The topic of women in leadership has always been intriguing to me, but this election year has really heated up the conversation. I have been in Christian leadership circles for almost 15 years now. I have heard a lot of the debates. I have heard the pros and cons. I have heard scripture used effectively and scripture totally manipulated.
I have served with some very effective women leaders and some not so effective women leaders. The factors that contributed to their effectiveness had nothing to do with their gender. It had everything to do with them discovering the way that God had uniquely gifted them and living that out in the comfort of their own skin.
In her article James says,
“While I don’t want to discount the importance of understanding men and how they think and operate, we aren’t men and are giving up something central to who we are if we lose ourselves by imitating them. We end up distancing our very selves from the message we proclaim. We can routinely prepare and deliver messages without connecting our words to our own hearts and struggles, without tapping into the rich perspectives God has given us as women or drawing out of our personal histories with God. ”
At Cross Point, I get the unique opportunity to serve with Jenni Catron , our executive director. Jenni is a very effective, comfortable leader whom I believe has discovered her unique voice. It’s been a joy to learn from her, walk with her, and partner with her in leadership. There have been a couple of instances where she has been looked down upon and treated unfairly because she is a female in church leadership, but each time, she has handled the situation with grace and understanding.
I think Cross Point and the general church as a whole has a lot of improvements that we need to make in helping women find their unique voice. I hope and pray this will continue to be a front burner issue for the Christian community over the next couple of years.
What do you guys think?
Opening a can of worms,