A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Mentoring and Leadership

Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

Episode features a conversation with Nancy Beach, we talk about the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements, the fears of women in leadership, what pastors need to know, and our hope for the future.

Nancy Beach is most known for her groundbreaking ministry to more fully unleash the arts in the local church, and for leading artists with grace, wisdom, and skill.  For over 20 years she served as the Programming Director of Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago, building a community of artists who sought to create transformational moments in weekend church services. Nancy also served as a Teaching Pastor, periodically bringing the weekend message.  She invested five years as a leadership team member of the Willow Creek Association, an organization that exists to envision and inspire church leaders all over the world. In over 26 countries and on 6 continents, Nancy has shared her passion, teaching at conferences and workshops. Nancy and her husband Warren live in the village of Barrington, Illinois with their adorable dog, Beanie. Their two daughters, Samantha and Johanna, are both artists. Connect with Nancy at her website.

Find out more about Nancy’s coaching circles by visiting the Slingshot Group.

Featured resource: Nancy’s book, Gifted to Lead, is a classic work to guide us in critical leadership conversations that are still facing the church and the world.

Chapter Outline: God Didnt’ Make a Mistake, Welcome to the Boys’ Club, Doing the Work, Running with the Big Boys, And Then We Had Kids!, Finding Your Voice, An Open Letter to Male Pastors, and Leaning on Your Tribe.

WOMEN LEADERS THROUGHOUT HISTORY

Nancy wishes that everyone knew these fabulous women who lead:

Deborah in the Bible

Eleanor Roosevelt

Michelle Obama

Katherine Graham

Recommended Reading: Can the Church Lead the Way (Women in Leadership)

What leadership or mentoring challenges are you facing? How has this conversation benefited your work or ministry context?

When Women Remain Silent: Putting an end to #MeToo and #ChurchToo

Silence

I’ve had some pretty intense conversations over the past few months. As 2017 drew to a close, I was talking with a woman leader in the church who said, “This is the year that began with a women’s protest march and ended with the #MeToo hashtag.” The latter has led to the downfall of several powerful and rich men who had histories of sexually preying upon women.

Change happened because the women were no longer quiet, because sins were exposed and because the consequences of not dealing with that exposure far outweighed the temptation to deny or cover it up.

As I watched the domino effect in several professional arenas, I grew concerned that the church is often complicit to the same soul debilitating sins of sexual predators by coming to the defense of men in the pulpit, at the workplace and in their own homes while at the same time enforcing the silence of women or covering up the sin.

Continue reading my column at Outreach Magazine.