Picking at the torn corner of my folder, I sat on my campus minister’s couch, eager for our mentoring session to begin. I had just taken a spiritual gifts inventory for the first time, and I was both shocked and excited to see how clear the results were: leadership, shepherding, and prophecy, to name a few. It made sense—I was already a small-group leader, and other leaders came to me for advice.
I’ll never forget my campus minister’s reaction. She looked me square in the eyes and told me to research the various Christian views on women in leadership. She didn’t want to discourage me. She wanted to prepare me. As a woman in ministry, she knew the challenges women leaders face. Thoughtful, God-loving people hold conflicting views on women in leadership, and my campus minister wanted me to do my own research, praying for God’s wisdom. To this day, I’m thankful for her counsel. It’s helped me navigate many conversations with wisdom and grace.1