Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a sympathetic ear to soothe a woman's pain. Other times you need to do more. What a woman in pain needs is a loving shepherd. Why a shepherd? Because a shepherd responds with compassion and understanding. Bev Hislop believes that an effective women's ministry should involve women who, under the authority of their church's leadership, are shepherds at heart. A shepherd skillfully dispenses pastoral care that is timely and appropriate. Out of her years of experience ministering to hurting women, Bev offers this book in the hope that, by raising up shepherds equipped to address the issues of a woman's heart, ministries to women will become more relevant and more vital than ever before.
Women in pain populate every congregation. Left to themselves, many will become discouraged and leave the church. But pastors cannot adequately care for the needs of everyone. Beverly White Hislop has written Shepherding a Woman's Heart to challenge pastors to infuse to women in their churches with the same spirit that moves them to care for their flock. This amazing resource provides substantial guidance on how to properly equip healthy women to come forward and nurture hurting women.
BEV HISLOP (D. Min, Gordon-Conwell) is the executive director of the Women's Center for Ministry and associate professor of pastoral care to women at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. She currently serves on the board of Network of Women in Leadership, and is the former host of the weekly radio program Western Connection for Women. Bev is a contributing author to the Women's Ministry Handbook and is author of Shepherding a Woman¿s Heart: A New Model for Effective Ministry to Women. Bev and her husband, Jim, reside in Portland, Oregon and have two married children and five grandchildren.