But even with conflict on the horizon, we must not be afraid of the journey God has for us. Woman of God, you are qualified by the Holy One. Do not fear! If you’re a woman pursuing the call of leadership, I want to encourage you. You are not alone on the journey. Other women have gone before you, and God is with you as you travel. Don’t be afraid of the call that God has placed upon your heart and life. If he has called you, he will equip you! He will make a path for you! Don’t be afraid of people who are intimidated by your leadership or those who are jealous of you. When you are called to lead, God will take care of the rest. Embrace the call he has for you. He has made you sufficient and has qualified you for the work. That is the only approval you need.
Also, remember that the younger generation is watching. There are little girls on the pew, and teenage girls who are looking for female mentors and friends to shape their lives. They are waiting for you to step up to the challenge of leadership, which will assist them in the same process. Are you ready to step into the freedom that God has given you?
Dr. Dawn Morton has a Doctor of Education in Leadership and serves as the Associate Dean for Institutional Assessment, Assistant Professor for Christian Formation and Leadership, and the Doctor of Ministry Track Leader for Transformational Leadership at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.