank space on my calendar. I would run from one thing to the next and I’m just going to be totally honest with you…I was so tired. I felt it. I felt it physically in my body, it impacted my mind and I sensed it in my spirit…maybe you do too. In fact, I know I’m not alone. I’ve had countless conversations with other women in ministry who have shared that they too feel overwhelmed and discouraged as they try to manage it all. Many of us feel like it’s all we can do to show up and survive another day. And we feel defeated because we have resigned ourselves to the idea that this is just the way it’s going to be.

And worst of all, we keep it all under wraps.

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7 Tips From Women Who Have Moved From Burnout to Healthy Balance and Boundaries

This free guide shares tips to lay a solid foundation and gives you practical strategies that you can put into place in order to free up margin in your week and stay on track!