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Identity and Worship Speak into the Life of a Leader

An interview with worship and executive pastor Gail Song Bantum
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What are your words of encouragement to women who lack confidence in their leadership, do not have the mentors they desire, or are isolated on the leadership journey?

In spite of our concerns and insecurities as leaders, we have to step up and take risks. We have to be willing to share of ourselves, reveal our boundaries and weaknesses in addition to our strengths. We must admit that we cannot lead God's way in our own strength, but we can lead under God's authority and through our brokenness. Christ calls each of us to follow him. The Apostle Paul encouraged his disciples to follow him as he followed Christ. Therefore, the leader must be willing to be the first to step out, allowing and paving the way for other people to thrive. This is what it means to be a good steward of our leadership gift–we identify gifts, discern where those gifts are best utilized within the community, and create space and opportunities for the community collectively to thrive.

What is worship and why is it important in the life of the leader?

Worship is the response in our creativeness to our Creator, the totality of who we are–heart, mind, soul, and strength. I'm also reminded of David's words to Araunah in 2 Samuel 24, "I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing." Faithful and costly stewardship is what ties all of these together for the leader. It is what allows the leader to respond in obedience to all that God created him or her to be and to do. Our leadership is an act of worship. Therefore, we must work at cultivating our leadership with great diligence, humility, and courage, with the understanding that making disciples is not an option, but rather, it's the great commission and thus, a very sacred and costly act of worship.

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is a writer, inspirational speaker, leadership and mentoring trainer, and human trafficking advocate. She received her M.A. in Christian Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte) in May 2014, with concentrations in prayer and fasting, racial reconciliation, and biblical justice. Natasha has over fifteen years of experience leading and mentoring in personal, professional, and church settings. Connect with Natasha through her official website, blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

July07, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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