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3 Myths about Women’s Emotions

Sharon Leadership 1 Comment

Within the last year I have been pregnant and had a baby, which tells you one thing about me: I’ve had a lot of emotions, and a lot of hormones. I have cried at silly things like car commercials and minor slights. I have cried for joy, and cried out of a heart full of love. I have cried a …

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Marriage

Sharon Leadership, Love, Marriage 2 Comments

On Friday Ike and I celebrated 5 years of marriage together! Woohoo! Around this time each year, I find myself reflecting on how our lives have changed, what the future holds, and what I’ve learned in between. I’m not sure I could distill all those lessons into one single blog post, but in celebration of the last 5 years I …

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Where Has God Called You to Influence?

Sharon Leadership 21 Comments

One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is not one you would expect. It’s not about God lifting us up on eagles wings, or how we can do all things through Christ. It’s not very flashy. It’s nobody’s “life verse.” But it is incredibly important for each of us. It’s 1 Corinthians 12:14-26. This passage is famous for …

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3 Lessons on Women and Calling

Sharon Leadership, Ministry 3 Comments

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Q conference on Women and Calling. For one day, 12 women delivered 18 minute messages on the topic of calling, and it was SUCH an encouragement to me. We heard from women like Lauren Winner, Kathy Keller, Rachel Held Evans, Shauna Niequist, and my lovely friend Katelyn Beaty. The perspectives were …

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An Open Letter to Seminarians

Sharon Leadership, Ministry 7 Comments

It’s hard to believe that I graduated from seminary nearly six years ago, because I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember cramming for my church history final with fear and trembling. I remember crying on the first day of my ethics class because I was so moved by the lecture. I remember going to Haiti as part of …

Some Thoughts on Empowering Evangelical Women

Sharon Leadership, Women's Ministry 9 Comments

As you can probably tell, it’s been one of those weeks! Sorry I haven’t been on here since last week–life has been busy, but busy with good things. This week I want to share an interesting tidbit from my academic research that may have implications for evangelical women. I say “may” because more research is needed, but it gives us …

Mean Thoughts

Sharon Forgiveness, Leadership 4 Comments

As some of you know, I wrote an article for Her.meneutics a few weeks ago that incited the rage of my readers. In all honesty, I was utterly shocked by the response. The article, titled How to Talk About Having Children, was not intended to be controversial. In fact, I thought it would go right under the radar as one …

The Problem of the First Woman

Sharon Church, Leadership, Women's Ministry 6 Comments

Yesterday I was fortunate to catch up with an old friend who serves as a pastor at my last church. He is thinking about creating a women’s ministry for the ladies in his congregation and he wanted to pick my brain about the process. I was SO excited to hear how the Holy Spirit is working in and through the …

What Your Leaders Reveal About Your Ministry

Sharon Leadership, Women's Ministry 6 Comments

This week I attended a presentation about the prospect of employment for women after  graduating from seminary. The findings, which only reflected my particular school, were still pretty discouraging–only a small percentage of women who obtain a Masters of Divinity are able to find full-time jobs in ministry. The study represented a very limited sample (which is why I haven’t …

Rest: A Much Overlooked Pillar of Leadership

Sharon Leadership, Sabbath 1 Comment

As Christians, we live in a performance based culture that measures success according to how much you can cram into your life. The more you do, the more you’re doing, so to speak. This mentality has, by and large, infiltrated the church, and you don’t have to look beyond the church’s leadership to see that. Many pastors are over-worked and …