Called to Be a Leader: Interview with Dr. Angie Ward, part I

“The question is not WHETHER you have influence. The questions are WHERE do you have influence, and HOW are you going to use that influence to bring honor and glory to God?”

That statement from Dr. Angie Ward in  I Am A Leader: When Women Discover the Joy of Their Calling jolted me from my narrow concept of leadership this winter. I feel like she’s telling me and every woman who can get their hands on this book, “Face it, sister, God has called you to be a leader. You get to start right where you are even while He develops you for bigger purposes.” Read More

What If Your Calling to Go Forward Means Going Back?

Go.

Go fast. Go hard. Go far.

Just go.

That’s the message of our culture, isn’t it? You want to be labelled a leader? Then, you better race to the top, push all the boundaries, blaze all the trails.

Even in our churches, we sometimes double-down on that one word in the Matt 28:19-20  great commission—”Therefore GO“—and de-emphasize the steady, relationship-oriented work that must happen to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Certainly, when God calls us to go, whether it’s into a new opportunity or a new place, we need to go. But what if one way He’s calling you or me to go is by calling us to stay? Read More

Reading Roundup: Get Growing in Leadership, Prayer, and Faith

If you read last week’s post, you know we’ve started a series on finding and fulfilling our callings, with a special emphasis on the how God equips women to live on purpose for Him. With that in mind, I’ve got three resources in this quarter’s Reading Roundup to help you pursue your goals this new year. It’s time to get growing in leadership, prayer, and faith, and these books will help. Read More

Wise Women, Leading Ladies, and What They Teach Us about Calling

Calling is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep need meet.

My friend, leadership expert Angie Ward, branded this Frederick Buechner quote onto my brain during a conversation on all things women and calling. For Angie, the idea of deep gladness answering deep need encapsulates the theme of her upcoming book, I Am a Leader: When Women Discover the Joy of Their Calling. The quote resonated with me as an invitation to trust God as He matches our gifts, talents, and life lessons to His purposes. And if our callings don’t look like everyone else’s? What looks different may be what God needs for something new.

Just look at Lydia. An unexpected person in an unexpected place, she used the deep gladness God unleashed within her to help open the door to Europe for the gospel.

However, the story of that open door began with a closed door. Read More

How Wise Prayers Shape Our Lives

Shout out to every woman in seminary right now. It’s been a week for us and our sisters serving on the front lines, regardless of ministry role or theological conviction. I’m not going to rehash the “women in ministry” debates, especially the ones that seem like misogyny cloaked in religious posturing, but let me say two things:

First, I am thankful for classmates like these as well as professors, pastors, families, and friends who cheer us on to become better equipped so that we can better equip God’s people.

Second, I believe there is room for thoughtfully considered theological differences as long as we are willing to wrestle with ALL the relevant passages of Scripture and humbly seek the Lord for wisdom. Wrestling each other in arrogant, disrespectful ways is not God-honoring.

That brings me to this week’s passage from Proverbs 3. Last post we studied a wise, loving explanation for why God’s wisdom is of prime importance. This week, we home in on 3:5-8 with how to apply wisdom, including how we apply it as we walk in our callings. Read More

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