Are you a woman who leads? Maybe you don’t see yourself as a leader, but God has you leading someone right where you are. Maybe it’s your kids, your friends, or the teenager next door. Maybe it’s a Women’s Ministry, a team at work, or a small group. This series—led by our women’s ministry specialist Kelly King—will help you no matter where you lead, and whether you’re leading one or one thousand.
Three years ago I began the new year with the goal of pursuing a graduate degree in theology. At the time it seemed like a lofty goal. I was in the midst of full-time ministry, teaching an adjunct class, and funding my two children’s undergraduate degrees. Even so, I was determined to begin the process. Going back to school has been one of my greatest leadership challenges, but also one of the most rewarding. As I look forward to graduating this spring, I’m reminded that January is a good time to reflect and pray about new leadership goals. I don’t think of them as resolutions, but rather a time of seeking where the Lord is directing your next leadership step. If you want to be intentional in the coming year, here are five priorities to consider.
- What are your spiritual goals? Is this the year you are going to read through the Bible? Are you going to start a new Bible study? Are you going to join a small group? Are you going to memorize scripture? Attempt one new way to grow in your spiritual journey and make it realistic for your current season of life.
- What are you relational goals? Are you developing relationships with non-believers? Do you need to find a way to open your home and invite others for community? Maybe you just need to be a better friend or make a new friend.
- What are your physical goals? Is there something in your diet you need to eliminate? Something you need to add? Do you need to incorporate exercise in your routine? I’ve heard that just signing up for a 5K can be motivation for getting off the couch and starting moving. (This may be something I need to think about!)
- What are your emotional goals? Do you need to observe Sabbath or develop a better pattern for rest? Do you need to find others who will pray with you about your struggles? Will you consider seeing a counselor if you are stuck and need new perspective?
- What are your learning or educational goals? The phrase “leaders are learners” isn’t just a cliché. Do you need to take a leadership course? Do you need to take advantage of equipping opportunities that are already available in the workplace? Is there a book you need to read? Ask your supervisor for ideas or ways you can develop your leadership potential.
Finally, write down your goals. Create deadlines and evaluate your progress. Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t reached all of your objectives. Baby steps are still steps. Modify and learn from your original goals and make new ones. It’s a lifelong leadership process. And, remember these words from the apostle Paul, “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Kelly King is the Women’s Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Women. She and her husband, Vic, have been married for more than 28 years and have enjoyed serving together in ministry both teaching in student ministry for 25 years and teaching young married adults. They have two young adult children, Conner and Courtney, and a son-in-law, Gaige. They enjoy kayaking, having people in their home, and cheering for the Oklahoma City Thunder. A good day includes mocha lattes, Mexican food, and shopping for bargains.