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We believe the kingdom of God flourishes when there is room for men and women to lead equally. Whether in marriage, ministry, or any relationship, the call and value of one is not diminished at the cost of the other. WOW! seminar series aims to sharpen and expand the understanding of God’s design for women in leadership through sound biblical teaching where God affirms the call to leadership and discipleship for every individual. Subscribe to our mailing list at www.womenofwonder.us to stay up to date on joining the live seminars. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/womenofwonder/support

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We believe the kingdom of God flourishes when there is room for men and women to lead equally. Whether in marriage, ministry, or any relationship, the call and value of one is not diminished at the cost of the other. WOW! seminar series aims to sharpen and expand the understanding of God’s design for women in leadership through sound biblical teaching where God affirms the call to leadership and discipleship for every individual. Subscribe to our mailing list at www.womenofwonder.us to stay up to date on joining the live seminars. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/womenofwonder/support

    Empathetic Beyond Embarrassment

    Empathetic Beyond Embarrassment

    Elizabeth endured years of shame and embarrassment because she was labeled barren in a society that counted children as rewards for righteousness. Despite this, Amy Fortunato shows us how Elizabeth received Gabriel’s message with faith, while Zechariah was dumbfounded. Before a miracle even grew in her womb, it was Elizabeth’s hardships and hopes that developed and deepened her empathetic and emphatic faith, far outweighing her embarrassment. This prepared her to be a chosen companion to Mary, offering her acceptance, encouragement and safety when she was facing danger and uncertainty. What role has God called you to carry that requires a faith that is empathetic and emphatic beyond embarrassment especially in today’s pandemic, political and social ills? Amy Fortunato is a high energy grandmother, former WOW! board secretary, and is a pastor at the NY Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Port Washington, LI.


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    • 25 min
    Shining From the Inside Out: Leadership Lessons from Ruth

    Shining From the Inside Out: Leadership Lessons from Ruth

    Ruth is one of only two women with a book in the Bible named after her and one of only four women who have the distinction of being named in Jesus’ genealogy. Author and speaker, Nancy Gavilanes helps us glean from Ruth's life, exploring the defining decisions she made throughout that shaped her character. Her decisions to receive and serve the God of Israel, work diligently, and remain teachable remind us that our decisions impact future generations. Even with an unknown future, what is the 'next right thing' God is calling you to at this time? Nancy has a heart for encouraging people as they walk by faith and live their God-given dreams. Find her books and more at AboundingFaith.com


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    • 38 min
    Resourceful: Tapping into His Provision

    Resourceful: Tapping into His Provision

    Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand (Mark 6:33-44) is both miraculous and mysterious. It's not difficult for us to see the multitude of needs around us, but Pastor Cathy Bruce encourages us to go beyond the linear and limited solutions we often come to ourselves to meet these needs. Instead, we are invited to heed Jesus' words to 'Go look!' in verse 38. God can make what we think is 'nothing' into 'something'. This principle of tapping into His provision is not only life-changing but world-changing. What might be the simple and small offering we can bring to Jesus and trust Him to multiply today? Cathy is the lead pastor and planter of Hope NoMad Church in NYC. Connect with her at cathy@hopechurchnyc.org


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    • 20 min
    Huldah: Integrity & Speaking Truth to Power

    Huldah: Integrity & Speaking Truth to Power

    A contemporary of Jeremiah, Zephaniah and Habakkuk, Huldah was a prophetess, scribe, teacher, intellectual, and wife powerfully used by God to change a nation. What is it that sets Huldah apart from her well-known contemporaries? Huldah's integrity was the bridge that took her from prophesying at the city gate to prophesying to the king! Rev. Annette Cutino highlights some modern day images of fearless women, but reminds us that God has called us to lead and speak into the leadership of leaders all throughout Scripture. Huldah’s life affirms we are called and able to speak truth to power in such a way that leads to repentance and lasting change in the spheres of influence He has placed us. Where are you intentionally confronting the truth? What is the personal cost to you? Annette loves preaching and teaching the Bible and facilitating workshops. She has served on the WOW! Board and is currently the Director of Advance at Lead NYC, the NYC arm of Movement.org and is Associate Pastor at Harvest Fields Community Church. Connect with her at annette@lead.nyc


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    • 45 min
    Shiphrah & Puah: Midwives of Justice

    Shiphrah & Puah: Midwives of Justice

    Shiphrah and Puah are the first two women named in the very beginning of Exodus, yet their significant role as deliverers in this Book of Deliverance is often overlooked. It was their act of resistance parallel with their commitment to bring forth life even amidst pain, slavery and hardship that paved the way for future deliverance. Pastor Drea Hairston expounds how the personal clarity in which they understood their roles as midwives in relation to the power structure of their day and the ensuing wisdom of their ways ensured that truth would not be veiled with deception and confusion. This would set the stage for many more necessary acts of resistance before the Israelites were delivered out of oppression. How are you called to 'fear God' and work toward justice in the very role and proximity to power you have in this season? Drea is a mother of four young children and co-pastor of Church! of Park Slope alongside her husband. You can contact Drea at dreairene@gmail.com


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    • 34 min
    Visionary for Transformation

    Visionary for Transformation

    The parables of the mustard seed and the leaven (Matthew 13:31-33) are two of the shortest Jesus tells in Scripture. Rev. Ajung Sojwal explores how these two illustrations are used by Jesus to depict the kingdom of heaven, inviting us to pay attention to the visionary work that can actually transform ourselves and our communities. How do these two parables invite us to engage spiritually and lead differently in our current climate of pandemic and racial injustice?  Rev. Ajung is passionate about discovering and proclaiming God's kingdom on Earth, especially in seeking to understand what radical hospitality means for the Church today. She is Rector of St. George's Episcopal Church in Hempstead, NY and a former WOW! board member.


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    • 36 min

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