The Learning Curve


Do you think we can ever learn enough?

Admittedly, I'm rather curious by nature. As an adult, I’ve taken classes to learn quilting, calligraphy, photography, floral design, sailing, inspirational speaking, writing, computer skills, cooking (I keep trying!), cake decorating, counseling and the Bible. But no matter how much or how long I’ve studied, read, listened, taken notes, traveled, searched, asked, experienced, pondered and googled...I constantly feel like I'm on a learning curve. Like there is always something new to learn about.


We’re going to be all about learning on our blog this September. Since this month is designated National Awareness Month for a host of different causes and concerns, we’re including posts written by women whose personal experiences uniquely qualify them to educate us on some of these.

With two Master's Degrees and a PhD in progress, Lauren Green McAfee seems the perfect choice to kick off our series with a post on the love for reading and it’s benefits. Then, in honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Debbie Jourden is sharing how God is helping her live again after the suicides of both her husband and adult son. Written with a healthy dose of honesty and grit, it’s a very touching post you will not want to miss. 

Posts will follow on a variety of issues, sprinkled with humor, hope, and some hard won wisdom. From Playing Nice: Lessons from Preschool to Why You Should Never Hike the Grand Canyon Alone, and even Understanding and Loving Someone through is quite the lineup!

While we’re learning...what about learning to lead?!


Maybe like me, you don’t see yourself as a natural leader. I’ve seen enough of them to know that I am not one. But, over the years, I’ve been struck by something: Regardless of my personality, persuasiveness, or natural abilities...if I am a Christ-follower, I am called to lead. Whether or not we lead a Fortune 500 company or international ministry, as Christians we are called to lead out by the way we live even when we are young,

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness,
but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity,
show yourself an example of those who believe.”
- 1 Timothy 4:12 do we lead well with our words, love, and behavior?

We learn. We learn and we keep on learning.


If you live in the Oklahoma City area or want to make a short trip to our fair state, LifeWay is bringing their You Lead  one-day women’s leadership training event to Council Road Baptist Church.  This is a great opportunity to learn from an array of speakers on how to better lead in settings as diverse as ministry, marketplace, small groups, community, and home. Workshops will be available on a variety of relevant topics like Spiritual Encouragement, Leading Women in Your Church and Community, Using Creativity, Purposeful Planning, Discouragement and Anxiety, Leading as a Younger Woman, Creating Ministries and Spaces to Address Hurt and Pain, Living Out Your Unique Purpose and Stepping Boldly Into Your Calling, Discipling the Next Generation,  and Encouragement,

Led by one of the best leaders I’ve ever worked with, Kelly King is Manager of Magazines/Devotional Publishing and Women’s Ministry Training for LifeWay Christian Resources. She is a sharp, inspirational, highly practical and creative leader with experience in the corporate world, as well as in ministry and home. She is who I often turn to for counsel.

So, while you’re learning throughout September, Sign Up Now for You Lead   and join me on my learning curve. Let’s learn together how to lead better!


Meet the Author!

Bible teacher, author, inspirational speaker and disciple-maker, Vickey Banks is passionate about helping women connect the dots between God’s Word and their everyday lives. She loves serving as Women’s Ministry Director at Council Road, celebrating her people, playing with her puppy and getting lost in a good story.