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Lori and her husband, Mike McDaniel, and their 3 children were missionaries in Africa before returning to plant Grace Point Church in Bentonville, AR where Mike is Lead Pastor. Lori serves as a Global Mission Catalyst with the IMB, mobilizing churches and leading women to participate in God’s global mission. Lori shares how everyday life can be a life on mission at lorimcdaniel.org.

Articles by this Author
April 6, 2017 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It happens when I'm driving down the road and pass "that" church. It happens after a conversation with "that" minister's wife. It happens after I hear stories of how "that" church is doing. A twinge of competition creeps in. We know life isn't fair. But surely ministry is equitable since we are...
February 16, 2017 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I’m plagued with a burden that I’ve played it too safe. And what’s even more dangerous, I fear I may have led others to play it safe as well. The heaviness was fueled as I sat on a dirt floor listening to 15 Asian women—one by one—tell how they had shared the gospel. Each said something like, “I...
April 15, 2016 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
No matter how great of a minister, husband, leader or father he is, he’s not immune to adversity. Church dilemmas erupt, leaving his leadership landscape shaken. Sin happens, either committed by him or against him. A friend that was...
January 11, 2016 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
People gathering together is a universal activity that translates into every culture. And there’s nothing quite like a room full of women who gather bringing international food! The air quickly fills with smells of curry and sounds of...
December 22, 2015 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We're re-posting some of our favorite blog posts from 2015. This might just be our most commented post to date. Enjoy this practical post by Lori McDaniel from April 8, 2015. I still quote the pastor's wife advice I was given 22...
September 28, 2015 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
The wonder of tenacious people is that their words continue to blaze trails in many hearts long after they have died. I started writing this blog post two weeks before Elisabeth Elliot passed away. I had watched a documentary on the five men...
March 23, 2015 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We are a culture that collects quotes. Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest fuel our love for quippy phrases and inspiring words. (Especially when they are written with eclectic fonts on chalkboards!) It sounds kind of mission-geeky, but I collect “missional quotes” – quotes that inspire me to...
February 25, 2015 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Women gathering together is a universal activity that translates in every culture. And there's nothing quite like a room full of women who gather bringing international food! The air fills quickly with curry and repetitive conversations. We each...
November 13, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
We all had our preconceived ideas of what being a Pastor's wife would be like. What were yours? What did you think it would be like compared to your reality?
Me? Have an Idol? Blog Post
November 13, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Oh, how many times I've read verses on idols and dismissed them because I don’t have that problem. I was having a conversation with a friend about a struggle I had with a person that I hate to admit, I don't really like. We all have these people...
September 8, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
No one announced it.  One day I woke up and I was the oldest in the room! It happened just like that.    My brain didn’t reflect my age. I still thought in terms of “What am I going to DO with my life?” Not, “What DID I do...
June 11, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I gathered with a group of women who were grieving for a friend who just had a miscarriage. None of the 10 women had lived in America long. Our friendship had been building for several months. We ate meals together,...
June 4, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
It feels annoyingly like the same pattern I’ve been in before. You’ve experienced it, too. Repeatedly. It’s that place in your head when you begin to ask: “Did God really lead us here? Maybe we missed it.” "Did I hear God, or am I making it...
April 21, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I often find myself privy to the secrets of a woman’s heart. Simply because I am the pastor’s wife, women confide their secrets to me.   No one knows these stories. Except her And me. • A woman whose alcoholic husband hides drugs in the...
April 11, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Decisions were easier when I didn't have children. Now my decisions affect small people tethered to me. When I take that leap of faith, they tumble off with me. At times they go kicking and screaming, and other times trusting that I have...
January 13, 2014 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
  Tiny public mistakes are always made, but it’s the memorable ones that sting the most.   Once the sting has dissipated, they are also the ones that become laughable sermon illustrations.   I don’t remember the sermon that...
November 22, 2013 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
{ Flourish kicks off a new blog category called "ABC's for Ministry Wives". These words will represent features we think every wife should consider as she walks out her role in ministry. Note for our orderly types-these will not be in...
August 30, 2013 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
" Why won't you cheat on me? "  That was the question my husband asked.   " Because I love you and God said not to. "  That was the Jesus-girl answer I gave.    I don't plan to commit adultery. So, honestly, I've never...
January 1, 2012 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I'm often guilty of walking too fast through a crowd. My fast paced mental agenda brain feels like those old pinball machines.  As soon as the church doors open, I'm the pinball that has been launched out of the narrow passageway bumping...
Portable Church Blog Post
January 1, 2012 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
As I drove by the school our church met in, my son said to his friend, "That's where our church meets." In protest, the boy next to him said, "That's not a church, that's a school." Technically he was right. I glanced in the rearview mirror as my...