I’m a chick in church leadership.
Yep, there I said it. Kinda stating the obvious I know, but I’ve been dragging my feet about really engaging this topic.
I have such a passion for gender to not be the polarizing issue that it tends to be in the church and yet I’ve been afraid to really engage it. If I’m honest I’m fearful that I’ll get pegged as the “church leader chick” and I won’t earn credibility with my male counterparts. I’m afraid that I’ll ruffle some of your feathers because I have pretty strong, passionate views on the issue. I’m afraid that some of you won’t take me seriously because I’m a woman and you’ll think I’m just trying to promote an agenda. My list of excuses and fears goes on and on…
I can’t seem to escape it.
More and more young women in leadership reach out to me to talk about my role and how I navigate it as a woman. More frequently I’m talking to male leaders who are trying to figure out how to involve women more effectively in leadership positions. And every day my beliefs, passions and convictions grow, forcing me to evaluate how I’m supposed to use this influence.
I believe I am called to lead leaders (regardless of gender), but I also feel that I have a responsibility to encourage, support and champion female leaders. I sense that God has given me this role of influence to use wisely in helping to pave the way for leaders who will come after me. (And just to make sure I got the message, God strategically used my own Pastor to reinforce this with his message on Esther a couple of weeks ago.)
So, I’m really praying and seeking God about what this means. I have some ideas brewing and am having strategic conversations with peers, friends and mentors. But I would love to know from you:
What do you believe is the most pressing issue for women in church leadership?