Susan's presentations are appropriate for many settings, including leadership training events, women's retreats, church conferences,
pastor appreciation services, etc.
Susan speaks from her heart and years of experience. She has pastored over 10 churches. Susan has known many joys of ministry,
and she has been blessed to witness miracles. She's seen people's lives changed, witnessed families restored, and many other
fruits of ministry. However, she also knows what it is like to feel alone, discouraged, and misunderstood. She understands
wanting to lead, to enable people in fulfilling their dreams and desiring to see them draw close to God as they grow spiritually.
Susan has experienced the disappointments that can occur when inner-church conflicts cripple the life and ministry of the
On the flip side of this, Susan has also enjoyed being a pastor's wife. Her husband was a faithful ordained elder for
more than 30 years in the United Methodist Church. She watched through tears as he faced many of the same disappointments
that she had. She cheered his ministry on and celebrated with him when he saw God working in the life of the congregation
She stood by him when church conflicts and other church misunderstandings challenged him to fight for his ministry, his
life work that was the very heart of who this man was. When Gary died in an auto accident, God left Susan behind to share
the knowledge that they had gained through their experience.
Susan says, "We know there is a serious problem within the church community. Many people are leaving the church
due to unresolved conflicts and misunderstandings with pastoral leadership. We have got to build bridges of trust, communication
and understanding between our pastors and church communities.
Pastors are losing their ministry within the church and many do not return to ministry of any kind. We need to implement
restoration processes in our churches. We must learn how to relate to our shepherds, to communicate with them and their families,
and to make sure that their needs are met, spiritually, emotionally, and financially.
It can be damaging to a church's moral whenever a minister has to leave, for any reason. It is most damaging whenever
the minister is forced to exit under poor circumstances. What can you do to encourage your churches ministry with your pastoral
A good place to start is with establishing a "Lydia Ministry" within your church. Contact Susan today, and schedule
her to speak with your church or group!
|Gary and our youngest grandbaby, Owen