Women play a vital role in the growth of the church. We are daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and friends.
We are teachers, helpers, administrators, visionaries, planners, and counselors.
We lead and co-lead Women’s Bible Studies, Teas, Retreats, Children’s Programs, MOPS programs, Hospitality Luncheons, visits to the elderly and visit the sick.
We make meals, write notes of encouragement, collect food for the hungry, rock babies, teach children to worship, disciple teens, go on missions trips, and train up the next generation.
That’s only scratching the surface of the myriad of ways women serve in the church.
Our role matters.
But so many of us feel ill equipped to step out of our comfort zone and step up to the place of leader or co-leader.
We fear we aren’t good enough or organized enough or talented enough. We fear we don’t know God’s word well enough or we aren’t socially adept enough to lead. So we sit in the back row and let other women step up to the plate or allow ministries to fall by the wayside.
After 2 decades of leading in church ministry, I want to share with you some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Being a leader is not for the faint at heart. It comes with many difficulties and hurdles.
I’ve been on the serving end, where I’ve followed leaders who were a bit frustrating for me to follow and I’ve been on the leadership side, where I know I’ve frustrated my followers.
Some of the places I’ve served in the church over the years include: holding babies in the nursery for many years, being a camp counselor at a handicapped camp several summers, street evangelism every week for a year, teaching inner city kids in Chicago, 6 missions trips inside and outside the USA, leading over 10 Neighborhood Bible Clubs, over 5 Titus 2 Workshops, many Retreats, Teas, Women’s Bible Studies, discipling teens, Mentoring moms, leading Good Morning Girls groups, Co-leading a couples Bible Study in my home, writing on-line, and running my first (and possibly my last) Women Living Well Conference (this was not my cup of tea).
I want to share all that I have learned through my ups and downs in ministry with you. We will look into God’s Word, as our guide to becoming Women Leading Well.
The ministry of Good Morning Girls is a group ministry. It is based on accountability groups. It takes women – who have a vibrant walk with God and a heart for women – to step up and lead the group. I hope that this series blesses our leaders and encourages some of you who are not yet leaders –but feel God tugging at your heart to lead –to step out in faith and “just do it”.
We don’t just need group leaders for GMG – we need strong women around the world to rise up, inside our local churches and disciple their children and grandchildren and help the young and old. We need to be women reaching out to the lost, serving the broken hearted, filling in the gaps where help is needed and studying God’s Word – prepared to counsel those God brings into our path.
So this Wednesday series will go hand in hand with Women Living Well Ministries and Good Morning Girls.
I hope that all of the GMG leaders will join me every Wednesday as I will address issues that come up from leading small groups and how to handle them.
I also plan to address more broad topics that all women in the church will relate to.
Together, let’s grow as we become Women Leading Well.
Walk with the King,
Are you a leader or have a desire to become a leader?
What do you lead or dream of leading?
What sort of struggles do you have as a leader that I might be able to address for you in the coming series?