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We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.
Cornel West, from The Impossible Will Take a Little While


My Mother's Daughter - Legacy of Faith

What can mothers and fathers do to CULTIVATE A LEGACY OF FAITH in their daughters and other people’s daughters? This excerpt reveals a snapshot of how one woman realized how her own mother’s legacy of faith is carried on.

Excerpt from a post by Jessica Goudeau, whose mother is described as literally writing the book on women in ministry:

And then I had two daughters. And the thought that they might ever feel like I felt at the age of seven, when I wanted to be a boy so I could preach, keeps me up at night. And I finally understand why both my mother and my father talked and prayed and moved to make a space for women in the church where I grew up, where women now teach.

It was for me. And my sister. And my brother. Because our legacy of faith is the most important thing for both of them. Because they value our voices, male and female. Because they want us to grow up to be the people God has called us to be, nothing more and nothing less.

Since becoming a mother, I have found myself moving back into ministry, just like my mother. When I was little, they used to strap my pack ‘n’ play in the back of our big van (it was the ‘70s) and haul me to college ministry devos. Now we bring our daughters along (in car seats, of course) to poor neighborhoods all over Austin while visiting Burmese refugees. In the last few years I’ve spent most of my time with mothers who weave and create traditional handicrafts in their home. I was drawn toward ministry even when I wasn’t looking for it. Looking back on the last five years in which I’ve been a mother, I realize I’ve created the same balance of academia, ministry, and motherhood my own mother cultivated in my growing-up years.

I couldn’t be prouder to take after her. And I can never thank her enough for the path she forged, for me and for women like me. I’ll spend my life trying.  (READ MORE)

What is Empowerment? What it is not.

Empowering folks to lead includes seeing how our experience together shapes us beyond organizational needs. Iron sharpening iron…yes, indeed. 

EXCERPT FROM Tom Virtue’s “On the road to fruitfulness in its mission, Epic is about… Empowerment & Reproducing Leader”

Empowerment is also not just a matter of giving others a chance to prove themselves or “step up” to the occasion, even though sometimes an opportunity is all some people need.  Being an empowering leader of others is never only about the task at hand – it’s always about the person, and helping them to succeed and grow as a leader.  To develop leaders, we must do more than delegate and “just get out of the way.”

Empowerment means that there is a shared responsibility in dialoguing about what is needed to help a person succeed.  In most cases, it’s not enough to have an open door policy, where we put the burden on others to just “let us know” if they need help.  Yes, when we’re entrusted with responsibility, we need to communicate what we need help in, and take ownership of a situation ourselves.  But when we are the ones empowering others, we must also be willing to go out of our way to discover what will set up people to succeed.

We must always be asking the question: “What is going to help this person (or these people) succeed in what we are asking them to do?”

We’re glad that men and women who serve in Epic have united efforts with other individuals and organizations to help us launch the API Women’s Leadership Conference. Come connect with people of diverse backgrounds and build empowering relationships with one another! Register today and attend the APIWL May 3-5, 2012


Longings of a New Generation of Women

Excerpt from “Gifted for Leadership: The Longings of a New Generation of Women” by Jennie Allen:

In recent times, the Web has been alive with banter about our generation of women and why we feel discontent with women’s ministry. I believe our discontentment comes from a good place, though at times we can be a mess about it. We are a reckless, passionate generation of women, who long to know Jesus and change the world.

For those of you who aren’t sure what all the fuss is about, maybe it would help for you to understand where we’re coming from. This is about more than dissatisfaction with the status quo. Here is what we are longing for… (READ MORE)

Equality for Women and Girls

LEADERSHIP…how is it affected by views of gender and ethnicity?

Excerpt from Kathy Khang on her blog:

This was while I learned in my Korean immigrant experience that as a Korean girl I had to work harder than the boys because no one would want want a stupid, lazy, ugly daughter-in-law who didn’t go to a good college and learn how to peel fruit and serve tea….(SHE CONTINUES TO SHARE…)

Kathy Khang’s experience—later in life as an adult—is also shared in her blog post about equality:

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” I Cor. 12:26 TNIV

Last week I was grateful to gather at a table of leaders in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to talk about how leadership is impacted by both gender and ethnicity. These leaders, who all happened to be women, listened and shared about the complexity of growing in leadership being fully present as women of color. I realize that … (READ MORE)

Hear more from Kathy Khang by attending our ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: “Leadership Over The Long Haul” 

Kathy Khang, Multiethnic Director for InterVarsity’s Great Lakes West region, oversees training and ministry development for staff and students. Ms. Khang co-wrote More Than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006). on faith, gender and ethnic identity. She participated in the L2 Foundation’s Leaders Forum 2004 and The Daniel Project, InterVarsity’s leadership development program for Black, Latino and Asian American staff. Ms. Khang and her family live in the north suburbs of Chicago. Connect with Kathy on her blog and on twitter @mskathykhang

Support of Men for API Women Leaders

We’re fortunate to have ADVOCATES who care about the growth and development of women leaders. Joining us at the Asian Pacific Islanders Women’s Leadership Conference (APIWLC):

 Ken Fong
, joined by other male leaders like Tommy DyoKen KongDJ Chuang, and Billy Vo. We welcome them and other advocates who want to empower API women leaders.


All Christian men and women who want to support a first ever, grassroots movement to launch a nationwide Asian American women’s leadership conference. Our goal is to empower women leaders through a safe, honest and challenging environment for women to grow their voice and to learn from other women leaders.

MAY 3-5, 2012

Sometimes a woman needs a man who is a brother friend more than she needs a romantic attachment. She needs someone who is strong enough to say to her, “Say baby, the way you acted the other night, that’s not right, or that wasn’t the swiftest thing you could do.” At the same time she needs him to be strong enough to say, “Hey baby that was so brilliant, I am so proud of you, you were wonderful!”
Maya Angelou, poet

Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.  

Excerpt from TED talk video…

"The question isn’t whether you’re going to meet adversity, but how…"

"All you really need is one person to show you the epiphany of your own power, and you’re off. If you can hand somebody the key to their own power — the human spirit is so receptive — if you can do that and open a door for someone at a crucial moment, you are educating them in the best sense.You’re teaching them to open doors for themselves. In fact, the exact meaning of the word “educate” comes from the root word “educe.” It means “to bring forth what is within, to bring out potential.” So again, which potential do we want to bring out?”


Where are the women leaders amongst us? Have you ever had conversations with Asian American leaders? Do you think the women who want to lead exist? Find out. Tell them about the ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE • MAY 3-5, 2012 • LOS ANGELES, CA. Support API women and this pioneering effort to gather together to help them discover more about leadership.

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