I did consulting at a church once that had not grown in many years. It didn’t take long to diagnose the problem. The Sr. Pastor was tearing the church apart by saying to people, “We are going to build more facilities whether you come with us or not.” His attitude was that the people were there to serve him instead of being God’s servant to the church. The people felt used and not valued. He did not seem to understand the need of his people. Last I heard the church has not grown and in fact continues to decline.
Good leadership brings out the best in people. It makes more of an individual than she would have been had she not followed you. This year I began praying about new staff to recruit for WIN. Recruiting is not about finding women who can do something for me. My search is for leaders I can invest in and co-labor with who share the same passion of investing in the next generation of leaders. This requires becoming aware of what they need. They must have a need to make it a win-win. What is the need? Would they benefit from being around sharp women that will challenge them? What area do they need to grow in? Would it benefit them to be around other women who share the same passion? What ever the need it should be identified soon in the relationship. This way we do not end up hollow.
Paul said he had run the race and finished the course; he was satisfied with his leadership. That, in the end, should be the product of any leader’s life.
What is your need as a woman in ministry?