Lori serves alongside her husband, Jud who is the Senior Pastor at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. They love getting to be part of God changing Sin City into Grace City. She is the founder of Leading and Loving It. Lori and Jud have two kids, Emma and Ethan. They also have the world’s cutest bulldog, Roxy. Lori is slightly Jane Austen obsessed and should buy stock in Starbucks since Chai-tea Lattes are a necessity.
Brandi has been a pastor’s wife for 15 years. She’s married to Pete who’s the Senior Pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Cross Point was planted in the fall of 2002 and is a multi-site church. Pete and Brandi have three boys: Jett, Gage, and Brewer. When Brandi isn’t wrangling boys she enjoys reading, hiking, social-networking, and spending time with friends.
I recently had the chance to ask Lori and Brandi a few questions about their new book:
Margaret: For readers who aren’t familiar with Leading and Loving It, what is the main idea?
Lori and Brandi: As pastors' wives we get a front-row seat watching God completely transform people’s lives, and then can be so wounded when those same people turn to us and hurl words of criticism. We are surrounded by people, yet locked away in loneliness and isolation. While serving as mentors, counselors, advisors, and even cheerleaders, we attempt to find balance in our schedules and lives. We share the burdens of others while battling discouragement on our own. We each personally know first-hand the highs and lows, the incredible joys and painful sorrows of leadership. In the book, we want to tackle leadership challenges so that we can hold on to the joy of serving in ministry.
Who, specifically, would benefit from reading Leading and Loving It?
The main audience for "Leading and Loving It" is pastors' wives and women in ministry. Whether you choose to serve God teaching 3 year-old in children's ministry, leading a small group of High School girls, or serving Him on the mission field in Africa, our hope is that you would be both encouraged and challenged as you navigate life and ministry.
What has been the greatest encouragement in your writing experience?
We have absolutely loved hearing the feedback from ladies who have read the book and been touched in some way. We've heard things like: "It's great to know someone else has felt as lonely as I am feeling" and "I found myself laughing out loud reading at the pool because you gals described my life so thoroughly." We set out to write, for lack of a better description, a girlfriend's guide to maintaining joy in ministry. We are thankful for the ladies who have shared the growth and changes that the book has inspired in their lives.
What do you hope will happen in the reader’s heart and mind after they finish with your book?
Serving in ministry is a great privilege. The calling of God on our lives to serve people and serve the church is incredible. Our hope is that readers will be encouraged as they navigate leadership challenges, hold tightly to the joy of ministry, and rest in the knowledge that God, knowing their weaknesses and shortcomings, has called them to this work. If He has called them, He most certainly will equip them.
Congratulations to the Winners: Jennifer Terry, Tricia Benton, Karina Allen
What passage or verses encourages you most in leadership?