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Beverly Crawford

Beverly Crawford

What do you see as the biggest continuing barrier to women moving into church leadership?”

“I think the barrier is still tradition. But I think also we [women] could be part of the problem by not allowing God to move us in His timing, by us not being mature enough.

“I talk to and mentor a lot of women. They go to seminary and they get a degree. And they think that it’s [the seminary] that anoints you. You are no more anointed when you get that degree than when you went.

“I think that the discouragement is that they tell women ‘to prepare.’ We prepare ourselves--there are more women in seminary than there are men. [So] women are becoming more prepared, just in terms of studies. But that doesn’t mean you are anointed to do what you are stepping out there to do.”

What advice would you give to a woman being called into full-time ministry?

“The first advice I would give a young lady is. ‘Seek the face of God. Spend time in prayer. Spend time in the Word of God. If God leads you to go to Bible school, you should go.’

“Apostolic ministry is really for mature leaders. And so therefore, I think that young women need to start out first of all by learning how to serve, loving to serve.

“Allow the Holy Spirit to begin to teach, lead, direct and groom them over a period of time. I think the first thing is for them to have a very wonderful, intimate relationship with the Lord. Because that is the only basis through which you can build a ministry without getting into … emotions, popularity and adorations.

Beverly Crawford is founder and senior pastor
Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church
Inglewood, CA
Web site
Phone: (310) 330-4700 read more

Marilyn Hickey

Marilyn Hickey

What do you see that seems to hold women back?

“Well, I think often family. Their husband may not be in favor of it or [he may be] competitive. I think that can be a big problem that has to be settled. The family issue has to be settled.

“[But] if God has called you … it’s not your problem. It’s His problem. And that’s what the Lord said to me at the very beginning when I was called.

“I said, ‘Lord, women don’t preach. They don’t like women.’ [And] the Lord said to me, ‘That is not your problem; that is mine. Your problem is your faith in Me.’

“Family issues have to be settled, that’s for sure. But if God has called you, He’s going to make a way.”

Do you see many younger women being raised up?

“Yes. Yes. And I think it’s very exciting--and it’s their season too. And that’s delightful to us. … I know when I was in Bahrain there was a woman there from Nigeria. She is a princess from some tribe. Her first name is Helen. She is being mightily used as a prophetess with healing.

“I see women all over the world. I see women in Pakistan, and Pakistan is not a country that is open to women particularly, but God is opening doors to them.”

Marilyn Hickey is founding pastor,
with her husband, Wally,
of Orchard Road Christian Center
near Denver
Founder and president
of Marilyn Hickey Ministries
Web site
Phone: (303) 770-0400
Fax: (303) 770-2752 read more

Pat Francis

Pat Francis

What is the most encouraging sign you see regarding women in church leadership?

“I see that God is raising up powerful women who are entrepreneurs, powerful women who are now in politics--because it’s being recognized that women do have a brain too and they do have leadership skills--and powerful women in the church of Jesus Christ.

“God is bringing back, in the last days, the Genesis mandate [men and women working together]. Adam and Eve lived to be a blessing; Abraham and Sarah lived to be a blessing; Isaac and Rebecca. You cannot do it without the women. You cannot reproduce without the women.”

What do you think is the biggest barrier that still exists to women in church leadership?

“The biggest barrier is ignorance. That’s the biggest barrier. It’s just ignorance, plain ignorance. Because it’s so simple, I’ve never had it as an issue in my life.

“There’s nothing to discuss. You can’t argue fruit. It’s like me going to an apple tree and trying to force it to believe that it’s a mango. It will never believe that. So if women don’t believe that they are blessed, then … [but] nobody can unbless whom God blesses.

“To me its just ignorance. And then God came down, and He had to repeat it over and over again in the book of Acts Chapter 2, ‘My women and men will prophesy.’ Men and women. He keeps repeating men and women, men and women, men and women. ‘Men and women filled with the Holy Spirit, these signs shall follow them. They shall prophesy, they shall see visions, they shall dream dreams, both men and women.’

“So I really don’t know if it’s a language barrier. It’s so simple. It’s obvious. It’s really obvious there, so it’s repeated. It started in Genesis, repeated throughout the Bible, reaffirmed again in the book of Acts that when the last days outpouring comes, it will be both men and women, old and young, that are going to be empowered to be a fruit of the Holy Spirit working in their lives.”

What was your biggest personal barrier?

“[Men] would say things like, ‘Well, you know she’s not even from Bible school,’ ‘Who’s this woman?’ … ‘She’s not trained.’

Pat Francis is senior pastor and founder
of Kingdom Covenant Center
Ontario, Canada
Web site
Phone: 1-877-668-5433 ex.2216 or 2234

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Kimberly Daniels

Kimberly Daniels

How did you begin your full time ministry?

“God spoke to me. I was saved in Germany--I was saved overseas. I started a Bible study [and taught it] for years. Then God spoke to me to come back home and start a center for girls on drugs.

“The center for girls on drugs turned into a church because I couldn’t [find a church that would accept them]. I was taking them to churches that didn’t understand them. Some of them didn’t have clothes. Some of them had just come in the night before. So, I never planned on pastoring, and the Lord said, ‘You pastor them,’ and out of that drug center came a church.”

What’s the most encouraging sign you see regarding women in church leadership?

“The most encouraging sign is that there seems to be a working knowledge that … God is using women in the last days.

“I think God is using women to the point where they cannot be denied. Some people have a problem with it, but there’s nothing they can do about it.”

Do you see any younger women being raised up in church leadership?

“Younger women? To be honest I don’t see it churchwide. I know in my church I’m raising up younger women. I have younger women that walk in power--to preach, to intercede. The younger women in my church walk in more power than I walk in, and that’s the truth. It’s just that people know me and don’t know them.”

Kimberly Daniels is founder and senior pastor
of Spoken Word Ministries
Jacksonville, Fl
Web site
Phone: 904-358-5001 read more

Barbara Yoder

Barbara Yoder

Did you feel that God specifically spoke to you to continue the church after your husband passed away?

“I never had a question. It was very interesting, and at times it was very difficult. Sunday after Sunday I would be in tears in my office saying, ‘How am I going to preach?’

“[But] I never missed one Sunday, the year after he died, for a whole year. The only Sunday I didn’t preach was the first Sunday after he died. Bishop Bill Hammond was there, and he preached that service because he was there for the funeral … and [he] wanted to do to the funeral. But after that I preached every single Sunday. And often times I would tell my staff, ‘Don’t even talk to me, don’t ask me how I’m doing; we have to get this service done. I’ll talk to you later.’

“I remember there were times I would just have [to]’ ‘suck it up.’ And I would go onto the platform just fighting back the tears. Eleven months later that period of intense grief was over.”

What is the most encouraging sign you see regarding women in church leadership?

“I think one of the things that has really been powerful to me is the fact that great women leaders are finding each other. For me, that’s been a tremendous encouragement. … I believe that there are great women leaders, and I believe it’s on the increase.”

What advice would you give to a woman being called into full-time ministry?

“I think that there are several models in Scripture that you can look at when you are called into ministry. You have to find somebody who will embrace you. Then you have to hold onto them for all you’re worth. You can’t just wait for them to talk to you. You have to be proactive.

“Elijah threw the mantle on Elisha. But Elisha had to make a choice to follow with his heart … after Elijah, and he stayed with him until he died.

“People will tell me they want me to mentor them, but then they sit at home waiting for me to call them. I’m a very busy person. I’m teaching them to be proactive. “Somebody will throw a mantle on you and say, ‘This is where you are supposed to go,’ and the next step is, you’ve got to go after it. And that means you have to find that person. You’ve either got to hold onto them or find somebody that you can grab hold of and follow with your whole heart—[someone] who will actively mentor you.

“Like the young people I’m working with--I give them book assignments, both secular and spiritual. I’m teaching them how to be on the cutting edge in every area, not [only] to know about the Christian word but knowledgeable about the secular world. I myself stay very well read. I get about seven to 10 periodicals every month, including secular literature like Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek [and] Fortune magazine.”

Barbara Yoder is founder and pastor
of Shekinah Christian Church
Web site
Phone: (734) 662-6040
Fax: (734)662-5470 read more

Naomi Dowdy

Naomi Dowdy

What is the biggest barrier to women in church leadership?

“Old traditional thinking, which comes out of the Dark Ages and bad hermeneutics. They misinterpret women being in submission, women keeping quiet in church and women not having anything to say over men. They take all of those out of context and therefore they have kept women in suppression.

“It gradually opened up. First women could be Sunday school teachers. Then it opened up [that] women could be music directors. Then it opened up … women finally could be associate pastors or assistant pastors on staff.

“It’s when you begin to get into governance that [it] becomes an issue. [A woman] could not be a deacon in the old system or [a] board member. That’s governance. So when you begin to get to senior pastor, [women] couldn’t because it was governance.

“I see that glass ceiling breaking, people have matured more in understanding. Now that we have people that are able to go back to the original language and study the Scripture rather than just regurgitating what the theologians coming out of the dark ages [told] us. Actually the first commentary on Scripture was written just before the Dark Ages came to an end, and that commentary was the commentary that Luther and Calvin … used. It’s just been perpetuated.”

Naomi Dowdy is resident apostle,
Trinity Christian Centre in Singapore
Founder and President
of Global Leadership Network
Founder of Global Covenant Network
Founder of Theological Center for Asia
Web site
Phone: (214) 491-7749 read more

Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

What was your path to leadership?

“I grew up in a situation where I was sexually abused by my dad [and there was] alcoholism, violence and dysfunction. My mom didn’t really know how to deal with it. So her way of dealing with it was just to not deal with it. She kind of just ignored it. I guess pretended like she didn’t believe what she knew was true.

“But, in 1976 I was in my second marriage, I was a Christian, loved God, went to church all the time. I was even involved in some different kinds of church work. You know, I actually did love God, I just didn’t know anything. So you really can’t make any progress if you don’t know anything.

“I had a lot of good, solid doctrine, but I didn’t really have any understanding about God’s power, or overcoming things. I just thought your best bet was to try to make it through and go to heaven.

“And in 1976 I was crying out to God, basically, “There’s got to be more than this. Something’s wrong. I’m doing everything I think I’m supposed to be doing. I’m still miserable all the time.’ Actually, as a result of that crying out to God in hunger, He filled me with the Holy Spirit.

“And very shortly after that, I would say within three weeks, God began to speak to me about teaching other people the Word.”

How do you know if you are called to ministry?

“I just think a lot of people, if they would just put their hand to what is in front of them and apply biblical principles where they live … then, if they are called to some kind of public ministry … [they] don’t have to go around kicking down doors. I mean, that becomes obvious. And, your gift makes room for you, and God makes that happen.

What do you think is the biggest remaining barrier to women in leadership?

“I think a lot of women just [can’t] even begin to comprehend how they could possibly do something like that, if they already have several children. You know, I tell people all the time: ‘Don’t tell me you can’t be used by God with kids, because I started a ministry with four. One of them was a baby.’

“So when you are gripped by God to do something, it’s very difficult to get away from it. And so, desire and passion always makes a way.”

Joyce Meyer is founder
of Joyce Meyer Ministries
Fenton, Mo.
Web site
Phone:1-800-727-9673

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Doris Machin

Doris Machin

Are you married?

“No. There’s another obstacle. I am about to be 40 years old. The Lord has me in this state where He ministered to me years ago. He said, “Take advantage of this state because it’s a gift that I give you.”

“It’s not that being married is not a gift. That is a different gift. But He said, ‘This time that you will be single is a gift that I give you so that you can do for Me what I ask of you. You can give Me your maximum without having to hear your heart, and without having distractions.

“So, I’ve given the best of my 20s and the best of my 30s to the Lord. And I would do it in a heartbeat. I know that the Lord has my prince somewhere. In fact, in one of my albums I wrote him a love song. It is called, ‘I Wait For You.’

But, I know he’s out there somewhere. I’m not in a hurry. I’m just waiting on God’s time.”

What is your view of women in ministry?

“I think it’s great. … There is a pro and a con. … I think that women were made by God to be sensitive, to be sensible and to be passionate about everything they do. That is the pro.

“But the pro can be turned into a con. Because women are passionate, women can be emotional. … For me, someone leaving the church is, Ooooh! It’s like they killed me. Because I have that mother’s heart. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, my God, my kids. How are they going to eat? Where are they going to go?’

“Men just see things differently. They react differently. And of course, I’m learning to balance that. … I think that as women of God … we need that Joyce Meyer quality where “I went through all this … I’m strong and I can do this, and I’m invincible, and here we go!’ That kind of thing!”

Doris Machin is senior pastor
of The Worship Tabernacle
Miami, Fl
Web site
Phone: (305) 234-9024

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Cindy Jacobs

Cindy Jacobs

What advice would you give to a woman being called into full-time ministry?

“Well, first of all the Holy Spirit would really make your call clear to you. There are women being called into business and law. They’re called to be a mom. Listen, to be a mom is a high calling.

“But, you know, as far as the traveling, being a traveling minister or something like that; a pulpit ministry, I would say, make sure that you don’t have any bitterness in your life toward men. It’s very important.

And, you know, one thing I want to say is that we women have to not only be prepared, we have to be better. We have to walk with excellence. And there is a lot of proving of yourself you’ll have to do. Don’t get mad about it, just do it.”

Do you believe it is part of God’s design for men and women in the church to work together to advance God’s kingdom?

“That’s part of what He’s saying to the church today. That God is raising up men and women to work together.”

Cindy Jacobs is co-founder of Generals International

Red Oak, Texas
Web site

Phone: (972) 576 8887
Fax: (972) 576 8899 read more

Charisma Israel Exclusive

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Day 5: Never Forget

What a sobering experience. My tour today began with a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem. After reflecting on what I saw, it’s clear no other place so far has impacted me like this one.

First we went into the Valley of Communities where we watched a short video of life among Jewish people before Adolf Hitler executed his sinister plan to destroy them. read more

Day 4: Pray for Peace

I'm so sleepy my eyes are burning, but I must tell you about the sites I saw today.

We started the tour with a scenic drive through the valley of Jordan where I could see in the distance the kingdom of Jordan. The mountain curved around and around until we were headed in the direction of the Dead Sea region. I'm told the region is the lowest point on earth, about 419 meters below sea level. read more

Day 3: Be Still

Shalom.

Today I sailed the Sea of Galilee!

Every time I think my visit to Israel can't get any better, something or someone will change my mind. That's what happened to me today when I had an encounter with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee.

After eating breakfast this morning we all boarded a bus headed for the sea. I was feeling a little anxious about some things, so I wasn't myself today. But when I stood up for prayer, the Lord spoke to my inner spirit and said "peace, be still." At that moment, the weight lifted and I was able to participate in all the tour activities. read more

Day 2: Miracles, Anyone?

Shalom!

This morning my tour group and I checked out of the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv (what a nice place) and boarded the bus for Caesarea National Park. King Herod the Great (not the Herod who sought to have baby Jesus killed,) built Caesarea. When I got off the bus, my mind went back in time to thousands of years ago.

I sat down in the Herodian Amphitheatre and tried to imagine what it would be like to attend a sporting event back then. According to the brochure, the U-shape venue is more than 250 m long and 50 m wide. Some experts say it might be the stadium mentioned by first-century Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius in Jewish War (Antiq. ll:9, 3). I also got a chance to see some of the archaeological designs made popular by the Romans after they gained control of Caesarea. read more

Day 1: I Made It!


After staying up to 3 am the night before preparing for my trip, and after nearly missing my flight to JFK the next day, I finally made it to Israel!

My tour group and I arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport close to 3:30 pm and could hardly wait to see the first city on the tour schedule.


Tel Aviv is a wonderful place to visit, but if you're thinking it's lined with dusty roads like in biblical times, think again. It's a modern city and has all the makings of a bustling metropolis like billboards, quaint restaurants, public transportation and more. read more

Jerusalem Prayer Wall

The Word of God admonishes Christians in Psalm 122:6 to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (NKJV).” Join with believers around the world as we obey our biblical mandate to pray for Israel. Leave your prayer below.

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Breaking the Jewish Code

Breaking the Jewish Code

Learn 12 secrets that will transform your life, family, health, and finances

In Breaking the Jewish Code, Perry Stone reveals how anyone can apply these time-honored principles in their life to create wealth, live in health, build faith, raise successful children, and pass on generational blessings.

 

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Topics include ...

  • Understanding the secret of the Hebrew covenant with God and why it works
  • The spiritual principles of health, wealth, and creating prosperity
  • Feasts, Sabbaths, and yearly celebrations—why success is also about family and enjoying life
  • How to leave a legacy and pass on the blessing to future generation

  • Twelve dynamic keys to success that Jewish people have known for 3,500 years

About Perry Stone

Perry Stone is an international evangelist and the founder of Voice of Evangelism, a ministry that strives to spread the gospel through revivals, television and other media. He is the author of numerous books, including Breaking the Jewish Code (Charisma House). read more

Does God Really Heal Today?

Does God Really Heal Today?

I have a friend who says, "God is always working on 10 levels at once; if you don't understand that, you will miss the other nine!" When healing doesn't come in the way or timing we would like, we should not despair and begin to believe that God no longer heals. As many famous theologians have attested, it is a grave error to define God only by one's experiences.


Henry Wright, author of A More Excellent Way, says, "If you don't believe God heals in the 21st century, then fine. For you, He won't!" Isaiah said it this way, "‘What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it saying, "Stop, you're doing it wrong!" Does the pot exclaim, "How clumsy can you be?"'" (Is. 45:9, NLT). read more

Good News in Tough Times continued...

KENN RENNER The number of real estate agents in the Austin, Texas, area has shrunk 30 percent since last year, reflecting a decrease in average monthly home sales in 2008 of more than 50 percent, according to Realtor Kenn Renner. However, after seeing his sales double the first two months over the same period last year, the head of Renner Realty is aiming for a 50 to 65 percent increase in 2009-he hopes to reach $20 million. Symbolizing his optimism is the early March listing of an $800,000 home that sold in four days, prompting the seller to remark, "This is a God thing." "We surrender the whole business to Him," says Renner, a member of Glory House Christian Center. "With the power of prayer and our model of doing things-people are looking for that. They want encouragement." Though an independent agent for 25 years, Renner says last fall God directed him to become an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty. The Austin-based franchiser is now the nation's third-largest residential real estate firm. Renner liked the priorities of co-founder/chairman Gary Keller: God first, followed by family and then business. "As a stereotype, [business owners] put business first," Renner says. "It's proven that God first is more biblical." Though not a direct beneficiary of the federal stimulus bill, Renner says one provision of federal legislation adopted in February helped boost his business. The bill changed what had been a $7,500 no-interest loan to an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers. The provision didn't attract much attention from the news media-or Renner, until God told him to send out postcards to his tenants directing them to call him about federal housing assistance. "God said, ‘Get the word out,'" Renner recalls. "Nearly everybody who calls me has no idea about the $8,000 credit. Part of it is revealing what's already there. It's really being aware of the signs of the times. It's a pretty exciting time." Another step he took recently was adding a note to his Web site that for every home sale, Renner Realty donates $360 to Fullness in Christ Ministries, a Texas ministry founded by charismatic pastor Ras Robinson. That sum helps educate a child in Peru or the Philippines for a year. "It's one of the ways I'm letting people know this is a Christian business," Renner says.


DENNIS FEDORUK The current downturn is the third Dennis Fedoruk has weathered since he started The Brainy Baby Co. in 1995. However, thanks to increased direct-to-consumer products, his company's sales more than doubled the first two months of 2009. Although he doesn't expect that to continue, Fedoruk still forecasts an increase of 20 to 30 percent for the year. "There's a certain amount of an evergreen nature to our business," says the president of Brainy Baby, which produces videos, books and other products for toddlers. "It is children's education; we have 4.5 million new babies every year; and people will spend money on educational products for their children." Aside from such customary factors boosting sales, Fedoruk sees God's signature written all over a healthy 2009. He talks about the phone ringing and bringing unexpected business or word of distribution into another country. Brainy Baby items can now be found in some 200 nations through sales outlets or video downloads. Although the company's products are aimed at general markets, Brainy Baby is working on a faith-based line for release later this year. The new items will be one way the company can acknowledge the Father behind its prosperity. "God never fails," says Fedoruk, who attends a nondenominational, charismatic church in a suburb of Atlanta. "I believe He is behind everything we do. We never worry; we just practice Matthew 6:33 [‘But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you'] and go about God's business." Although he believes a stream of negative media reports has magnified the public's gloomy outlook, the executive says God has been teaching him to remain steady in today's recessionary environment. Acknowledging that he could constantly worry if he let his mind "go wild," Fedoruk says God has assured him that if he stays on the course He set without turning right or left, things will be all right. "If you're doing what God tells you to do, you're definitely beating a different drum," he says of bucking the trend. "As believers, we know that. We're not always beating the drum of popularity, but if you just stay focused on what you're doing, God will see you through." read more


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