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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Dealing with Expectations in Ministry

Apr 22, 2021

Trying to figure out how to manage all the expectations in ministry? 

In this episode, we go deeper into what lies beneath expectations and what to do with them if they are something we can't do. 

What are expectations?

  • Assumptions, presumptions
  • Hopes
  • What they think would happen in the future
  • State of Anticipating
  • Feeling of what should happen

Where do they come from?

  • Family, friends, neighbors, schools, people in the place of our ministry
  • Formed and shaped by past experiences and personal definition of responsibilities.

Things to consider. Are the expectations:

  • conscious
  • realistic
  • spoken
  • agreed upon

What do you do with them?

  • Ask God about the condition of your heart and for His guidance.
  • If it was not agreed upon, acknowledge this in a kind way by saying, "I didn’t know that’s what you were expecting" or
    simply, "I’m sorry, I am not able to do that."
  • If it was agreed upon, start a conversation. Talk about it. This is what I can do...this is what...
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Planning Ministry for 2021 [Ep:074]

Dec 10, 2020

In this challenging season that has been shaped by a global pandemic, life and ministry have been difficult. And although we will turn the page on 2020 and move into a new year, much will stay the same. We will continue to stretch and grow our flexibility muscles and adapt. 

So, how do you plan for ministry in 2021? We still have people to serve and ministry to do. What should we keep in mind as we look ahead? In this episode, Jen shares important reminders and tips to keep you moving forward.

  • Less is more
  • Lower your expectations
  • Change the way you measure success
  • Get comfortable with unpredictability
  • Identify your big rocks
  • Plan for rhythms of rest for you and your people/organization
  • Don't get ahead of yourself...just take the next right step

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Getting Rid of a Heavy Burden

May 18, 2020

Do you feel weary and burdened? Are you feeling the pressure of expectations and responsibilities? In this episode, Jen shares what you can do to get rid of the heavy burdens you are carrying.

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Lie #3: I Have to Give up Sabbath, Rest, and My Heart’s Desires. It’s the Cross I Must Bear.

Feb 06, 2020

I didn't know what I was getting into when I began my ministry. I had not spent much time "behind the curtain" and was surprised to find that many people in the congregation I led were still exploring a relationship with Jesus. It seemed strange that after being in the church for so long, they could be in this stage, but it also was exciting. People were hungry to know Jesus intimately. I immediately kicked it into high gear and poured myself completely into helping them.

It all seemed like a worthy cause. What else could be more significant than to walk alongside a group that is actively seeking the Lord? But as time went by, I found myself giving up other pieces of me. I didn't spend much time cultivating relationships with friends outside of the church. I didn't take time to rest. I left books that were not related to ministry on the shelf. I skimped on my time with the Lord. There was always a good reason to keep on serving.

I began to believe that this was the cross of ministry...

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