• It’s here! My new book, Crowned: Created For Glory, Called By His Name, is now available on Amazon as a paperback and kindle. To celebrate, I’m giving away a starter pack for your small group. Here’s what it includes: 6 paperback copies of Crowned 6 coordinating blank notebooks 1 lb of Kingdom Growers Coffee and a… [Continue Reading]

    How to win ‘Crowned’ for your discipleship group
  • Summer 2015 was an exciting time of transition for our family! And Fall 2015 is shaping up to be even more so with some new changes and resources headed your way. New Home This summer our family said goodbye to our Pittsburgh home and ministry center and said hello to Chattanooga, TN! While we already… [Continue Reading]

    Fall Lineup 2015
  • A fruitful discipleship group includes a cross-section of women from your church – old and young, mature and infant in Christ, single and married. But managing diverse discipleship groups can be challenging. Discipleship leaders must balance the depth needed to keep older Christians growing in their faith without leaving newer believers behind. Recently, I shared with Missional… [Continue Reading]

    4 tips for managing a diverse discipleship group
  • From dusty highways to airport runways, our family will be logging some miles crossing the U.S. this summer. And you can bet that my book bag will be my number one travel accessory. So, here’s a sneak peak at three books I’ve packed in my summer travel bag: My Summer Book Bag Recapturing the Voice of… [Continue Reading]

    Summer reading list 2015…and a surprise!

How to win ‘Crowned’ for your discipleship group

Win a discipleship starter pack for your small group! {Hive Resources}

It’s here! My new book, Crowned: Created For Glory, Called By His Name, is now available on Amazon as a paperback and kindle.

To celebrate, I’m giving away a starter pack for your small group.

Here’s what it includes:

  • 6 paperback copies of Crowned
  • 6 coordinating blank notebooks
  • 1 lb of Kingdom Growers Coffee
  • and a few other fun surprises!

Enter to win the starter pack below!

About the study

Enter to win a discipleship starter pack for 6 [Hive Resources]If you’re new to the site, here’s a little about the book.

Crowned is a five-week discipleship guide that roots a woman’s identity in Christ.

Each chapter uncovers the significance of five truths of salvation (creation, redemption, justification, adoption, and sanctification) by answering two key questions: Who is God? and Who am I in Christ?

From each of these truths concerning the character and activity of God, a disciple can uncover her kingdom destiny: who she is and how she’s meant to live in a modern world.

A study for ‘unchurched’ women

Crowned is written specifically for women who are unchurched – women who don’t have a church background and lack a Christian worldview.

I believe the greatest hurdle facing women’s ministries today is the lack of discipleship strategies for reaching women who have no biblical background. We can no longer assume that the women in our neighborhoods or churches have been exposed to the gospel – or its implications for daily life!

The way we disciple women must change to reflect these growing trends in our communities. We must use simpler language. We must instruct these women first in who they are in Christ before we give them a discipleship “to-do” list. And above all, we must intentionally train them how to replicate themselves by making their own disciples.

These are lessons I learned while living and serving in an area of the U.S. with very few evangelical churches. Crowned grew out the need to minister to unchurched women attending our SBC church plant. Some had never studied the Scriptures, and others had never owned their own Bible.

Crowned is the first in a series of three discipleship books designed to instruct unchurched women in three key areas of Christian living: a biblical worldview, biblical literacy, and biblical (or missional) living. The final two books (on biblical literacy and missional living) will be released in 2016.

In the hands of a veteran discipleship leader or simply a new believer, Crowned summarizes Scripture’s basic teachings on a woman’s personal identity and purpose in life.

To find out more about the book, click here.

Tools for women discipling new believers {Hive Resources}

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Fall Lineup 2015

Summer 2015 was an exciting time of transition for our family! And Fall 2015 is shaping up to be even more so with some new changes and resources headed your way.

New Home

This summer our family said goodbye to our Pittsburgh home and ministry center and said hello to Chattanooga, TN! While we already miss our community and church family, we are anxious to see why God moved us back to the land of monogrammed mason jars and sweet tea. Above all, we are eager to see how our new Southern home will impact our family’s desire to live on mission for Christ.

Chattanooga Bound {Hive Resources}

So far, we’ve enjoyed getting to know our new city, visiting churches, and exploring all Chatty has to offer. If you live in the Chattanooga area, I’d love to hear from you!

New Contributor

This summer I joined up with some global-minded ladies of the International Mission Board (SBC) as a contributor for their new resource site IMB Women. I’m joining a group of accomplished women who are fiercely committed to seeing all nations come to Christ. They are missionaries, ministers, authors, strategists, and everyday missional moms. Their stories and resources will equip and challenge you to do and be the same regardless of your vocation!

Here’s the site architect and women’s catalyst for the IMB, Lori McDaniel, sharing the vision behind the site:

Be sure to follow us on all your social media circles (Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and twitter). You don’t want to miss any of our articles, podcasts, and trip opportunities!

New Discipleship Book

My biggest news for Fall 2015 is the publication of my new five-week Bible study, Crowned: Created For Glory, Called By His Name.

New Bible Study {Hive Resources}

Crowned is the first of three books in a discipleship series; it gives women who lack a Christian worldview a sure foundation concerning their personal identity in Christ.

More than just a simple Bible study, Crowned is written in simple, reproducible terms to better help women become disciple makers. Next week, I’ll be unveiling all the bells and whistles embedded in this series and why it might be a good fit for your women’s ministry and/or small group.

You can expect some FUN GIVEAWAYS starting next week!

But for now, you can purchase the book via Amazon as a paperback or as an eBook for kindle.

     

Interested in previewing the book for free? I’ll email a PDF of the book to the first 5 ladies who leave a comments!

4 tips for managing a diverse discipleship group

4 tips for managing a diverse discipleship group {Hive Resources}

A fruitful discipleship group includes a cross-section of women from your church – old and young, mature and infant in Christ, single and married.

But managing diverse discipleship groups can be challenging. Discipleship leaders must balance the depth needed to keep older Christians growing in their faith without leaving newer believers behind.

Recently, I shared with Missional Women a few ideas for keeping mature Christians engaged in Bible study without overwhelming newer believers.

Click here to find out how to manage a multi-level discipleship group.

Summer reading list 2015…and a surprise!

From dusty highways to airport runways, our family will be logging some miles crossing the U.S. this summer. And you can bet that my book bag will be my number one travel accessory.

So, here’s a sneak peak at three books I’ve packed in my summer travel bag:

My Summer Book Bag

Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by Steven W. Smith

I bought this book because I want to become a better text-driven Bible study teacher.  Although it’s written primarily for a male audience, every believer needs instruction in how to rightly divide God’s Word while being faithful to the author’s original intent in writing.

Author Steven W. Smith emphasizes that faithful Bible teachers need not “draw points out of Scripture,” but rather “show the text as it is,” especially considering the genre of a book. In this way, teachers of the Word are able to recapture the voice of God in both tone and meaning.

So far, I have already underlined and highlighted almost every paragraph in the first chapter of this technical book. Considering the lack of similar tools written by female Bible study teachers, I look forward to the day when more conservative publishers release titles such as these explicitly geared to equip women teach other women how to study the Scriptures.

Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids! by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

Most moms I know struggle with anger. I’m certainly no exception. So, when a friend told me she was reading this book I ordered it on Amazon right away. As with all the Turansky and Miller books, Good and Angry, is a helpful tool for implementing wise parenting strategies to combat issues like yelling, discipline, and dishonesty.

In the book, the authors outline a five-step plan for teaching children to follow instructions and accept the word “no.”

And while Good and Angry is no substitute for the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of you and your child, it offers practical advice targeting key heart issues that plague most children (and parents).

Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission by J.D. Payne

Last fall, I attended a Global Think Tank on mobilizing women for missions hosted by the International Mission Board. This book was among the resources shared at the event. Written by Southern Seminary professor J.D. Payne, the book guides readers through the changing global landscape and how it impacts the Great Commission.

Our Pittsburgh church plant is situated in a region that is considered both ethnically diverse and ‘unreached’ with the gospel. So, Payne’s global research provided encouragement and a challenge to engage unreached peoples migrating to the West including students, refugees, and migrant workers.

Strangers Next Door is a book for any mission-minded woman who seriously desires to see the nations in her community come to Christ.

My New Summer Study

Crowned - a 5 week study on a woman's identity in Christ by Hive Resources

Looking to fill your own summer book bag? This month, I’m publishing a five-week discipleship tool for small groups. Crowned: Created for Glory, Called by His Name outlines a woman’s identity in Christ looking at five key aspects of salvation. Each lesson in the study asks two primary worldview questions: “Who am I?” and “Who is God?”

But this book is more than a simple Bible study! Crowned is the first in a series of three books following the discipleship strategy I developed for the women’s ministry for our NAMB church plant in Pittsburgh. Each book will tackle one of the three components comprising our strategy to produce fully formed replicating disciples: worldview, biblical literacy, and missional living.

Written with new believers in mind, these books will help a women’s ministry or discipleship leader train biblically-literate disciples capable of reproducing themselves.

So, be on the lookout for the release of the first component, Crowned, in the coming weeks!

What to do when your church is addicted to video Bible studies

What to do when your church is addicted to video Bible studies {Hive Resources}

The top trend I’ve observed in women’s ministry is women’s Bible studies are not producing disciples who can feed on the Bible for themselves – and then show others how to prepare a meal from God’s Word.

In general, we are addicted to video-driven Bible studies!

Today, I’m over at Missional Women challenging women to turn off the TV and get into God’s Word for themselves with four ways to supplement the spiritual health of any women’s ministry.

Click the link to find out what you should to do if your church is addicted video studies.

A must-have book for helping women who miscarry

After Sunday worship recently, I could sense a friend was upset. When I inquired, she mentioned she was miscarrying. I did what I knew to do — I hugged her. And then I hugged her again.

Last week my sister texted me. “I have a friend who had a miscarriage. What can I do for her?” Immediately, I replied: “Take her a meal!”

For those of us not acquainted with miscarriage, it can be an isolating and strange kind of grief. I know this grief personally, I’ve had three miscarriages. The first two were what doctors consider routine; the third was a particularly difficult as I was further along in my pregnancy. In both instances, women around me hugged me and loved on me by bringing me meals.

You don’t have to serve in women’s ministries very long to encounter a woman suffering from the tragedy of miscarriage. Although you would never know from the very little we speak about it or hear about it from Sunday pulpits, miscarriage is a common event. Yet, the sadness from the loss of a pregnancy is so unique that the church is often left wondering how best to minister to women walking through this circumstance.

This Mother’s Day, it’s my honor to recommend a new resource written by my friend Jessalyn Hutto.  Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb is a biblically-faithful and thoughtful account of God’s sovereignty over and through miscarriage.

Why I recommend the book:

A must-have book on miscarriage for all womens ministry leaders {Hive Resources}Packed into five little chapters, Jessalyn offers hurting women wisdom, comfort and hope while leading them to the cross of Christ, their ultimate source of comfort.

–She offers wise counsel regarding practical questions of grief. For the woman who wonders if her miscarriage is her fault or if she could have prevented it, Jessalyn draws their attention to the salve of the gospel.

–She speaks from the big picture of life, opening her book with a primer on the impact of sin on a woman’s body.

–She beautifully links God’s sovereignty to God’s goodness for women who doubt the Creator’s trustworthiness for allowing their miscarriage.

–She offers sweet prayers for hurting mothers at the close of each chapter, giving women a chance to digest the rich doctrine covered in each section.

And because she wisely guides the reader through the different levels of emotional suffering entailed in miscarriage, I would recommend that every women’s ministry leader purchase and use Inheritance of Tears as they serve women walking through this difficult circumstance. Despite hard the circumstance of miscarriage and the equally hard truths Jessalyn explicates in her book, women ministry leaders must be prepared to give biblically-informed comfort to the hurting women in their care. Inheritance of Tears is a must-have book for helping women who are suffering from the “unseen grief” of miscarriage.

Special thanks to Jessalyn for providing me a copy of Inheritance of Tears to review. For more information about the links in this post, click here.