Leadership is the ability to influence people toward a common goal. In women’s ministry, it is sharing the vision of reaching and discipling women for Christ. All Christians are called to be leaders in one way or another. One of the privileges of being a women’s ministry leader is helping women discover their giftedness and leadership abilities and matching those with ministry opportunities.
So, what qualities should you look for in potential leaders in your ministry?
- Enthusiastic. This leader has an obvious passion for the Lord, for women, and for ministry to and with women.
- Encouraging. She will encourage others to lead and serve the Lord through various ministries—not just women’s ministry.
- Flexible. She has learned how to make adjustments without allowing a situation to fall apart should things not occur as expected.
- Innovative. She is not afraid to take risks if God has led her to step out of the “norm” and do some things that “have never been done before.”
- Available. She allows God to direct her time and priorities to serve Him wholeheartedly.
- Delegator. She knows how to allow others to take responsibility without watching over each detail. She gives others the freedom to be creative.
- Listener. She knows how to listen to those she leads; she hears and understands their hearts. She affirms their contribution as important to the team.
- Trainer. She continues to learn so that she can train others as well as keeping them informed of training opportunities offered by others.
- Nurturer/Discipler. She is as concerned about the spiritual growth of others as she is in developing leadership skills.
- Transparent. She is transparent about her own failures and weaknesses so those she leads will be able to come to her when they struggle.
- Accountable. She allows and expects the Lord and those she leads to hold her accountable for her leadership and spiritual walk.
- Evaluator. She continually evaluates activities, studies, leaders, and ministries to make sure they are effective and current.
- Dependable. She will stand by her commitments to the best of her ability.
As you invite a woman to step into a role of leadership within your ministry, remind her that if God has called her to lead, He has equipped her to do all He asks.
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. —Ephesians 2:10
God has already prepared beforehand all He wants us to do to serve Him. God’s indwelling Holy Spirit provides the power to be obedient when He calls. Remind yourself of this truth often as you lead others, and teach this same truth to women who begin serving as leaders in your ministry.
What other qualities do you look for in potential leaders?
This article is adapted from Women Reaching Women: Beginning and Building a Growing Women’s Ministry, compiled by Chris Adams.