Women & Work: Stepping into Kingdom Productivity
#27 Melissa Kruger, LIVE at Cultivate Conference

#27 Melissa Kruger, LIVE at Cultivate Conference

June 29, 2022

On this episode of the Women & Work podcast Courtney Moore and Missie Branch interview Melissa Kruger, Director of Women's Content at The Gospel Coalition. This episode was recorded live at Cultivate Conference in March of 2022 at The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

Besides serving at The Gospel Coalition, Melissa is also an author and podcast co-host. Her books include The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood. She serves alongside Jackie Hill Perry and Jasmine Holmes as co-hosts of the Let’s Talk podcast, produced by TGC. Melissa is married to Mike, the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children.

 

In this episode, Melissa shares about her role at The Gospel Coalition, how her work has changed in different seasons, on discerning the Lord's call on their lives, how to form a Kingdom perspective on work, and so much more.

#26 Jess Barefield, Interior Designer and Business Owner

#26 Jess Barefield, Interior Designer and Business Owner

May 18, 2022

Jess Barefield is an interior designer and business owner, wife and mom of 3. She has a love for beautiful and practical spaces that comes from years of executing her own interior design dreams. Jess grew up in Pittsburgh and made stops in Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and Atlanta before settling in Dallas. Living in so many different houses helped her to appreciate the impact a well-designed home can have on family life. After doing it so many times for herself, Jess wants to help other families create a home that reflects who they are and beckons them home after a long day. 

 

Jess is married to Christian hip-hop artist Trip Lee and mother of three. Jessica understands the importance of balancing style with functionality. She firmly believes that our homes should not only be beautiful but also serve our needs. And even with kids, it is possible to have both. Ultimately, Jess wants to help you love where you live.

 

In this episode, Jess discusses: 

  • Her work as an interior designer
  • The danger of comparison
  • Serving to the point of exhuastion and believing that we as caregivers must also care for ourselves
#25 Ashley Gorman, Associate Publisher at B&H Publishing

#25 Ashley Gorman, Associate Publisher at B&H Publishing

May 11, 2022

Ashley Marivittori Gorman serves as an associate publisher at B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of Lifeway Christian Resources. She holds an MDiv from Southeastern Theological Seminary and has been trained under The Charles Simeon Trust. Her passions are biblical literacy, women’s discipleship, foster care, theology, books, the local church, and teaching the Bible. Ashley and her husband, Cole, live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their daughter, Charlie. You can find her writing in various Lifeway Women Bible studies, books like World on Fire, and on digital venues like The Gospel Coalition, Lifeway Voices, ERLC, Relevant, Lifeway Women, and Christ and Culture.

 

In this episode, Ashley discusses: 

  • Her experience working in publishing 
  • Helpful questions to ask yourself before taking on a new job 
  • Imaging God by viewing work as providing light, life, and order wherever God places you
  • Advice on how to tactfully approach your supervisor when asking for a raise
  • How to broaden one’s self awareness and move towards institutional awareness in the workplace

 

Resources mentioned:

 

#24 Sheila West, Businesswoman & Entrepreneur

#24 Sheila West, Businesswoman & Entrepreneur

May 4, 2022

Sheila is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and communicator with thirty-plus years of experience. She was President/CEO of a multi-million dollar company that twice made the INC 500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies which has brought her national recognition and various awards. Sheila served as President of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce after serving on the executive committee for seven years. She was the first woman to serve on the Archery Merchants and Manufacturers Organization Board of Directors, serving three years as Secretary-Treasurer. 

 

Sheila has experience as a platform, seminar, and panel speaker nationwide, both within the business and Christian community. She is the author of Beyond Chaos: Stress Relief for the Working Woman published by NavPress and founder of Real Living Ministries. 

 

In this episode, Sheila discusses: 

  • Her personal story of growing up with a single mom 
  • How she came to know the Lord and how God restored her marriage and family
  • The challenges and blessings of building a business alongside her spouse
  • How to lead well and work alongside other people with different personalities and strengths
  • How caring well for customers and clients reflects God’s character
  • What it means to live a synchronized lifestyle as opposed to trying to seek a balanced lifestyle 
  • Encouragement for women to not see their identity in their work but to see their work as an opportunity to honor the Lord and point others to Him 

Resources and Links mentioned: 

 

Beyond Chaos: Stress Relief for the Working Woman by Sheila West 

https://amzn.to/3KLjzGJ

 

Real Living Ministries

https://www.reallivingministries.com

 

#23 Joanna Meyer, Director of Public Engagement at Devener Institute

#23 Joanna Meyer, Director of Public Engagement at Devener Institute

April 27, 2022

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Public Engagement and oversees the Women & Vocation Initiative. Prior to coming to the Institute, she worked in global telecom, nonprofit consulting, and campus ministry with Cru. She served as associate faculty at Denver Seminary and as a sewing instructor at Fancy Tiger Crafts. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

#22 Tara Dew, Founder and Director of THRIVE at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

#22 Tara Dew, Founder and Director of THRIVE at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

April 20, 2022

Tara has loved Jesus for as long as she can remember. She was saved as a child at a Billy Graham crusade, and then surrendered to the ministry as a teenager. A few years later, she married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Jamie Dew, who is now the President of  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College. 

 

Together, they have 2 sets of twins: Natalie & Nathan (14 years old) and Samuel & Samantha (12 years old). Tara loves spending time with her family, trying out new restaurants in New Orleans, and teaching women to know and love the Word of God. She is the Director of Thrive: A Ministry Wives Certificate Program as well as an Adjunct Professor of Ministry to Women at NOBTS. Tara is also a contributing author to the book: The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength published by B&H Publishing. 

Resources Mentioned:  

The Whole Woman (published by B&H, 2021)

#21 Rachel Brock, Founder of Ministry Desk

#21 Rachel Brock, Founder of Ministry Desk

April 13, 2022

Rachel is the Founder of Ministry Desk, a remote executive & administrative assistant agency for Christian leaders of churches, nonprofits, and businesses. Rachel has been serving in administrative roles for over ten years and currently serves as the executive assistant to the President of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries. Prior to this, she served as the assistant to Dr. Albert Mohler at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for several years. 

Rachel graduated from Texas A&M University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and a minor in Business Administration. Rachel and her husband, Nathan, live in Louisville, Kentucky and have four children.

 

In this episode, Rachel discusses:

  • Her story of how she came up with the idea of Ministry Desk and launched her own business
  • The important role of administration in the church and workplace 
  • The positives and negatives of working remotely 
  • Practical tips on how to work more efficiently 
  • How the gift and work of administration reflects God’s image

Resources mentioned:

 

#20 Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher, Part 2

#20 Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher, Part 2

April 6, 2022

In part 2 of this episode, Elyse and Eric discuss: 

  • How to place our confidence in the Lord when we fall into the lies of pride and self-loathing.
  • Responding to people who fear that discussing the value of women is a slippery slope to egalitarianism.
  • Women in the new covenant are not to be quantified based on their relationship status but recognized for their partnership in the gospel.
  • How fearing women leads to dehumanizing and objectifying women which leads to pornography and abuse.
  • The meaning of having a “gentle and quiet spirit” in 1 Peter 3:4 and how it does not mean women are to be quiet and not have an opinion.
  • Encouragement for single women and affirmation of their value and work in the kingdom of God

 

Resources mentioned: 

 

Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women

https://amzn.to/3IMt3AG

 

How I’m Learning to Honor Vocations of Women in My Congregation by Eric Schumacher 

https://www.madetoflourish.org/resources/how-im-learning-to-honor-the-vocations-of-women-in-my-congregation 

 

Worthy Podcast

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worthy-celebrating-the-value-of-women/id1497732229

 

#19 Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher, Part 1

#19 Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher, Part 1

March 30, 2022

Elyse Fitzpatrick is a nationally sought-after speaker and author of 25 books on daily living and the Christian life including Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women that she co-authored with Eric.

Eric Schumacher is a pastor, songwriter, and author. He earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

 

He and Elyse co-host the Worthy Podcast together, which we wholeheartedly recommend to our listeners.

 

In this episode, Elyse and Eric discuss: 

  • Their different work backgrounds and what led them to writing their book, Worthy. 
  • The lies that have caused harm to women in the church.
  • The importance of looking at gender and gender relationships in light of the Gospel.
  • The value and importance of the role of women throughout redemptive history. 
  • The problem with having a narrow definition of calling and ministry for women in the church. 
  • Encouragement for women who feel that their work isn’t valued or seen. 

Resources mentioned: 

 

Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women

https://amzn.to/3IMt3AG

 

How I’m Learning to Honor Vocations of Women in My Congregation by Eric Schumacher 

https://www.madetoflourish.org/resources/how-im-learning-to-honor-the-vocations-of-women-in-my-congregation 

 

Worthy Podcast

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worthy-celebrating-the-value-of-women/id1497732229

 

For more information on this episode and the ministry of Women & Work, visit womenwork.net/podcast. 

#18 Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, Risen Motherhood

#18 Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, Risen Motherhood

March 23, 2022

Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler are the cofounders of the Risen Motherhood ministry and cohosts of the Risen Motherhood Podcast.. They are also in the trenches of motherhood, right alongside their listeners. 

 

Together, they have authored the book: "Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope For Everyday Moments.”

 

Laura and Emily are sisters-in-law and live with their families in central Iowa.

 

In this episode, Laura and Emily discuss:

  • God’s vision for motherhood as a calling for women.
  • How all women are called to spiritual mothering and mentoring other women.
  • The reality of experiencing pride and guilt as a mother and how the Gospel frees us from both. 
  • How motherhood reflects the image and character of God.
  • Encouragement and advice for mothers who work outside the home when they feel like they are better at their job than being a mom. 
  • The difference between biblical motherhood and the American idea of motherhood.
  • How the ministry of Risen Motherhood started and how God has used it to encourage mothers.

 

Resources: 

Risen Motherhood 

Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments

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