Leaders

A Sign for the Times

Sandy Wisdom-Martin with multiuse handheld sign

Do not judge. I am well aware I have lived in Birmingham for nearly 4 years and numerous boxes in the barn are yet to be unpacked. Several of my events were canceled this spring because of the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis. I found myself with a free Saturday, and the guilt of an overwhelming task too long-delayed won out. Most of the once cherished treasures landed in the giveaway stack. When I saw the sensory box and the multiuse handheld sign, my eyes lit up.

5 Things a Leader Should Say Every Day

female leader talking at team meeting

Leading is not done in isolation, is it? As you work with church staff and other missions advocates, it is important to be aware of what is going on while you’re leading and teaching. What you say can often “make or break” your effectiveness. You must communicate clearly and often.

You Need Missions Leader

smiling woman holding Missions Leader

You read that right. There is not an a missing in that statement. Of course, you need a missions leader (or leaders) in your church—and your leader needs Missions Leader.

Annie Armstrong: The “Mastermind” behind WMU

Annie Armstrong portrait

Annie Armstrong is one of the most well-known names in all of Southern Baptist history. Born in Baltimore on July 11, 1850, Annie spent most of her life working from her hometown.

Letting Go of Leadership: Painful but Necessary

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In 2017, I spent weeks (months?) wrestling with the decision to retire as executive director of Kentucky WMU. I loved my job, was in good health, and had good relationships in my setting. Yet there was a nagging in my soul that it was time.

Leadership = Relationship

team leader talking with diverse coworkers at meeting

Some things just go together, don’t they? Salt and pepper; socks and shoes; pins and needles; nuts and bolts; and cake and ice cream. We have visual associations with pairs of items like bride and groom, paper and pencil, and hugs and kisses. Thinking along similar lines, it’s difficult to think about leaders without thinking about their relationships.

WMU: Making Disciples of Jesus Who Serve as They Lead

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Serving is the new leading. That’s what the cover of a secular leadership magazine boldly proclaimed in 2019.

How to Say “WMU Appreciates You” to Your Missions Leaders

woman's hands with a thank-you note

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” That’s how Paul began his letter to the church at Philippi. It’s a good model to follow when it comes to your church’s missions leaders. And as Paul did, let them know you appreciate them.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Missions Leaders

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It’s that time of year again when we look ahead and begin to imagine all the possibilities of a new year. We set goals and create action steps in the hopes we will be able to accomplish big things. We also set resolutions that will help us improve our lives.

8 Lessons in Communication

hands showing different ways of communicating like mail, phone, or internet

I’ve served on state WMU staffs for more than 36 years, and I’ve learned some lessons about communication through the years.

 

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