In today’s episode of The Turquoise Table, host Kristin Schell interviews Kat Armstrong. She is an innovative ministry leader, a sought-after speaker, and the co-founder and executive director of Polished.
Kat stewards the community of Polished, a network of young professional women who gather over a meal to discuss the intersection of work and faith. The diverse group of women share the hardships they are experiencing at work, as well as what they believe and how faith can be applied to their careers.
Kat explains how she uses the Bible to inform her personal life. Jesus has prioritized for us what’s most important: loving God and loving others. Through conversations and by looking inward, Kat realized many women want to give more of themselves to their communities and their faith. But they are scared.
In her book, No More Holding Back, Kat uncovers the history of ideological gender bias around women not using their brains as much as men and being smaller or weaker. Theologically, many of the early church fathers looked to Eve as an example as someone easily deceived and not to be trusted with truth or leadership. But within the Bible, there are many hidden female figures that led and bettered the community.
Many of the young professionals at Polished are looking for a mentor, not just in terms of work, but also for life. Kat explains that any Christ-follower can find a mentor that is also a Christ-follower at a local church that works for your faith and schedule. In the Polished chapters, there are groups of women who believe in the power of prayer. They find support from their fellow members in times of hardship or struggle.
Kat’s prayer for the women that read her book is that they feel they can still be who they are and love God and other people well.
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Purchase Kat Armstrong’s book, No More Holding Back: Emboldening Women to Move Past Barriers, See Their Worth, and Serve God Everywhere
To find your local chapter, learn more about Polished, or to see Kristin Schell speak at the Austin, Texas gathering on October 9th, visit: www.polishedonline.org
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Podcast Discussion Guide
Kat and Kristin recording the podcast at Kristin’s kitchen table.
At the beginning of the podcast episode you’ll hear Kat and Kristin banter about how to pronounce macaron! Kristin picked up pink macarons to celebrate Kat’s fabulous new book.
P.S. Macarons (mack-ah-ROHN) are the delicious meringue based cookie. Macaroons (mack-ah-RUNE) are more like biscuits or cookies made from coconut.
Recipe: Kat Armstrong’s Mother’s Mexican Chocolate Cake
Now it’s your turn!
What’s holding you back from loving your neighbors and creating more meaningful relationships in your community?