Pay it Forward

Have you ever felt like a unicorn?  That’s a weird statement, but oftentimes, as women in ministry, that is what we are treated as. I have been to many an event where I look around and see many men in the room and very little women who I can connect with ministry-wise. I have spent […]

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Raising Our Own (ornery) Kids

“No, I Don’t Love Babies!” This past June our second child, Baby C, was being baptized in the church. It’s two weeks before our scheduled baptism and my husband and I see another baby being baptized. It was beautiful. And the Pastor says to the older sibling, about 4, “do you love Jesus”. “Yes I […]

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Enneagram 9 (and in youth ministry)

Enneagram 9’s are peacemakers. Our ideal world is one where relationships are restored and everyone works together in harmony. We long for shalom, or relationships restored to how they should be. My first real encounter with the Enneagram happened because of a course I was taking for school. A group of us did some reading, […]

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Enneagram 8 (and in youth ministry)

Enneagram 8’s are also known as THE CHALLENGER. THE CONFRONTER. I am OBSESSED with personality tests, as I’ve always felt misunderstood and grasping for anything that can help me understand myself and how to communicate with other people. And especially as an 8, understanding my Enneagram type has been crucial to understanding who I am […]

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Enneagram 7 (and in youth ministry)

“Let’s do all the things! And have as much fun as possible while doing it” – Enneagram Sevens Everywhere In case you are new to the Enneagram or have only spent time looking at your number allow, me to provide you with a very simple description of what it’s like to be a seven. Seven’s […]

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Enneagram 6 (and in youth ministry)

As youth ministry leaders, we can use the Enneagram to better understand the needs of our volunteers. The health of our ministries is largely determined by how engaged our volunteers are, and it’s important to understand that each volunteer needs something different in order to fully engage. Enneagram Sixes specifically thrive in ministries that value […]

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Enneagram 5 (and in youth ministry)

I am a Five on the enneagram. Fives are known for their knowledge seeking and tend to be more observers than anything else. I would also wager that fives are one of the most confused groups in the Enneagram. The majority of fives are introverts, yet when under stress become a seven (high functioning, life […]

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