Leading in the Storm

Leading in the Storm

There have been a few times in my life where something major was going on in my personal life in tandem with active ministry responsibilities.  One of the first responses from others is the desire to take away my burden by giving me time off from ministry, canceling ministry plans for a future date, etc.  The intentions are good hearted, out of a desire to make my life easier during a difficult season.  However, as leaders, we must be careful to not to assume that is the right course of action.

Yes, with most certainty, there are going to be women who need a grace filled pass to let things go, or step down for a season or even forever.  However, there are women like myself who find that our responsibilities (work, school, or ministry) help to take our mind off the circumstances we are facing.

When Another Leader is Facing a Storm:

  • Don’t make assumptions.  Ask if she needs time off, or would like to continue in her role/capacity.
  • Inquire how you can support her personally (meals, running errands, etc.) as well as in her ministry work (assistance, volunteers, etc.)
  • Check in with her occasionally to see how things are going, if she needs help, or resources.

Unleashed

Hillary Clinton

Whether it is the women on your leadership team, or the women sitting in the pews each week… they are waiting.

I don’t know if you can sense it, but I can.  When I slip into a local women’s event hosted by one of the local churches or sit in during conversations with other leaders… there is a pulse.

Our women are feeling called to move, but many are not sure what for.  They are signing up for studies, starting prayer groups, reading more, talking more, finding places to serve, and for those who don’t have the opportunity to do any of these thing… they feel a longing they can’t understand.

Your women are waiting to be unleashed.

So, what can we do?

  1. Connect your women to one another, in relationships & community.
  2. Encourage your women to dig into the Word on a deeper level.
  3. Foster solid prayer habits in your women.
  4. Engage the women in opportunities to serve.

Connect Women:  Host events at your own church, go as a group to other women’s events, encourage the women to have lunch or coffee with one another, and as a leader help set the precedent by being an example of this.

Women in the Word:  Offer not only topical Bible study groups, but find ways to help the women dig deeper.  Look into curriculum for study groups that will take them to the next level, consider hosting or attending a workshop on study techniques, create a discipleship plan, and help the women discover resources that can help with their personal study.

Praying Women:  Prayer habits can make for a great brunch topic, group study, or workshop.  There are great books and resources on the value of prayer, and how to pray.  Create a prayer room in your church building, develop a women’s prayer group, utilize prayer chains, and set the example by employing prayer in your women’s events.

Women who Serving:  Find opportunities to serve in your community on your own or with your leader team.  Share testimonials from these service opportunities with your women, and then invite them to join you in future service project.  Encourage the women to share their ideas or organizations that are close to their own hearts with you.  As they make suggestions, they will also help generate excitement from other women in the church to participate.

The women are ready to be unleashed, engage them & equip them… then watch them flourish for the Kingdom.