By LYNN HAMILTON
Madeline Crabb started her own ministry called More Than Conquerors about four years ago. Her mission statement is "to encourage, equip and exhort anyone who's willing to hear the word of the Lord."
She says it was not her idea to leave her position with a major cosmetics company where she claims she was "on the fast track to upper management." She quit that job when "God called" on her "to serve Him in a business He was developing for her."
Since becoming an ordained minister, she has devoted a lot of time to being a "preacher" and a "teacher." Most often, she works with women, speaking with them about their "appearance, personal care, spiritual and emotional needs."
Appearance is a big deal in Crabb's opinion because of "how our attitude apart affects what we do, including our dress." She thinks that too many young women have "allowed the worldly influence" and have wrongfully chosen stars like Britney Spears as "role models."
Therefore, clothing is a major focus in the women's classes she has taught for quite a while now. In the summer of 2002, she spoke to "whoever could come" at a church and a local Christian bookstore. Around that time, she says God gave her detailed instructions, including "the names of the books" He wanted her to write.
By October 2002, she had started writing "Dressing to Please God: Clothing the Mind, Body and Spirit." Tichenor Publishing and Victory Books, a subsidiary of Crabb's ministry, helped to get the book out in just over a year.
Saturday afternoon, Crabb was promoting the finished product at a book signing at Sunshine Bible and Gift Shop. "Dressing to Please God" is the first release in a three-volume series called Heartitude.
Her intention is that Volume One will serve as "A Training Manual" for those who "want modesty returned to their daughters and granddaughters" and "employers having problems" due to current fashion trends. "There are proper ways to dress," she explains. "It comes from the heart more than anything."
The second and third volumes will deal with speech and behavior.
"Help, God! My Husband Doesn't Know You" is also on the market. It is the first volume of six in Crabb's "9-1-1" series.
In addition to writing books, Crabb sends out an online teaching newsletter to pastors and church leaders throughout Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. She also offers teaching tapes, seminars and classes. She often serves as a special speaker at churches as well as secular clubs and organizations.
Although she has given presentations to various groups, Crabb works primarily with women. She has traveled all over the country in an effort to "equip women to teach younger women propriety. Up to now, the majority of her "counseling" has been done in Indiana, but she plans to go "wherever God sends me."
Crabb has visions of making her ministry known worldwide, but in the meantime, anyone interested in contacting her to speak to a class or women's group may do so by phone at (812) 336-8581 or via e-mail at mailto:email@example.com. More information about her ministry can be obtained at www.morethanconquerors.us.
In a further attempt to "get the message out," Crabb has planned several book signings around the state. Her next will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Apologia Christian Bookstore in her hometown, Bloomington. She lives there with her husband of 25 years, Chuck, who is a senior administrator at Indiana University. He is the son of Mayor Kenny Crabb of Brazil.