Winter Seasons happen for all of us. It’s when everything feels dead and desolate. But, believe it or now, God is still at work in them.
After seminary, I began church planting. And then I failed. Okay, not really. I believe I did just what God was asking. But in my own perception at the time, it felt like a failure. In fact, I’ve had a lot of seasons in life and ministry where I’ve felt like a failure. These are seasons where the weight of leadership has felt pretty overwhelming.
In this episode I am bringing you an interview that my friend and fellow podcaster did of me! In fact, you may have heard an interview that I did with him earlier this year. Jeremy Fulda and his family were missionaries in Taiwan for several years and recently returned to the United States to serve in the local church. Throughout this conversation, we highlight the ways in which God can and does work in the seasons of life that feel difficult and overwhelming.
What We Talk About
You’ll hear more of my story as a church planter and about some of the most surprising challenges that education or other ministry experience didn’t prepare me for. You’ll also hear about some of the ways that our identity can become intertwined with the mission of what we’re doing and what to do about it! Finally, we’ll talk about how isolating ministry can be and how to combat that.
- We talk about burnout in ministry and how to recover from it
- How to keep your identity as a child of God rather than whatever your ministry role is
- What seminary didn’t prepare us for
- How to grow through challenging seasons
- How to learn from failure
Why It Matters
This episode will provide encouragement and practical insight for you in your ministry leadership. Especially if you’re just starting out, take a minute and learn from my mistakes! As I’ll share in the episode, there’s a certain element of seeing the faithfulness of God in the midst of our suffering that can only be learned through experience. But, there are other components that can be learned ahead of time, things that you can prepare for. This episode will (hopefully) help prepare you for some of those seasons. And if you’re in a winter season of leadership, ministry or life right now, it will be the encouragement you need to see through the fog and come out the other side.
How to Learn More
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can improve your leadership or if you’re looking for help through a difficult season, check out my leadership coaching. I help Christian women in leadership (in ministry and mission driven business) excel in life and leadership. I bring my education, experience and yes, even my failures to the table in order to help you bypass some of the challenges coming your way.
As you hear Jeremy and I share, you’ll hear a recurring theme of how isolating leadership can be. But it doesn’t have to be! When you’re isolated, the chances for burn out, overwhelm or derailment skyrocket. So, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that’s how it’s got to be. Take a step and get a coach to come alongside, mentor and invest in you.
It’s truly my joy to serve you as you excel in your calling.
Until next time, I hope you lead like Jesus!
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