Growing In Christ

Five Healthy Boundaries in Ministry

Few jobs bring more satisfaction than serving others in ministries that bring glory to God. Words of advice from experienced leaders can empower those who are just getting started in those ministries.

For my husband and me, the longer we served overseas, the more we enjoyed our work. Nothing compares to doing life in another culture. Yet, we could not have made it without the guidance of those who had already been serving there.

Uncovering the Calm in Chaos

At least once a week I sit and find a calm moment on a bench dedicated to a godly woman I never met, Kaye Shipley. I came to know who she was through her husband, Mark, who didn’t know me, but still drove out of his way to pick me up in St. Louis. Oddly, I met him again in the parking lot of the national WMU building in Birmingham, Alabama. That’s how I learned about the family connection to the bench in the memorial garden at our office.

Attracting People to Christ: Your Signature Scent

Smells affect us in different ways. In our little neighborhood, a steak grilling at the neighbor’s house makes us want to invite ourselves to dinner. The connection between memory and our sense of smell allows us to associate places and events with different scents. I like the smell of cinnamon at Christmas and watermelon in the summer, but there are certain smells that trigger bad memories and even danger, such as the smell associated with natural gas.

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