Author Archives: Shannon Rains

Shannon loves to help churches imagine ministry that invites children into the presence of God. After fifteen years of church ministry, she took a position as the Assistant Professor of Children’s Ministry at LCU in 2016. Shannon speaks at conferences on children’s ministry, the vocation and practice of ministry, contemplative practices for children and adults, and topics concerning women in ministry. Shannon directs Refresh: A Day of Nourishment for Women Who Minister and is an associate with Hope Network. Shannon, her husband David, and children River and Reese are actively involved at Tahoka Church of Christ.

Walking Side by Side: Mentoring and Apprenticing the Younger Generation

I would have missed a beautiful story of friendship and mentoring in Scripture if I had not created space for older mentors to walk side by side with me on my spiritual journey. I was younger, and I did not know how to handle difficult texts. So I chose the only logical path:…

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Pioneering Together: Creating Space for Authentic Relationships

This post is part three of a three-part series entitled Pioneering Together. Find the rest of the series here: 1) Welcoming a Female Minister, 2) Empowering Her Leadership Gifts — He walked into my office with a cup of coffee, sat down, and said, “I guess we should be friends.” An elder called and said, “Bring the…

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Pioneering Together: Empowering Her Leadership Gifts

This post is part two of a three-part series entitled Pioneering Together. Find the rest of the series here: 1) Welcoming a Female Minister, 3) Creating Space for Authentic Relationships — I was asked to interview at a rather large congregation. There was a female and a male candidate, and the congregation was going to choose…

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Pioneering Together: Welcoming a Female Minister

This post is part one of a three-part series entitled Pioneering Together. Find the rest of the series here: 2) Empowering Her Leadership Gifts, 3) Creating Space for Authentic Relationships — In fifteen years of full-time ministry service, I have been the first and only female minister on two different church staffs. I know a thing or…

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