Introducing 'Gifted for Leadership'

For all you women out there, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of Gifted for Leadership. It's a new resource designed specifically for Christian women who are capable, called, and gifted leaders. Unfortunately, many Christian women in leadership feel alone in their calling. They need a place where they can converse about the issues they face, encourage one another, and challenge each other. They want something different from the women's ministry resources and events that discuss issues unique to women. They want tools that visit topics that are not unique to women, but that approach them from a woman's perspective.

That's why we're producing a blog, a free monthly e-mail newsletter (you can sign up at the blog), and - coming soon - a collection of downloadable booklets. These tools will equip, encourage, challenge, and unite women who exercise leadership gifts in church and parachurch ministry, in business, and at home. They'll also build a community of women with leadership gifts who can challenge and support one another and grow together.

Like Out of Ur, "Gifted for Leadership" is a resource of Christianity Today International, produced in partnership with the editors of Leadership journal. I'm very excited to launch this blog and to tell you about our Gifted for Leadership philosophy:

We believe that people who have the spiritual gift of leadership are called to lead, not for their own benefit, but for the sake of nurturing the body of Christ. Women with leadership gifts, as with all gifts, are obligated to use those gifts in the ways and the places God has called them to. We are committed to speaking with these values:

Biblical truth - We always look at leadership issues through a biblical lens.

Reality - We are realistic about the issues, struggles, challenges, opportunities, and joys women leaders face.

Honesty - We are committed to addressing reality with honesty and without apology.

Redemption - We express ourselves without bitterness. When speaking from personal pain, we point to hope and

Healing - even if our healing process is incomplete. This is not a forum for mere arguments or expressions of personal anguish.

Love - We care about women in leadership and want to make personal connections with them.

Equipping - We help women get better, and more confident, in what they do.

Encouragement - We want women to feel good about the gifts God has given them, and we help them see how they can use those gifts. We love and root for the church and its people.

Challenge - We challenge women to use their leadership gifts, pursue spiritual growth, and think deeply.

Unity - We help women rise above the arguments and judgments about where they should lead. Instead, we agree that we are all obligated to use our gifts in the ways God has called us to do so.

If you're committed to these values, please join this conversation. Let's encourage each other to use the gifts God has given us.

Amy Simpson is Executive Editor of Resources at Christianity Today International.

January 23, 2007

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Allie

January 26, 2007  8:55am

Thank you, thank you so much for courageously creating this blog. I've always believed that men and women were equally gifted for leadership; otherwise, why would the Holy Spirit have given both men and women those gifts? I don't think He ever said that the gifts necessary for the pastoral office and other leadership positions were going to be marked "men only". Thank you for creating space for these important issues!

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Henriet Schapelhouman

January 25, 2007  10:15am

As a woman in leadership, having served in a pastoral role for about 18 years, I am committed to the role of women in Christian leadership. What a joy that you've added this blog, validating women in leadership in a tangible way. Good for you! Good for us! Thanks for leading in this way. I had discovered this blog last week and added it to my RSS feed.

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patricia

January 24, 2007  1:28pm

Thank you! I am grateful you are stepping out to support and affirm women leaders. For myself, I have had to find my primary resources outside of Christian circles since "leadership is male" is the common theme in churches today. I hope you will address women leaders who serve in church context, business context, and home context.

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Ann

January 24, 2007  1:05pm

I was interested in the phrase, "women...are obligated to use those gifts..." That is a reflection of some of my currently evolving thinking about being a woman in leadership. I am interested to see what this site will become. ~Ann

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Shawna R. B. Atteberry

January 24, 2007  11:44am

I discovered the website yesterday, and I think it's a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for creating it.

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Linda

January 24, 2007  9:49am

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your willingness to address the needs that women in ministry have and the challenges we face! I look forward to the interaction with other sisters in Christ ... Ruth Haley Barton has said it best - "I rest in the fact that people - even those who try to limit the ways in which women serve God - cannot ultimately prevent God from accomplishing His will in and through my life. If He has given me spiritual gifts to use in service to others, He will give me opportunities to use them. Too often I have looked to people to recognize my gifts and give me the opportunity to use them, as if they had ultimate control But God does not waste His gifts or His calling. As I am engaged in the process of becoming the kind of person God can use, He will place me where I can be of greatest use to Him."

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