Empowering Women in Leadership
Updated: Sep 12
I had the privilege of sharing these ideas with a group of leaders in Southeast Asia. Every idea is something I have experienced, or wish I had experienced, or heard of someone experiencing.
God calls, gifts, and invites women into leadership. It is beautiful and powerful when men, women, old, young, all serve together to show the love of God to the world.
Ask emerging women leaders if they have a message in them.
Let their voices be heard.
Invite women leaders to be “in the room” at meetings.
Enlarge the invitation list if no women are in the leadership role being invited.
Facilitate mentoring opportunities.
Use prayerful creativity, one-on-one or in groups.
Listen to the input and wisdom of women leaders.
Often wisdom will be spoken with a quiet voice.
In church settings, provide ongoing preaching opportunities to women.
Invite women guest preachers if no women at your church are ready yet to preach.
Ask God to give you His imagination to see the potential in women leaders.
Recognize that their leadership looks different than in men.
Give up a role to allow a woman to have space to serve.
God has led people to do this.
Share with women leaders the gifts that you see in them.
Women might not see the gifts in themselves.
In church settings, provide theological training for women leaders.
Ask women leaders how things are going.
Let women tell you what they see.
Use language that includes women.
Speak of the man or woman whom God will call to serve.
See the composition of leadership teams.
Include both men and women whenever possible.
Look for how God is moving in emerging leaders.
Both men and women, old and young.
In church settings, provide meaningful fellowship opportunities for women leaders.
Include opportunities to stretch beyond their comfort zone.
Encourage women leaders to let God show them big vision.
Let them dream with God.
Ask the Holy Spirit to call and empower men and women, old and young, for service.
There is beautiful Scripture from the Bible that speaks to this.
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” ~ Acts 2:17-18
May it be so.
About: Jenny Switkes is a pastor, mathematics professor, and missionary who is passionate about Jesus and loves the bivocational life that God has given her. She loves helping apostolic leaders clarify their calling and take next steps to live their call.
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