Most Popular Articles of 2015
Since becoming editor of Gifted for Leadership just a few months ago, I’ve been impressed by our readers. You’re thoughtful, articulate, and wise, and you love to hear from other women in church leadership. You lead out of your calling, and you’re always looking for ways to serve more effectively. It clearly shows in the articles you read most this year.
From making your church a more welcoming place to developing emerging leaders, you’re eager to learn the best ways to do ministry. You also have a heart for the marginalized, and you want to know how to support hurting people yet avoid compassion fatigue. But most of all, you want to come together with other women leaders and cheer each other on.
Whether you’re brand-new to Gifted for Leadership or an old friend, make sure you read the most popular posts from 2015. The variety of leaders represented in this list is beautiful, and we can learn a lot from their wisdom.
1. Teach Your Entire Church to Welcome Visitors
The five-minute rule and other tips
2. Create Your Church’s Vision Statement
It starts with a dream
Michelle S. Lazurek
3. Troublesome Women Preachers
We join a long legacy of prophetic witness to the gospel.
4. The Cost of Caring
How to avoid compassion fatigue as you care for others
5. Alone in Marriage
How church leaders can support spiritually single women
Mary J. Yerkes
6. Pastoring Your Church Through a Leader’s Misconduct
Tips for a redemptive response
7. When a Leader Doesn’t Know She’s a Leader
How to develop and encourage the emerging leaders around you
8. The State of Female Pastors
Despite less than groundbreaking numbers, there’s change in the air.
9. Pastor or Director: Does Title Matter?
An honest look at what our titles communicate
10. Go Ahead and Grin—Church Is Hilarious
Ministry is a lot more fun if you laugh at just about everything.
Amy Jackson is managing editor of Gifted for Leadership.