Monthly Archives: August 2012

ROC Crew Ministries fight homelessness in Dallas-Fort Worth

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

PLANO, Texas – On Aug. 11, visitors to a Sonic location on Coit Road in Plano were not greeted to their normal roller-skating carhops. Instead, the guests were greeted by tireless workers for the homeless in Dallas and Tarrant counties.

Members of Restoring Our Communities (ROC) Crew Ministries and the Women’s House in Pleasant Grove spent most of the day delivering meals and offering condiments to guest so others who are less fortunate than themselves can get out of their situation.

The purpose of the organization is to assist families to get acclimated back into society, said founder Richard Allen Calvert.

Founded in 2002 by Calvert, an ordained AME minister, the Garland ministry began as an organization to help homeless men. However, due to the recent influx of homeless children and women, Calvert said the organization now assists families.

The ROC Crew has also partnered with other nonprofit organizations in the area, including Restoration Ministries in Fort Worth, Arlington Missions, Dallas International Street Church, and The Bridge.

The organization’s largest project is its Spiritual Enrichment And Life Development (SEALD) program. Based out of Crandall, the two-year program teaches homeless men how to transition out of their situation and into the work world.

“We teach stewardship and job skills where they can become skilled laborers when they get back into society, he said.

“We also offer peer-to-peer mentoring and, above all, discipleship as Jesus Christ told us to do,” said Calvert, who on the ministerial staff of All Nations Fellowship in Garland.

Calvert said after six months, the program participants’ transition out of the shelter and into off-site housing.

In addition to SEALD, the crew takes part in outreach programs in the community. ROC Crew partnered with Restoration Ministries of Fort Worth to hold a back-to-school party at West Point Pines Apartments in Fort Worth. Calvert said the Aug. 25 event is an extension of the Thanksgiving donations the crew provides to the residents of the apartment complex.

“There is a big need for financial resources to help the homeless,” Calvert said. “It is our responsibility to help them because they cannot help themselves.”

Calvert said he had no problem serving as a Sonic carhop on this hot Saturday. The cause is worthy to him and the others who joined him.

“We have gotten creative and intuitive with this, but we are intentional in our purpose,” he said.

To learn more about The ROC Crew Ministries, contact Calvert at 214-282-3273 or find them on Facebook and Twitter @MinistryRocCrew.

Marschall: I don’t want to get adjusted

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By Rick Marschall
Special to ASSIST News Service

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (ANS) — Hey, God. It’s Me Again. You know I realize the importance in approaching You in reverence and awe; and I usually do; and it often bothers me when Your people do not. But I need a little more of the way we can also approach You in prayer — I love that you have so many facets! — as if we are on a first-name basis. Which we are.

I have been seeking you hard this week, God. And when I have not prayed, I have the feeling that You have read my heart even better, anyway. And You have answered me in the thousand ways that You always surprise me. Remembering Your promises at odd moments. Hearing from friends who care. Catching an old favorite gospel song on the radio. Thinking of Bible verses I didn’t realize I had memorized… in fact, some of them I KNOW I had not memorized. How do You do that???

And then You spoke to me. No, I can’t tell whether You have a deep voice or a raspy one, or what accent You have. But I found myself KNOWING things, and knowing they were from You. They made sense, they brought me peace, and I could never have such wisdom on my own. Like the other day: I was thinking, with all my problems and frustrations and vulnerability and despair — the day I wanted to just get in a car and drive for three days, with no destination in mind — and, remember?, my cry that I felt like a faulty Christian? It had to come from You that I was not a faulty Christian, but in Your eyes, I was just… a Christian.

And then I felt I knew Your heart that no Christian is “just” a Christian, because that is the best You want for us! And I remembered that Your Word says that problems don’t evaporate when we accept Christ. You tell me they will even increase. I know that. But I have Your arm to lean on, a rod and staff to comfort me, a presence even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, that You are an ever-present help in times of trouble. God, I realized how cold and alone people who don’t know You must feel.

You have brought me peace. I thought a couple times that I understood it. But, you know, it passes understanding.

But in healing my hurts, in being a God who listens and whispers back, You brought me more than peace. You brought me miracles. You might not know this — well, I guess You do! — but I feel like real miracles have touched me now, at the end of this trial. You know what I mean:

I felt so “down”… and now I am filled with joy.

I have felt so dumb and acted so stupidly… but You gave me knowledge of so many profound truths.

I have been blind, and missed so many things right in front of me… but You made me see. Clearly.

I was not listening to You or Your promises or Your children in so many ways… but now I hear Your words, Your sweet music.

I have been lame, feeling crippled in my “walk” with You… but right about now, God, You have me dancing!

And something that’s hard to understand, and harder to explain to other people, is something else I KNOW is true. This has been a tough week, God, and I thank You for answering my prayers; but slap me silly if I ever pray again that I want to live in a world where these trials simply do not exist. In that kind of world I would never need to turn to You, or want to know You better, or feel Your love, or be touched by Your miracles. I don’t want to get adjusted to THAT world. With You just a prayer away, I’ll keep it right here.

And, God… thanks again.

Rick Marschall is the author of 65 books and hundreds of magazine articles in many fields, from popular culture (Bostonia Magazine called him “perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture”) to history and criticism; country music, television history, biography and children’s books. He is recipient of the 2008 “Christian Writer of the Year” award from the Greater Philadelphia Writer’s Conference, and produces a weekly e-mail devotional, “Monday Morning Music Ministry.” His e-mail address is: RickMarschall@gmail.com.

Ten commandments for letting go

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By Phyllis Jenkins
Special to Inside The Pew

Editor’s note: This copyrighted column is reprinted with the permission of the author.

As I thought about this season of Letting Go, I wanted to share the ‘Ten Commandments for Letting Go’ that I wrote back in 2009. You see, I had a difficult time letting our first born go away to college. Then, once I began to share my thoughts and feelings with other moms, I quickly found that I was not alone.

Thus was born this tool to help us let our children Go- Grow & Glow!

My prayer is that it will help you as much as it did me and many others.

Are you a parent with a child that has left home or is about to leave?

Are you having a tough time adjusting to this transitional stage of your life?

Then you will benefit greatly from the Ten Commandments for Letting Go.

Commandment I

Thou shall acknowledge that your child/children are a gift from God. He has allowed you to be the caretaker to nurture and prepare them to fulfill their purpose in life

Commandment II

Thou shall believe that this transition is a “successful accomplishment” in your child’s life. Be confident that the good work that God has begun in your child’s life will be completed

Commandment III

Thou shall identify and make a list of all the emotions associated with this ‘letting go’ process

Commandment IV

Thou shall ask God to remove all the negative emotions that are hindering you from completely supporting and encouraging your child (example: fear, guilt, shame, etc.)

Commandment V

Thou shall recognize and respect this as the beginning stage of your child’s adult independence.

Commandment VI

Thou shall acknowledge and accept your new relationship. It has moved from a Parent/Child-Caretaker relationship to an Adult/ Adult-Friend relationship.

Commandment VII

Thou shall accept the limitations that came with your new Adult/ Adult-Friend relationship. Therefore, accepting the challenge of offering no unsolicited advice.

Commandment VIII

Thou shall become the best Encourager and Mentor (not manipulator) that you can be. Start by focusing on your young adult’s strengths and not their weaknesses. Reassure them that you will always be there for them. Remember, every choice they make will not be a good one, but be there for them anyway.

Commandment IX

Thou shall take a self-examination by answering the following questions:

  1. Am I fulfilling the purpose in my life for which I was created? If the answer is no, pray for God to give you direction in this area.
  2. How can I strengthen existing relationships (spouse, children, parents, friends, etc.?)
  3. Are there new relationships that I need to cultivate?
  4. What goals have I not completed? What new goals do I need to pursue and fulfill?

Commandment X

Thou shall seek a ‘need’ (outside your own) and ‘fulfill it.’

Experience the great joy of being a blessing to others.

Over-comer, Believer, Dreamer, & Encourager are just a few words that describe Phyllis Jenkins. She is the founder and president of the Powerful Journey Organization, where she empowers women to live a balanced life by helping them: Find their Passion- Focus on What Matters Most and Flourish in their Calling. Phyllis is also the publisher of the Powerful Journey, an online magazine.  She inspires, equips and enlightens audiences of all ages through her practical and powerful presentations. With her captivating energy, she offers strategies which will fuel your Journey with Purpose, Preparation and Perseverance. Phyllis is confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6, NIV).

Max Lucado: A man who loves words

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By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ANS) — Texas-born author and pastor, Max Lucado, is a man who loves words – both spoken and written.

He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 100 million products-80 million books-filled with his words have been sold.

Max is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year* awards-in 1999 for Just Like Jesus, in 1997 for In the Grip of Grace, and in 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest magazine dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher” and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him “America’s Pastor.”

The product line for 3:16-The Numbers of Hope sold more than four million units worldwide, including one million units of the cornerstone trade book of the same title (released in September 2007), making it the fastest selling Lucado product in his career. His Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference (September 2010) hit both the Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestseller lists and has been featured on “Fox & Friends” and “CNN American Morning.” He has participated on the “Good Morning America” Christmas Day panel in 2009 and 2010.

His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts.

Max is also a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. He has been married to Denalyn Preston Lucado since 1981, and they have three grown daughters-Jenna, Andrea and Sara-and one son-in-law, Brett.

I caught up with this delightful man at the NRB 2012 Convention in Nashville, Tenn., where he shared about his life as a pastor, a missionary in Brazil and also as a best-selling author.

He began by talking about his latest book, Great Day Every Day (Thomas Nelson), saying, “You know I’m a pastor of a church I’ve been at the same church since 1988. It’s called Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and one of the things that I’ve noticed is that this basic fundamental challenge that people that people have trying to have a good day. You know it’s not easy, and I remember several years ago running into some of our members in a grocery store and saying, ‘How is your day going?’ and they gave me kind of a ho-hum answer.

“And the thought occurred to me was why can we not have a great day every day? If we’re children of God, couldn’t a Monday be a fun as a Saturday or a Sunday and couldn’t you know a deadline day be as satisfying as a holiday. I know it’s not that easy but I think that as children of God we can really get to the point where every day is a great day.”

Lucado went on to say that he had read the verse from Psalm 118:24 that said, “Today is the day that the Lord has made …”

“Every word of that verse is helpful when you know that today is the day God has made — not some days are days that God has made but God makes every day. So that means that every day has the potential of being a good day. Then he says, ‘I will rejoice and be glad in it.’ The psalmist made a decision the that he was going to rejoice in this day, not after this day, not once I get through this day, but right in the middle of this day ‘I’m going to rejoice and be glad in it.’ So all your readers right now could say, ‘OK, God made this day. I didn’t make it like this but God did, so I’m going to rejoice and be glad in it.”

How does he describe his writing style?

“I like to write books for people who don’t like to read books,” he laughed. “I have such high regard for academic writers. I loved, for example, reading John Stott’s books through the years and how helpful they were. I feel like I try to write books for people who find academic books a little to meaty and so I’m thinking, ‘What can I say for the person who drives a truck, to a busy mom and how can I take this message and put it put the cookies on the lower shelf so we can all have access to them.'”

If you would like to hear the audio version of this interview, please go to: http://www.assist-ministries.com/FrontPageRadio/FPR08.12.12MaxLucadoMono.mp3

Poll: Hardin-Simmons volleyball team to retain title

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Two-time defending American Southwest Conference volleyball champions Hardin-Simmons is the preseason choice to win the ASC West Division and HSU senior Madison Reyes and junior Christine Sas have been named the preseason offensive and defensive players of the year in the division.

The Cowgirls went 29-6 in 2011 and won the ASC title. HSU received 11 of the 12 votes in the poll of the leagues head coaches and sports information directors and had 71 total poll points. Texas Lutheran received the only other first-place vote and was a distant second with 60 points.

Concordia, Schreiner, Howard Payne, and Sul Ross State rounded out the poll.

Reyes, who was the league MVP as a junior outside hitter, led the ASC with 3.84 kills per set a year ago. She was also the MVP of the ASC tournament.

“It is an honor, I think preparation is a lot of what went into,” said Reyes. “I want to work hard for my team to keep the honor.”

Sas, who is also an outside hitter, averaged 3.77 digs per set and also had 2.84 kills per set and led the league with 58 aces.

“It is really exciting, because I take a lot of pride in my defense,” said Sas. “As a non-defensive player, it is nice to be recognized.”

Texas-Dallas was the preseason pick to win the ASC East. UTD’s Dana Hilzendager was the preseason offensive player of the year in the ASC East and Texas-Tyler’s Emily Wood was the preseason defensive player of the year.

‘Fireproof’ marriages conference slated for Oct. 6 in Fort Worth

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By Donald Lee
Special to Inside The Pew

The movie “Fireproof,” starring Kirk Cameron, opens with the scene that shows Cameron’s character, Fire Capt. Caleb Holt, reprimanding a subordinate after they return from fighting a fire.

“Eric, he’s got a right to be upset with you,” the captain says immediately after another fireman rebukes that subordinate, Eric Harmon (Jason McLeod). “You left him in a dangerous spot and tried to be a hero.”

“But Captain,” Eric responds, “I thought I heard someone calling for help.”

“It was coming from outside the building,” the captain interjects.

“But it was so dark, I mean I couldn’t see anything,” Eric tries to explain.

That’s why you stay with your partner,” the captain says. “He had no choice but to assume that something happened to you and you needed his help. You never leave your partner — especially in a fire.

“You give him some time and then give him an apology,” he says. “And make it sincere.”

“Yes, Sir,” Eric responds.

Capt. Holt pats Eric on the back and then walks off.

While the captain approaches his job of putting out literal fires with great passion and wisdom, the film is about how he lacks that same zeal and is ignorant when it comes to extinguishing the metaphoric fires that threaten his marriage.

This movie is an accurate depiction of so many real-life marriages. Husbands and wives, in many marital relationships, put their hearts and souls into their careers or rendering aid to others while failing to protect their own “partners” in marriage.

For reasons such as this, the Christian Couples Conference in the Fort Worth area I co-sponsor with faith-based counselor Aimee Colbert is held quarterly. The conference, slated for Oct. 6 at Grace Church in Haltom City, just north of Fort Worth, will highlight ways couples can “fireproof” their marriages. This will be the second conference; the first was on July 7.

Bishop Lynn Morrison Jr., senior pastor of Word of Faith Christian Church in Baton Rouge, La., will be the guest speaker. The topics he will teach on are “Fireproofing Your Marriage” and “Teen Dating.” Bishop Morrison and his wife, JoAnn, have been married 40 years and have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.

Colbert will speak on “The Mistress’ Mindset,” which addresses identifying which women are at risk of becoming mistresses. She will offer her expertise on how to help habitual mistresses escape that behavioral pattern.

Baton Rouge gospel recording artist Anita Jarrell-Robertson, known for her hit single “Even Me,” will perform at the conference.

For more information about the daylong conference, including free registration and session times, visit Christian Couples Conference, or call Colbert at 817-564-5289.

The conference is for married couples, singles and divorcees.

92-year-old grandma stops attacker with Jesus

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By Mark Ellis
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS) – She faithfully reads her Bible every day and takes Jesus everywhere she goes. Her bold, faith-filled witness helped stop a would-be mugger in his tracks.

“Pauline Jacobi had just finished putting her groceries in her car at Wal Mart,” reported Nick Paranjape, with WMC TV in Memphis, Tenn. Only seconds after Jacobi got in her car a man jumped into the front passenger seat.

“I have a gun and I’ll shoot if you don’t give me money,” the man said.

Jacobi firmly said “no” to the man three times, and then she started to talk to him about her faith. “If you kill me, I’ll go to heaven and you’ll go to hell,” she said. “Jesus is in this car and he goes with me everywhere I go.”

Something about her words penetrated the man’s soul. As he looked away from Jacobi, tears began to form in his eyes.

“Jacobi ministered to the man for 10 minutes inside her car,” according to WMC TV.

After a few moments of introspection, the man told Jacobi, “I think I’ll go home tonight and pray.

“You can pray anytime you want to,” Jacobi replied. She reached into her purse and voluntarily gave the man everything she had left — $10.

Tears rolled down the man’s cheeks as he reached out sheepishly and took her money.

“Don’t you spend it on whisky,” she told him.

The man thanked her and quickly leaned over and kissed Jacobi on the cheek. Then he walked away.

“Police are still searching for the man who tried to rob her,” reports Nick Paranjape, with WMC TV.

Book review: ‘Fresh Hope … Cleveland’ quite resourceful

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Nearly nine years ago, Cleveland author Nanci J. Gravill was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, she was unable to return to her temporary job. Since she could not work, Gravill was left to live off money generated from investments and retirement. The best course for Gravill was to seek assistance for community resources. By reaching out, she found more than outside help. Gravill discovered a new course that allowed her to cope with her condition and learn how to put all her trust in God.

The end result of her experience is the release, Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times  (West Bow Press, $19.99 perfect bound softcover; $3.99 eBook).

Within its pages the reader will find inventive ways to manage those challenges along with money-saving tips, healthcare services, job and mortgage information, and more. At the core, readers will discover (or re-discover) the most important resource once could ever possess: a relationship with God.

“Prayer is the simply talking to God and telling Him how you feel and what you need. Your words do not have to be fancy or in any particular fashion. … Prayer is the most powerful resource you possess. Cast all your cares on God because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7),” Gravill writes in the introduction of part 3, “More Fresh Hope Resources.

While the book includes a bevy of information for individuals seeking community assistance in Cleveland, Gravill said the content is easily adjustable to fit residents in any large, metropolitan city.

“All the resources in the book came from my modern-day Job experience. Even though there are some resources that seem to be just for my area, they will still point someone needing help in the right direction. All they will have to do to find the location in their city is look in the phone book or Google the facility and such!”

The greatest asset of the Fresh Hope … Cleveland is its emphasis on reflection and reconnection. Gravill includes several of Workspace forms to allow readers to chronicle their thoughts on the section’s topic. One cannot help but to be moved by the form in part 4, “Record To Day To Remember.” In it, Gravill challenges readers to ponder the day Christ came into their hearts.

“If you’ve gone to church but have never heard about knowing God personally and having a personal relationship with Him, please take a comfortable seat and let me tell you about the best friend you could ever have!” she divulges in “Something More.”

If anything, Gravill leaves readers with the sense they can survive any situation by believing in Him and by calling on those who show love for their fellow-man through their generous acts. The book is well-balanced and conveys the love Christ has for us is unwavering, we just need to reach out for it.

NFL Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly shares parenting plays

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By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ANS) – NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly shares fatherhood advice in his new book, The Playbook for Dads – with Ted Kluck – (FaithWords/Hachette Book Group, September 2012).

Kelly, who spent 11 eleven seasons as quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, helped lead the team to the playoffs eight times, including four Super Bowls.

The Kellys have shared Hunter’s story all over the world and in Jill’s book, Without a Word. Relaying insider information on his toughest job, Kelly tackles 10 important lessons that fathers should be sharing with their children.

“Being a father is hard work,” writes Kelly. “It’s hard work just like being a quarterback was hard, relentless work … But I can honestly say that it’s the greatest, most important job in the world.”

According to a news release, relating personal experiences on and off the field to fatherhood, Kelly walks fathers through his game plan, challenging them to coach their children through 10 important lessons: thankfulness, confidence, respect, preparation, passion, perseverance, character, responsibility, teamwork, and spiritual life.

“It seems like many of these principles are fading away in our society, and I think it’s our job as fathers to preserve them and pass them along to our children,” writes Kelly. In September 1997, three months after their infant son, Hunter, was diagnosed with a fatal disease, Jim and his wife, Jill, founded the Hunter’s Hope Foundation. Sadly, Hunter died at age 8 from Krabbe diesease.

Each parenting lesson begins with a letter to his late son and ends with a letter to his two daughters, Cam and Erin. Kelly shares details of his and his wife Jill’s journey to Christianity after the passing of their son, and how that experience has changed their lives for the better – forever. FaithWords publishes books for the growing inspirational market.

Based near Nashville, Tenn., FaithWords has grown dramatically by acquiring a solid list of faith-building fiction and high-profile authors with edifying messages, including best-selling authors Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, John Eldredge, and David Jeremiah. Several FaithWords titles have appeared on national best-seller lists, most recently Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen, Living Beyond Your Feelings by Joyce Meyer and I Never Thought I’d See the Day! by David Jeremiah.

Opinion: Why your single moms ministry won’t grow

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By Jennifer Maggio
Special to Inside The Pew

The Life of a Single Mom Ministriesexists so that no single mom walks alone, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or story. Our passion is to see single mothers connected to the house of God, thriving and flourishing to live the life He intended. One way we do that is by helping churches establish long-term, healthy single moms support groups or ministries.
I consider it an honor and privilege to work beside some of largest churches and nonprofits in the world. In doing so, I have found some things that may hinder your single moms’ ministry from growing and I wanted to share them with you (and hope we have your permission to be brutally honest):
  1. Ministering only to single moms within your church will prohibit your ministry from growing. Sixty-seven percent of single moms are outside your church walls, so be sure to welcome in the community.
  2. Failing to provide a free meal and free childcare will hinder growth within your ministry. Single moms are busy and often do not have the time or money to provide childcare themselves for a Bible study. In addition, providing a meal is a great way to bless the moms and their children. (Read the book, The Church and the Single Mom by Jennifer Maggio, for ways to provide this at little to no cost.)
  3. Your meetings drone on and on. We suggest meetings to last only 90 mintues. Single moms are busy and need to be able to plan their schedule for themselves and their children.
  4. You are trying to integrate a single mom’s group on a Wednesday night or Sunday morning service. Weekday meetings are extremely hard for single parents who are juggling full-time jobs, soccer practice, second jobs, homework, and night classes. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights are, by far, the best nights for single moms to get out. (No homework for kids, no night-time classes, no work the next day, etc).
  5. You are afraid to change. I once heard a dynamic speaker say, “When women’s ministries turn into women’s miseries, it is time for a change.” The same is true for single moms ministries. Your church may have been doing the same thing for single moms, the same way, for 15 years. It may be time to shake it up a bit. Have some fun. Have some giggles. Give your ministry a face lift.
  6. You need to plan an “event” to get the single moms in your church and community excited. There is no better way to attract some new faces (and regain some old ones) than to have a single moms’ conference, night of beauty, night of worship, game night, or something similar.
  7. Your leadership isn’t diversified. In order to reach all single moms from all backgrounds and stories, it is important that the key leaders and volunteers within the ministry are diversified. For example, if you have exclusively 40-something divorcees in leadership positions, do not be surprised if teen moms aren’t interested. We all want to know that someone understands our story. And when a new single mom walks into your ministry, she wants to see someone in the room who looks like her. It is a simple, but true statement.
  8. The ministry leader for your single moms ministry needs equipping. Maybe she’s tired and needs some more volunteers. Maybe she was never properly trained on how to lead women. Maybe there is a wonderful teacher waiting to “bud”, but she hasn’t found her voice yet and needs some encouragement on how to do that. Or … .maybe the wrong leader is leading within the ministry. Maybe her time has drawn to a close and God is moving her into a new season of life. This last fact cannot be determined without great prayer, but it is crucial in the survival and thriving of your single moms’ ministry. Sometimes as ministry leaders who are desperate for workers (the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…), we don’t diligently seek God about who the right person is for the job. Consequently, we have some misplaced leaders within single moms’ ministries who really need to be replaced. When done properly, this is beautiful for all involved, as it frees the current leader to fulfill the role God called her to, and it allows the new leader to also fulfill her role.
Jennifer Maggio is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on single parent issues. She is an award-winning author and speaker who travels the country sharing her own riveting story. She has been featured on countless radio and television programs, and founded The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, to equip the body of Christ on how to best meet the needs of single parent families. For more information on running an effective single moms ministry, please visit http://www.thelifeofasinglemom.com.
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