As my conviction grew to complete my pastoral ministry with my congregation, my questions grew too. While I felt more and more certain of the Spirit's leading to shift from my pastoral ministry to focus on my writing, I wasn't at all sure how that would work. As members, would my husband and I continue … Continue reading Who Would Be My People?
Kathy Khang's new book begins with a powerful personal story of being silenced and speaking up. There had been some conflict brewing behind the scenes at a staff leadership conference, a conflict that included racial, gender, and cultural dynamics. When the situation was finally brought up on the last night of the gathering, Kathy felt … Continue reading On Being Silenced and How to Speak Up
This summer as I've been reviewing my website and related links, I've discovered that an earlier article on my call to pastoral ministry is unfortunately no longer available. I had originally shared my story as part of a series on women in ministry, and called my article, An Accidental Pastor. Now that link goes to a … Continue reading How God Called Me into Pastoral Ministry
Since I started blogging, I've seen many other blogs come and go. Some were created for a specific time and purpose with a limited life span. Others fell into disuse and eventually closed. Some bloggers grew tired or disillusioned or both, and left the often relentless pace of blogging behind. Unfortunately that means that some … Continue reading On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus
Last year, I joined the Redbud Writers Guild, which envisions "a vibrant and diverse movement of Christian women who create in community and who influence culture and faith." So far I've only met one Redbud in person, so for me the community is mainly a virtual one, but I'm gradually getting to know some of the … Continue reading Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives
As I look back on 2016, I'm so grateful for all of you readers--thank you for liking, sharing, commenting, emailing, following incognito, faithfully reading every article, or just dipping in here and there--THANK YOU! It's always a guessing game to know what articles will most resonate with readers, but hindsight is 20/20, and according to … Continue reading The Best of 2016 From April Yamasaki
Earlier this year, I joined Redbud Writers Guild, and last month I was so pleased to have my first article published in the Guild's online magazine, The Redbud Post. Each month, The Redbud Post focuses on a different theme, like last month's issue on Women in Leadership. Please see below for links to each of the … Continue reading Women in Ministry: How Does God Want You To Lead?
"You're the first woman to preach in this church," said the lead pastor who had invited me to speak. "But I'm not going to say anything about that when I introduce you. It's part of our theology that women and men are gifted for ministry, so we're just going to go ahead and do it. … Continue reading Preach It, Sister!