Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13
Leading a group, no matter the size, is not for the faint of heart. Godly leadership requires character, humility, boldness, integrity, commitment, and perseverance to even get started! And every decision, every action must be viewed and executed through the lens of wisdom. We nervously doubt our ability to lead fiercely. Wisdom comes from our generous Father, not our cleverness or breadth of knowledge. We humbly apply acquired knowledge as we live to complete the work God has entrusted to us.
I have found it beneficial to integrate these three business principles into my leadership role within the church.
- Build leadership skills
- Build a fierce team
- Build and execute a plan
Today we will talk about the first point, build leadership skills.
I am not saying we need an MBA to lead in women’s ministry, but we must become good leaders through self analysis, training, and study.
Self analysis: be students of self, willing to change and grow
- Take a spiritual gift assessment test to discover spiritual gifts.
- Take a personality assessment test to determine strengths and weaknesses.
- Examine motives for everything.
- Identify hidden or blatant sin and repent.
- Conduct a spiritual maturity assessment. Ask these questions:
- Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in my life?
- Is my faith growing?
- Do I love to study and read God’s Word?
- Am I obeying God?
- Am I doing the works God has called me to do?
Training: hands-on instruction and practice boosts confidence for implementation of a ministry plan
- Research training opportunities. Present details, cost, and benefits to the pastor or specified staff for approval.
- Arrange to spend a few days with an experienced women’s minister at another church and gain insight.
- Attend women’s conferences geared toward leadership issues.
Study: deepen our knowledge base
- Primarily dig into Scripture. Study characters in leadership roles, especially Jesus.
- Read books on leadership and character including biographies to gain wisdom from other’s experience.
Primarily women want to follow a humble leader who walks closely with God while gaining the necessary skills to lead with courage. If God has called you to lead women, do so with skill and excellence. Be someone they want to follow, and then lead them straight to Jesus. (1 Corinthians 11:1 Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.)