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You Are Not Fueled by Coffee, Sleep, or Approval
As women, ministry pushes us to moments of insufficiency, exposes our weaknesses, and tests our patience. Some days it feels like a little more sleep, a lot more coffee, and a pat on the back might sustain us. But down deep, we know these things can never fuel our ministries.
Positive without being cliché, Running on Empty presents the realities of vocational ministry with humor and hope. Author Barbara Bancroft draws from her experience as a missionary woman and pastor's wife to demonstrate how the gospel must be our message to ourselves as well as others. Along the way, she confronts the "mythic ministry model of Proverbs 31" and other stereotypes and expectations that hinder women from enjoying and displaying the gospel each day.
Running on Empty's down-to-earth, humorous writing style reaches out to weary women reluctant to read another book on ministry. Offering more than crisis management tips or how-tos, Running on Empty reorients women's hearts and minds to the joy of belonging to Christ and being a part of his kingdom work. Ideal for small group discussion or personal reflection, Running on Empty stretches beyond burnout prevention strategies all the way to joy and purpose in ministry.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2014
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"Running on Empty is simply the best book Darlene and I have ever read on the 'raptures and ruptures' of vocational ministry, and the radical implications of God's grace for wives and women who are seeking to serve Jesus."
Scotty and Darlene Smith
Ministering at West End Community Church, Nashville, TN
"Barbara Bancroft urges us to live beyond the clichés we impose on ourselves in order to live in the freedom of the gospel that will set free the women and men we lead."
Bryan and Kathy Chapell
Authors of Each for the Other: Marriage as It's Meant to Be
"Barbara identifies the struggles of women in ministry and points to the Truth. To be comfortable in our own skin because of Jesus - yes, it is possible."
Ed and Sheri Welch
Author; faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (Ed)
Administrator at Bridge Community Church, Glenside, PA (Sheri)
"Barbara is passionate about the need for women to stand firm in the truth when tempted to get sidelined by sin, or the sins of others. She is honest about her weaknesses and failures, but knows there is no help outside of going to Christ daily for forgiveness, and trusting again in the power of the Spirit to reach out to a broken world."
Rose Marie Miller
Missionary to London; author of From Fear to Freedom: Living as Sons and Daughters of God and Nothing Is Impossible with God
- Moves women beyond burnout prevention strategies to joy and purpose in ministry
- Down-to-earth, humorous writing style disarms women reluctant to read another book about ministry
- Realistic portrayal of ministry is positive without being fake, ringing true - yet offering hope - to those who struggle
- Confronts expectations, stereotypes, and even the "mythic ministry model" of Proverbs 31
- Addresses disillusionment, isolation, and loneliness with compassion and hope
- Gospel-centered with a kingdom focus, showing how the gospel works in us in order to accomplish Gods purposes
- Questions and devotional material at the end of each chapter make it ideal for small group or individual use
About the Author
Barbara Bancroft began ministry life with her husband Josiah in 1976. Since then she has worked with him in church planting, missions, and as a pastor's wife of a large church. While her husband Josiah oversees missions at World Harvest Mission, Barbara mentors and encourages the many missionary women and pastors' wives they meet with all over the world.