Over the past year one of the most re-occurring questions I have been receiving from women is “how do I pursue my call to leadership in the Church?” Maybe it’s becoming a small group leader; or a ministry team leader; or a member of the Church leadership team in making decisions and helping build the Church. Regardless of what role and level of leadership you are pursuing in this post today, I want to address five steps that will begin to help you in your journey of stepping into the areas of leadership you are led to pursue in your Church.
Before jumping into it I want to remind all women reading this that God’s desires and plans for your life exceed anything you could have ever imagined for yourself. This is not cliche. It’s the truth. Don’t ever allow any person; society; social media, or culture to define God’s purpose and potential for your life. Your potential was never meant to be found in, or defined by those things.
I believe that in this day God is moving so powerfully to revive and restore His daughters. I believe that the Holy Spirit is breaking off walls and barriers in our lives that for so long have hindered us from stepping forward in the fullness of what He has for us.
In many of us there are hidden revivalists; leaders; warriors; and world changers. As you read the rest of this post I pray that the Holy Spirit will begin to speak His identity and purpose over your life. I pray that His voice penetrates the deepest parts of your heart and causes you to see the value, worth, purpose, and desire He has for you.
Without any further due, let’s get right to it:
1. HAVE A CONVERSATION
If you are led to pursue a role of leadership in your Church, then begin by having a conversation with the leaders of the Church. Approach your Pastor(s) and share your heart with them. By doing so you honor their position as your Spiritual leader(s) and allow them to not only guide you through the journey with their prayers and wisdom, but to also give you an honest observation of your character, spiritual maturity and readiness in handling this role. Make room for their input and for the ways they can best equip you since that is their responsibility.
2. APPRECIATE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
A great leader begins with being a great servant. Start serving somewhere in your Church where there is a need. Before jumping to be on the forefront leading others, find out where you can serve alongside others.
3. INVEST IN YOUR GROWTH
Just because you feel led to pursue leadership it doesn’t mean that you bypass development. Identifying the call is one part, but the other part is growing and being developed for the call. Make it a point to attend Church leadership seminars; read books; take classes; and build relationships with other leaders that can pour into you. More importantly talk to your Pastors and seek their honest observations on areas in your character or spiritual development that you need to work on. How well you are equipped in this season will determine how effective you are in the next season.
4. RECEIVE GODLY CRITICISM
Your leaders, and spiritual mentors are not there to hurt your feelings or discourage you. Don’t be quick to catch an offense when Godly criticism is given. Most times when we don’t hear what we want to hear, or we are being confronted with areas in our lives that we need to adjust, we manage to convince ourselves that our leaders don’t like us, or don’t support us, when in reality that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Your leaders are there to love you, lead you, but also be truthful with you. Their job is not only to encourage your areas of strength, but to develop your areas of weaknesses by first addressing areas that need to be corrected, and re-evaluated. In doing so, they sharpen you and best prepare you to be an effective and fruitful leader in the future.
In Hebrews 12:11 it says
Being in a role of leadership will come with hardships. People will challenge you; test you; frustrate you, and disappoint you. Pray continuously to be covered in wisdom, grace, love, compassion and patience. It takes having the heart of Jesus to serve others like Jesus.
The scriptures reveal clearly that even Jesus Himself being the son of God, constantly saturated Himself in prayer. He prayed for others. He prayed with others. And He prayed alone. In Luke 5:16 we read
The word “often” is not hidden, but makes it very obvious that prayer was part of His worldview and integrated into every aspect of His life. Can we say the same for ourselves today? If Jesus needed this much prayer than imagine how much more we would need? Our prayer life will fuel us, humble us and keep us grounded.
Lastly, nothing that God calls you to do is going to require disobedience, dishonor and rebellion to make it happen. He is not going to use what He stands against to bring His own plans over your life to fulfillment. Secondly, God doesn’t need your help. He simply needs your obedience. While God brings the right people, and opens the right doors of opportunities to develop you, patiently submit to your leadership and honor those God has put in places of spiritual authority. In Hebrews 13:17 we are reminded of this truth
These are not all the steps, but some of the most helpful steps that have helped me in my journey. I pray that these few steps help you ladies in yours. Feel free to leave your questions/comments below.
Cheering you ladies on!