No man is an island, but it’s possible that in ministry we might feel like we’re isolated on one sometimes. The New England reality we all know is that our churches and ministries are typically not very large. The role that you are serving in most likely has some element of solitariness to it. Especially in the particular responsibilities you carry. Especially in leadership.
Women in leadership in ministry and beyond tend to be at a crossroads of expectations. They are often expected to be both meek and strong, in charge but not bossy, compassionate but not too emotional, in control but not heavy-handed, etc. This can create pressure to be perfect, to put on a facade, or to be “on” all the time. This becomes exhausting.
Online workshops always sounded like a good idea. It made sense for by design to share the training and resources that had previously only been available to women in New England, and we loved the idea of being able to expand our ministry around the world. But oh boy, it sure felt like a daunting task. With our staff already working crazy hours and our resources stretched to the limit, it just didn’t feel possible. So we put it off. For years. And then the pandemic hit.
This year’s Summer Sampler Series answers the question “What does by design do?” Each post will address an aspect of our ministry, as told by women who have been positively impacted. We hope that their stories encourage you and inspire … Continued
by Lori Stanley Roeleveld Many times, I have thought my life unimportant – not as a form of self-pity, but more as an excuse. This fallacy that I don’t matter, that I’m insignificant, is a convenient delusion to comfort me … Continued
by Janet Aronson “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 It’s been a tough time, even for the healthiest of us. We are learning to live in a … Continued
by Lynne Bauman “For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 That verse has been a constant theme for me over the last several months. Our journey comes down to one thing … our faith in who … Continued
by Sherri Martinelli Summer is finally here … though it might look different than any summer we have experienced! Here are three poems to hopefully help you GAZE at God and His promises and GLANCE at all else. MY PURPOSE The … Continued