You know that feeling when your brain can’t take one more bit of information because you can’t physically store it anywhere? Your brain doesn’t know how to organize it or move forward because there’s so much in there?
I got to attend Gifted to Lead: The Art of Leading in the Church as a Woman yesterday. Great day. Great women. Lots of good stuff to lean into and flesh out.
Today we were at Willowcreek for the Reveal conference. Continues tomorrow. Taking a deep look at how our churches help people move from interested in Christ to a deeply committed disciple.
Highlights from Gifted to Lead…
Growing Up a Leader
Young girls with the gift of leadership can be described as bossy. But boys are described as active and agressive. Girls are more verbal when they’re younger. It’s the line between being strong but likable. Females get confused about how to be assertive yet kind.
The fear of men & women working closely together has kept people from great tasks & ministries
There is something very powerful about having your gift named. YOU are a leader.
Do you have zero ego? Make room for people to use their gifts
I have to put my call on the altar of community
Can I receive criticism in a way that provokes growth?
What is the size of the obstacle it will take to stop you?
Vision of Your Calling
My vision of leadership must be bigger than my place & situation
The world needs my gift
My gift should energize me and bring me joy most of the time
When you lead well, you will face obstacles
Stop being surprised that leadership is hard. It’s 80% perserverence
Fight hard to be the leader God called you to be
God is the source of my gift
We must tap into people’s desires to have an impact on their world
We have great power in our verbiage when we communicate vision
Try to get very clear on who God made you to be and who God didn’t make you to be
The most difficult person to lead will always be yourself
Look around you…no one looks like you. Then why do we always try to copy others?
Do I have a settled understanding of who I am?
The more comfortable I get with my brokenness, the easier it is to be self-aware
Learn the right kind of talking back
Communicate strongly in order to clarify, direct, encourage, admonish, apologize, envision
Learn how to speak more, be stronger in your voice
But maybe your challenge is to speak less and speak better
Be gracious in your listening, but firm in your decision
If you have to say something difficult, start from making observations and asking questions
What am I afraid of? We’re afraid our voice won’t be heard.
If you do not give yourself a chance to make mistakes, your leadership will be capped
We must become very comfortable with making mistakes
Get comfortable saying “I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I dropped the ball, I need help, I don’t know, what do you think?”
When we handle conflict well, we own our power, collaborate, create momentum, equip & empower, deal directly with issues & people
Compromise is mutually agreed upon medicority
Creating a Rhythm of Life that Works
What’s one thing you’re going to take out of your schedule and one thing you’re going to add?
Henry Cloud: Three things change people – grace, truth & time
In the majority of life, there is not a right or wrong answer
There are transitions & then there are seasons
If you don’t intentionally think about your life after marriage & kids, you’ll gravitate to more traditional roles
Sometimes you have to lower your standards in different seasons of life
What do you need to breathe life into you?
Jesus never journaled
My heart bursts when I reflect on how much I love my husband & family. That’s the tip of the ice burg of how much God loves me
Leaning into your Tribe
We are mean to the very women we worship next to on Sunday morning
We envy the most in the places we feel the most vulnerable
In the church, we don’t always celebrate the number of options open to women
There are countless ways to do life – stop criticizing other women’s choices
Believe the best about other women
Get over our insecurities
Mentoring & Leaving a Leadership Legacy
Don’t need a big curriculum – just hang out time
They want to hear your stories & talk about situations
Leaders like chaos. Administrators clean it up & sequence it
Our community needs every valued gift
We make heroes out of people with certain kinds of gifts
Every spiritual gift is a reflection of God
To develop leaders: give them opportunities, challenges & relationships