Knowing the by design ministries’ mission “to develop women who are servant leaders for the equipping of God’s church and the enlarging of His Kingdom” was freeing, as I wasn’t being recruited for something new but being fed, encouraged, and equipped to go back to my home church and serve where God had called me.
In a quick Google search, you can easily find multiple studies that speak of the loneliness and isolation that can come along with being in ministry leadership. Leaders are often overextended, lacking in support staff, and so focused on serving others that they can forget to actually jump into the communities they are bringing together. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I know that, for myself, the first things to go when I am stressed or busy are spending time with God and quality fellowship with others.
In my skewed thinking, however, I put most of my energy first into ministry and expected my closest loved ones to understand and be satisfied with my “leftovers.” As tension mounted, I absurdly prayed that the Holy Spirit would reduce the amount of “need” my loved ones had for me in order to match the amount of “free time” I had available for them. Never underestimate the evil of over commitment!
This past January, Phyllis Bennett was the speaker for our reTREAT, sharing about how God brings us from “Tainted Past to Radiant Future.” Some of you wanted to attend but weren’t able to make it. And those of you who … Continued
Ready for a change? We’ve made the decision to make the annual Leadership Retreat into a virtual event this coming year. It was a very difficult decision – we all look forward to getting together in person each year – … Continued
One of our goals at by design is to partner with other local ministries for mutual support and encouragement. One of the ministries that has been a tremendous blessing to us is Gilead’s Balm, which was created by and is … Continued
By Linda Moore Dear Sister in Christ, “There have to be times to sit and wait for the fullness of God that replenishes body, mind and soul … there has to be time for the fullness of time, or time … Continued
by Jeanne Doyon Where can women in leadership be refreshed? Whether we are teaching, planning, leading, or delegating, we’re always “on.” We need a place to let down and let go—to connect with other women and to be fed so … Continued
by Linda Moore Because you asked … we are doing a full weekend retreat this year in Connecticut! Have you found yourself mumbling recently “I can’t do this!” or “Does God really care what is going on here?” As women … Continued
by Krisie Brown This was my first overnight experience at a by design reTREAT. In previous years, I’d joined in just for the day on Saturday and had been excited and blessed by the worship and teaching. This year experiencing … Continued