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.
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.
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
What is happening at WeConnect? I think that the better question is, what isn’t happening at WeConnect? As you may have read in our previous updates, the WeConnect team has been taking a leadership role in by design’s recent events. … Continued
This month’s update comes from by design’s Executive Director, Linda Moore, who wrote about our most recent Mentoring Event: Thank you so much for your prayerful intercession for by design’s women’s ministries. I love working with women who are eager … Continued
We recently held the annual by design retreat that is designed for women leaders, and for the first time ever, our WeConnect team took a leadership role at the retreat. Sarah, Kimberley, and Jessi led a Millennial panel Q&A in … Continued