13. You will have enemies, inside and outside of your local assembly.
Some won’t like you because you’re a woman. Others won’t like your personality. Still others won’t like a particular decision you make. There will always be people who don’t agree with us. Do not let them drain your mental and emotional energy. As First Lady Michelle Obama says, “When they go low, we go high.” Take the high road. “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).
All church planters face struggles, but women church planters face an extra set of problems. If you hope to go the distance in church planting, you’ll need to maintain quality relationships with God, family, and self. Organizational planning is important, but if you want to be healthy and happy, you can’t neglect the relational aspects of church planting.
Dorothy J. Haire, D.Min. is a retired founder and pastor of a non-denominational church outside St. Louis, and a retired Speech-Language Pathologist. She is presently an assignment writer for Sparkman Christian Magazine and is writing a narrative on the Book of James.