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Finding calling is difficult. For this conversation, we gathered women church planters to hear their stories of finding and living out their callings. We provide practical resources and next steps for women feeling called to plant churches and men who are mentoring women planters to be sent out. What You'll Learn: What the discernment process looks like for church planters Tools for self-awareness The different competencies for church planters and pastors “You have to lead as who you are” —Trish Ryan "Part of the discernment process is listening to what other people say as well. Sometimes we think we know, but other people might see some of the things we don't see." —Chalane Coit Timeline: 6:26 What the discernment process looked like for our panelists 23:30 Competencies for church planters versus pastors 31:19 Tools for gaining self-awareness 37:11 Helpful training options 46:03 Bivocational planting 51:29 Motherhood and church planting 54:54 When is it the right time to plant Next Steps: For those...

One of the cores to a healthy church is teaching the community through preaching. Watch this conversation on how to hone your best message and find your voice while preaching. What You'll Learn: The importance of knowing your audience and finding your voice Tools to use for preparing sermons How to spend your sermon prep time “It's not just about passing along information. This is about aligning our lives in obedience to Jesus.” —Michael Gatlin Watch the Full Recording “Through preaching, the audience has to see that the kingdom life is plausible. —Andy Smith Listen to the Full Audio  [audio m4a="http://vineyardwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Vineyard-Preaching-Essentials-audio_only.m4a"][/audio] Timeline:The purpose of preaching 10:30 Finding your voice 21:00 Knowing your audience 24:50 How to handle critique 26:57 How to spend your prep time 33:33 Planning your preaching calendar 36:26 The most impactful sermon series' 40:00 Balancing your Time 42:16 Tools to use 46:10 Illustration and application ...

What does it mean to learn the Bible through the lens of Kingdom theology? Rachel Dawson shares a sermon titled, "Excluded are Included." Luke & Acts-Excluded Are Included (Week 4) from Greeley Vineyard on Vimeo.   ABOUT THE SPEAKER   Rachel Dawson is an assistant pastor at the Greeley Vineyard Church in Greeley, Colorado.  ...

Amanda Clark shares a Mother's Day sermon on Genesis 1-3, on the creation of woman, (the ezer) based around the book, Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James. Amanda looks at our identity and our value given by our God who named us after Himself. [audio mp3="http://vineyardwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Who-Tells-Me-Who-I-Am-.mp3"][/audio] Original Link   ABOUT THE SPEAKER   Amanda Clark is a connection leader at the Vine Goshen Vineyard Church.  ...

My Christian leadership journey began deep in the trenches of the New Age movement. I worked with a bestselling author and planned my life via Feng Shui and Astrology. God was like a kindly grandfather I checked in with most days, who had (it seemed) left a series of complex, esoteric roadmaps for how to make life work. As I learned different spiritual techniques, I taught others. Were you to walk into a happy hour in Philadelphia in the mid-90s, you’d have likely seen me at the bar, sketching plans on a cocktail napkin to help a friend Feng Shui their apartment. My mentor was a woman, as were most of the authors and speakers I admired. It never occurred to me I couldn’t follow in their footsteps. I led workshops at yoga studios with titles like “Feminine Magnetic Power.” But I...

Cindy Nicholson shares a sermon entitled, The Mighty Comfort of God from  The Book of Isaiah:  God’s Plan for a World Falling Apart. [audio mp3="http://vineyardwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-08-13_mighty-comfort-god.mp3"][/audio] Original Link   ABOUT THE SPEAKER   Cindy Nicholson is a Connecticut Yankee who has found herself for more than three decades living by the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Having married her husband Steve three years into the planting of what is now Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston, she has lived all her married life intimately involved with church planting and church life. Cindy is a teaching pastor at Evanston Vineyard and oversees the prayer teams and intercession ministries. Until 2011 she served on the national board of the Vineyard USA, most recently co-leading a task force on women and pastoral ministry. Cindy and Steve have three children, all now married with children of their own.  ...

I grew up with a strong feminist mother in a liberal home. My mother had been a Methodist but had abandoned her faith in her 20s. She always talked about empowering me. She taught me that I didn’t need to be ashamed of being a strong woman. She told me that I had the freedom to be whoever I wanted to be and do what I wanted to do. (She even sat me down when I was 13 to let me know if I decided to start having sex, just to let her know so she could get me on birth control.) I was naturally a rebellious child, and in many ways, I responded by rejecting much of her liberal worldview. I didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, and certainly didn’t have sex. When I decided to start following Jesus in my teenage...

Melody Winderweedle shares a sermon on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan women at the well in John 4. [audio mp3="http://vineyardwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017.06.25-A-Scandalous-Encounter-John-4-Melody-Edit.mp3"][/audio] Original Link   ABOUT THE SPEAKER      Melody Winderweedle and her husband Bud pastor the Vineyard Chattanooga.    ...

Marie Lancaster shares what it means to live a "normal" Christian life. [audio mp3="http://vineyardwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/031917.mp3"][/audio]     ABOUT THE SPEAKER Marie Lancaster serves as Co-Senior Pastor with her husband, Duke. She is from southern Indiana and is the daughter of an Assembly of God Pastor. She is a powerful speaker and teacher and has proven herself as an administrator in both secular and Christian organizations. Her team building skills have allowed Marie to be an effective leader and she has helped develop and oversee children's and women's ministries at the Vineyard over the years. Marie has served in nearly every aspect of ministry and is highly respected for her leadership. Marie was ordained in 2007. She works full-time at the church. She and Duke have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.      ...