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JustONE … in Just One More Week

Woo-hoo! We are less than two weeks away from the launch of JustONE our Virtual Conference for Pastors’ Wives and Women in Ministry.

Here are the top 10 great things about JustONE.

10. You don’t have to arrange childcare … unless you count putting an episode of Dora on to help entertain.

9. It costs nothing … nada … zip … zero. Yep, it is totally free.

8. You don’t have to travel. Airplanes aren’t nearly as comfy as your couch.

7. You’ll get to hear from some amazing leaders … amazing. Trust me in this.

6. There will be two … count them … two opportunities to participate every Tuesday.

5. You can get some primo typing practice while you are chatting it up in the chat room.

4. You can drink in mass amount of encouragement.

3. We’ll be talking about relationships & criticism, marriage, family, time & balance, growth and passion.

2. Your husband will wish he could  join in.

1. It is going to be epic … amazing … fabulous … and all-around, pretty darn great.

So join us each Tuesday and Wednesday September 7th-October 13th at 12pm EST/9am PST OR 9pm EST/ 6pmPST.

There is no need to register, but if you do we will be able to send you reminder emails before each session.

So invite your friends along, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

When the Virtual World Meets the Real World …

One of our main goals around here is to build a community of Pastors’ Wives and Women in Ministry. We have personally seen virtual friendships transition into real world friendships even among the the six of us. For instance, I met Brandi and Tiffany totally online but now often talk on the phone, text, and TokBox with them. I’ve even gotten to be with them in person, hug their necks, and hang out. That community with other Pastors’ Wives around the country has been a lifeline for me.

So … when I heard that two of the awesome ladies from around here had not only connected virtually but also got to meet in person, I was absolutely thrilled. And … if I’m honest … a little jealous! 🙂

When Joy agreed to let  me interview her a few months ago, I bet she had no idea that it would open a door to connect with another fellow Pastor’s Wife, Stephanie.

Here is how their first time meeting went in their own words:

Joy: She walked around the corner in our foyer, and there was instant connection! It wasn’t weird to worship together, to hear the Word together, to stand around and just chat. I honesty could have stayed all afternoon! You can tell she’s the bubbly person in any room she walks into. I love it!  (You can read the rest here.)

Steph: Welp…today was the day…I got to hug Joy’s neck…meet her hubby & her adorable children! Matt & I took the kids to their church where Cory is the student pastor & I got to sit next to her & worship the Lord with her!! There is an instant connection between Pastor’s wives that no one else can understand…unless you are one.  (You can read the rest here.)

If you ever get to turn these virtual friendships into real world ones, we want to hear about it. Send us links and pictures so we can post here or on the Facebook Group page.

In the next year we will offering some cool opportunities to make these real world connections become reality. Stay tuned for details.

Q&A … Growing Up

Q: Give us a little insight into each of your backgrounds … what kind of family did you grow up in and how do you think that effects you as a PW? (stephtmomof3)

Lori: My dad is an engineer, and mom was a dental assistant. They are amazing Christians. And while we were very involved in church, I really had no idea what ministry was like or that I would marry a pastor … and I’ve been trying to figure out this whole ministry/leadership thing ever since. But my parents say that I have a “strong personality” so maybe that helps me in leadership some. On a side note, my brother is a pastor as well, so my parents obviously did something really right. I should probably figure that out!

In general I was a good, rule-following kind of kid, but I’ve always had a heart for the underdog … the down and outs. So, I guess when you mix that with my wonderful husband (former drug addict) we make for a good team here in Vegas.

Brandi: I grew up in a Christian home and was raised in a very traditional church. Growing up church was just part of our life. It wasn’t really something we “had” to do, but something we “chose” to do. I have very positive childhood memories … however, when it came to actually marrying a pastor I had to say I wasn’t really feeling it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to fit in the role known as pastor’s wife. Luckily, over the years I’ve been blessed to serve in churches where I didn’t have to fit a role, but rather the role fit me, my gifts, and my passions.

Jessica: I grew up in a very conservative/protective Christian home. Best word picture – I wore gauchos at one of my private schools (and they were not cool then.) All joking aside, it gave me a STRONG spiritual foundation for ministry! When I feel Satan attacking, I always remind myself that God didn’t invest all those years of Biblical training for me to back down now!

Lisa: I grew up in a Christian home. My parents were Christian school teachers when I was younger, and then my dad went to seminary. He was not a lead pastor, but he served in different support staff pastoral roles from the time I was in middle school. I think growing up the way I did made the transition into ministry in my own life not seem very foreign. My parents always viewed being in ministry as a blessing and a privilege so I have a very healthy, positive view of ministry.

Tiffany: I grew up as a Pastor’s Kid. It prepared me for the reality of ministry both good and bad. Nothing surprises me, and I guess that’s good.

What is your background and how does it impact you as a leader today?

Living in Style …

Welcome to our new site! So glad that you are here.

In case you don’t know, Leading and Loving It is a community that connects, encourages, and supports pastors’ wives and women in ministry.

Please look around … make yourself at home. See all of the new and exciting stuff that we have. We will be adding even more new things over the next few weeks.

You can subscribe by clicking the orange icon at the top of this page.

You’ll be able to share posts by clicking this icon at the end of each post.

You can also now reply directly to other comments.

People have asked how to get their picture next to their comment. You can do that at Gravatar.com. And we would love to see your cute, shiny face next to your thoughts. It helps all get to know each other a bit better.

We have a wonderous Event Registration system that will help us tremendously when it comes to all of the events that we do around here.

We are very thankful to Plainjoe Studios for their great design work which is letting us live in style. You guys are great.

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Looking forward to the things to come!