There are times that I haven’t felt like my voice was needed, let alone my gender a necessary addition to the life of the church.
But there have been women along the way – women like Mylinda, one of my first pastors, and Lisa, a woman in ministry who believed in my gifts as a lay person – who have reminded me that my voice, my identity and my gender are more than needed in the Kingdom of God. Head over to Gifted for Leadership to read the entire article, for the church, and the entire body of Christ, needs women leaders!
I remember our conversation like it was yesterday.
“Have you ever thought about being a pastor when you grow up?” Pastor Mylinda leaned over and asked, pointing to the people and the building around us. “I could see you doing what I do.”
I looked at her and gawked. Me? I wanted her to see something bigger, shinier, and perhaps a bit higher-paying for me. But she saw pastoring in my future, and a pastor of sorts I eventually became. It all began when Mylinda spoke those holy words to me.
Over the next 15 years, though, I began to doubt them. I hardly saw any women in positions of leadership. I’d left the little American Baptist church I grew up in—a denomination known for its support of women—and the church Mylinda pastored. Most of the worship settings I chose hadn’t yet figured out what they believed about females in the church.
Questions soon overwhelmed me: Could women hold positions of leadership in the church? All I knew was that I wasn’t seeing people who looked like me leading the flock. As a young woman, not seeing older women in leadership positions felt detrimental to my calling, my sex, and my identity. If there wasn’t room for other seminary-trained, called, women who had gifts and talents to share, how could I ever attempt to do the same?
Curious as to the answers to the questions I posed? Head over to Gifted for Leadership to read more, and remember, woman, you are needed!
Otherwise, enter the conversation: How important is it for you to see women leaders in the church? Whether you’re a man or a woman, how have women in leadership positively affected who you are?