Leading and Loving It: Encouragement for Pastors' Wives and Women in Leadership

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Being a woman in ministry, whether you are partnering with your husband in his calling or serving in your own leadership role, is challenging. While serving as mentors, counselors, advisors, and even cheerleaders, women carry numerous responsibilities. Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson know about this first-hand as the wives of two well-known pastors in America.

Everyone has an image in their mind of what they think a pastor's wife should be. The trouble with this picture is that it has never been and never will be accurate. Ministry wives and female ministry leaders face the same real-life struggles as their church members, but have the added stress of sharing in everyone's burdens as well. They are held to impossible standards by those they serve, and the more this ideal of women in leadership is expected, the more we turn up the intensity in the pressure cooker that is life in ministry.

In LEADING AND LOVING IT, Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson offer a support system to help women make connections to get the encouragement that sustains them and become equipped for the ministry God has called them to pursue. They give readers tools for understanding that external pressures and expectations are only important if they fall in line with what God intends for your life and ministry and they give answers for how to deal with criticism, isolation, finding your personal calling, and what happens when you reach a place of burn-out, and more.
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Lori Wilhite serves alongside her husband Jud who is the Senior Pastor at Central Christian in Las Vegas; the nineth largest church in America. She founded Leading and Loving It in 2008 out of a desire to create a community for women in ministry. Lori is a contributor to Catalyst Leadership blog and has spoken at numberous conferences including Catalyst and Velocity. Jud and Lori have two children and make their home in Henderson, NV.

Brandi Wilson is the wife of Pete who is the Senior Pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, the multi-site church they planted in 2002. It has grown to have an average attendance of 5,000 every week and is one of the top ten fastest growing churches in America. She is the co-leader of Leading and Loving It and regularly blogs for L&L, as well as for Catalyst and Tommy Mommy. She has spoken at numerous conferences including Saddleback's Radicalis, LifeWay and Velocity. Brandi and Pete have three sons and make their home in Nashville, TN.
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Aug 6, 2013
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Religion / Christian Church / Leadership
Religion / Christian Life / Women's Issues
Religion / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources
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