I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum, which I am excited to be speaking at this year. (Our Women’s ministry team helped with this post.)
As women are leading more and more in the broader culture, Christian women are being given more opportunities to steward and more responsibilities to leverage for God’s kingdom. How can ministry leaders encourage women as they serve and lead in different ways in both their churches and in the world?
1. Acknowledge their leadership.
Any leader would tell you that leadership isn’t easy. In some ways, it is even more difficult for women who lead. God has called women to serve and lead in various ways, yet sometimes they have not been encouraged to find their place of leadership or grow as leaders. Often their peers or their supervisors do not cheer them on. Occasionally they are even discouraged from leading. Find ways to highlight the women who serve in your church and in their professional lives.
2. Give them opportunities to serve.
Women are looking for ways to live out their faith in various ways—in and through their churches, in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, community organizations, and families. Many times, women will not actively pursue leadership roles that they are not 100% sure they will succeed in. However, given the opportunity, most women will rise to the occasion because someone else believed they could do it and that encouraged them to grow and stretch their leadership abilities. Give women opportunities to serve and to influence others.
3. Provide training and encouragement.
Women desire to know how to live out their faith in all areas of life. And women lead differently than men. So, where do women learn to navigate the challenges they face in their spheres of influence? How do they learn healthy conflict management, negotiating skills, or team building? And are they grounded in God’s Word daily? Our culture is difficult to navigate, and women need to know that God and His truth will prevail.
Women need a place to be spiritually recharged, to be given practical leadership tools, and to find a network of other women seeking to be the best leaders they can be for Christ. LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum is a unique opportunity to do just that. This yearly event for women in leadership will be held in Nashville on November 10-12. This year’s theme is Replicate—people replicating people. Jesus did it with His disciples. Paul did it with his followers. But what does this look like as a Christ-follower? As a woman who leads? As believers, our mandate is “Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
We hope that women who serve as leaders in all areas of life will attend Women’s Leadership Forum and be equipped. This event is for women like:
- Brooke—Her husband is in ministry, and she’s trying to find her place to lead alongside him and serve their church well.
- Simone—She’s been a women’s ministry leader for a long time, and she is bringing her team for a leadership retreat.
- Meredith—She’s working in a corporate job but wants to make an impact for Christ right where she is. She needs some wisdom from other women.
- Erin—She’s a brand new leader, and it’s her first time leading a team. She is looking for some practical tools to do the work God has called her to.
It’s for women just like the ones who are in your church. For more details on the LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum, visit lifeway.com/womensforum
Today I am giving away one free registration ($195 value) for LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 10-12, 2016. Register here or in the form below before 11:59pm CT tonight, Wednesday, September 21, 2016. We will email the winner on Thursday, September 22.