From the best-selling author of Sister to Sister! Previously published as The Sister’s Rules for Ministry, this newly revised and expanded book offers 10 practical guidelines for women called to ministry. From the pragmatic to the devotional, these rules provide female pastors and women called to other ministries with practical wisdom for succeeding in a male-dominated vocation, with grace, integrity, and style. Compact, conversational, and compelling, this little volume is indispensable for any woman who wants to serve God faithfullyand with flair!
Women who serve in ministry settings have unique experiences and therefore unique needs for support and encouragement. Do you need some new tools in order to survive and fully thrive in ministry? Youve come to the right place. Rev. Joan C. Friesen, Executive Minister--Regional Missionary, American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis
Dr. Johnson Cooks book is for those who may need guidance and mentorship in learning about the happenings and hurdles that come with being a woman in church leadership. I recommend this book for women who are beginning their ministry journeys. This book could be most helpful for those who may never undergo formal training in the form of seminary, but who need teaching and wisdom that would greatly benefit how they care for themselves and lead others. If you are a woman in ministry looking to have enriching discussions and receive ideas about surviving and thriving in ministry, this book may be for you. Readers walk away from The Sisters Guide to Survive & Thrive in Ministry with Johnson Cooks many years of experience and proven wisdom that encourage and empower women on their ministry journeys. Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas, alexiscarterhomas.com, Writer and Researcher
In exquisite exposition and soulful story, Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook presents practical and profound tools, tips, and tactics that give us all the courage to say yes, allowing us to use fully our God-given gifts and follow the divine call, not just surviving but thriving in ministry. Dr. Johnson Cook shares as a sister in ministry, who has walked this way and shares the journey with us. A must read for every woman in ministry Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez, Associate General Secretary, American Baptist Women in Ministry and Transition Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA
With candor and clarity, drawing from her own triumphs and challenges, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook shares ten rules to help guide women in ministry. After 35 years of the uniqueness and sheer breadth of her ministry, Dr. Cook is well equipped to advise women about the God-ordained doors that will propel them to higher levels in ministry and forewarn them about the trapdoors that can distract them from staying focused and faithful to the call on their lives. Rule 10, "Select Your Village Mothers," encompasses the message and challenge of this still timely devotional. The message: ministry does not take place in a vacuum, so be intentional about building community. The challenge: women in ministry must seek to mentor and be mentored. For those who are blessed to find that mentoring relationship, the reflection questions at the conclusion of each chapter will serve as poignant conversation starters. For any woman reading this book, Dr. Cooks voice will speak to your spirit like the village griot. Rev. Marsha Scipio, Associate General Secretary for Missional Initiatives & Partnerships, ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary
The Sisters Guide is filled with valuable insights from a veteran woman in ministry. Dr. Sujay provides needed encouragement for clergywomen on creating their support systems, reminding us that we all need to findand to be'village mothers' during our ministry journey. I loved her advice on 'getting your spiritual groove back' by surrounding ourselves with 'whatever makes your soul sing.' The book would be a great gift for a sister-pastor of any age. Rev. Dr. Mary Day Miller, Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
There are many books written for pastors to help guide them in their call. Suzan Johnson Cooks The Sisters Guide to Survive and Thrive in Ministry does something the others do not. In this wonderfully written guide we are invited to listen to the wisdom of a tenured pastors experience. Sujay has been on the front lines of ministry, often the only female within sight. But, there is more than wisdom and experience here. There is delightful encouragement, great stories, and practical tips on surviving in ministry. With chapter titles such as Stay Responsible for Your Own Spiritual Groove' and 'Be Arrested by the Holy Spirit,' you know you are in for some real talk and clear direction. Written for women in ministry, it works for everyone in ministry, and it does so with a spirit of fun and challenge. Rev. Dr. Robin D. Stoops, Executive Minister/Region Missionary, American Baptist Churches of Nebraska
Dr. Sujay, also known as "Dr. Fabulous" is a bestselling author, Faith Leader, Entrepreneur, Global Influencer and Diplomat. She was the first African American, Faith Leader and Woman to serve as the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, the Obama administration, and Faith Advisor to President Clinton. She brings the world together by providing "Inspiration for the Nations", through her writing, keynote speaking, business leading and faith based retreats, especially for the Christian woman, worldwide. As CEO and Founder of the WOMEN ON THE WORLDSTAGE (W.O.W) and the Global Black Women's Chamber of Commerce (GBWCC), and recipient of the $1 Million dollar Lilly grant, the REAL Black women in Ministry THRIVE initiative, her Ministry centers around Well Being and Wealth for Women. Often seen as a tv commentator and on air personality, her videos, Live with Sujay and Conversations with Ambassador Sujay, can be seen on YouTube and other platforms. She has given more than 4,000 speeches and sermons through her global Communications firm, Charisma Speakers. For inquiries and booking information go to CharismaSpeakers.com or www.DrSujay.Live. A citizen of the world, she has a "fabulous lifestyle" and resides between New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC. She has two adult sons, Samuel and Christopher.
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