Coffee Talk: Troubled Minds and the Church’s Mission

Amy Simpson photoSometimes we don’t want to talk about hard things. Then something like a September 11th or a Rwanda genocide crisis or the reality of those violently subjected to human trafficking comes right to our doorstep to remind us that we are not invincible and we are in desperate need of God’s grace…and such is the case with the topic of mental illness. The Sandy Hook murders and suicidal death of Mega-church pastor, Rick Warren’s son has brought the topic of mental illness to the church’s doorsteps and we can no longer avoid the conversation. Since I’m no expert on the topic, I have invited my writing friend and Gifted for Leadership editor, Amy Simpson, to educate us about mental illness. In her new book, Troubled Minds, she shares the mental struggles of a person she deeply loves, her mom. In this post, Amy answers the questions: What should we look for? What can we do to embrace our brothers and sisters who are suffering in this way? What does their suffering teach us about ourselves and the gospel?

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Stop all the Fighting: Leadership is About Gifts & Giving

I wanted to close out our Gifted to Lead discussion by featuring the voice of a woman with whom I share a passion. Amy Simpson understands that women are gifted to lead for God’s glory alone. Through her writing and editing at Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership, she leads and encourages women on this great journey. 

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Are You Wearing the Wrong Clothes?

I’m up on Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership blog today:

I like fashion. When I am away with my family and retreating on vacation from the mundanes of life, I gravitate to the style shows. One of my favorites is the show What Not to Wear. The show begins with a human project, someone whose life is not reaching its full potential because of the inappropriate way she physically presents herself to the world. The human projects are recommended to the show by family members and friends who love these fashion misfits. They know the hearts of the misfits and are concerned, knowing that many people will not take time to look beyond the physical and really get to know their loved ones well. So they arrange a fashion intervention which reinvents the human project’s closet: out with the old wardrobe and in with the new.

The entire experiment begins with two stylists informing the human project of what not to wear and why. After several years of ministry and as I enter my final full year of seminary, I have often thought about the concept of this show. One of the common questions people ask seminary students is “What do you want, or plan, to do after seminary?” For a while, I simply answered with “I don’t know,” but now I’m beginning to ponder more seriously. Questions of vocation and calling should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, in the ministry, I observe too many leaders who walk around like fashion misfits—good-hearted people wearing the wrong “clothes.”

As a young minister, I don’t want to put on the wrong clothes. Continue reading at Gifted for Leadership.