Nov 4, 2019
What do you think of when I say, “Military Sisterhood”? That was
the question Kristin Goodrich posed to about 50 women at the
beginning of a weekend retreat last March at OCF's White Sulphur
Springs Conference Center. One West Point cadet’s response stood
out amid the varied responses, "Sisterhood? What sisterhood?"
Today you’re going to hear from Kristin, a U.S. Naval Academy
graduate who is now the Executive Officer for Planting Roots, a
ministry for Christian military women. She will talk about the
importance of building community among women within OCF, the
importance of friendships, and will zero in on a couple points of
author Peter Scazzero’s list of the “Top 10 Symptoms of Emotionally
You can also read more from Scazzero in his book “Emotionally Healthy
A second Leading Women Retreat is scheduled in 2020 from March
26-29 at White Sulphur Springs Conference Center in Pennsylvania.
So mark your calendars now. Check out the OCF and White Sulphur
Springs websites for more information about the retreat. Those
sites will be updated as details and registration become available.
You can also join the Leading Women private Facebook group by clicking
here (or by sending an email to Kristin if you have trouble
accessing the group).
// WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT
- Introducing Kristin Goodrich, her involvement in USNA OCF and
later OCF Council, and her calling to military women ministry.
- What was the purpose behind the Leading Women Retreat at
More about the question “What do you think of when I say Military
Sisterhood?” and why you asked it.
- What sorts of answers did you get, and what did those answers
- How did others respond, and then how did you follow up to
continue that discussion?
- You said friendship in an art, not a science. How so?
- What is a key takeaway for listeners regarding friendship?
- Peter Scazzero’s “Top 10 Symptoms of Emotionally Unhealthy
Spirituality.” Kristin talks about two of the ten points: Dying to
the wrong things, and doing for God rather than being with God. “We
have become human ‘doings’ rather than human ‘beings.’ We work for
God rather than with God.”
- How does emotionally unhealthy spiritually tie back into
military sisterhood? What kind of questions were generated by going
through that Top 10 list?
- Kristin talks about the military community largely being
Type-A, mathematical, with strategic mindsets leaning towards a
“science mindset.” But the art of friendship is subjective on how
to make it happen.
- Any books you recommend? One book used during the retreat last
year: John Ortberg book “Soul
- Kristin recommends “Free to Be Brave: Moments with God for
Military Life” and “Flourish Wherever the Military Sends You” for
those wanting resources that point women to Christ so they thrive
in military life. More information can be found at the
Planting Roots website. You can hear from Planting Roots
Director Kori Yates in Episode
25, when she appeared as a guest on Crosspoint.
- What’s the takeaway for listeners from our conversation?
Kristin’s final thought: That Christian military women accept
the challenge to develop a healthy sisterhood, to view each other
as a sisterhood—encouraging, exhorting each other, telling the
family stories where we can poke at each other, and yet we are all
for each other.