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8 Ways You're Appreciated

We asked male leaders why they're thankful for you.

Dr. Krish Kandiah, theologian, justice activist, and author of God is Stranger: Finding God in Unexpected Places

Our women leaders have dramatically changed the culture and ministry impact of our church. They bring both a strategic boldness and a pastoral sensitivity to the work, a balance that we desperately need. By nature and training, women leaders are generally more intuitive, relationally insightful and extremely passionate. Thus they bring an emotional and intellectual energy to the teams they lead and to the teaching they provide. And it is clear some of the smartest leaders we have on our campuses happen to be women. When it comes to a missional mindset I find women leaders “feel the needs” in our greater community long before many men do, likely because many have been caregivers at work and in the home. Or maybe it is because women in general have been often overlooked, abused, neglected or marginalized in the world. So they have a special heart for the poor, the orphan, the widow and the stranger—the groups the Bible identifies as closest to the heart of God and deserving of special focus. I am so glad our church has women leaders—we would be "half a church" without them.

Dr. Bill Donahue, group life consultant, leadership coach, and professor at Trinity International University

Thank you to all the women leaders in the church. I am thankful for your strength to face obstacles that are unique to women in ministry. I am thankful for your perseverance through times of oppression and heartache. I am thankful for your guidance and leadership in my life and in others. I am thankful for your wise council that helps lead the church. I am thankful for your faith that continues to be at the center of your being. I am thankful that God made you in his image and that you are an ambassador for his kingdom. I am thankful to my sisters in Christ that I have the honor to be co-workers with in Christ Jesus. Thank you!

Brad Himes, involvement director at Broadway Christian Church in Mattoon, Illinois

I can remember the moment like it was yesterday. We had been visiting a traditional African American church in my hometown of Orlando, and I turned to ask my single parent mother what Women's Day was. As my mom began to explain that it’s the one Sunday of the year that the church sets aside to honor and thank the women of the church, I asked her, "So you only get one Sunday a year?" I will never forget her laughing as she reminded me that every Sunday is about Jesus, not us. My mom has a way of reminding me about the important things of life, and this is true of all women leaders. They not only remind us what’s important, but also remind us of the strength and beauty of God's bride, the church. I hate to even think of where we would be without women in the body of Christ. Thankful not only for the women that God has placed in my life but also very thankful for what women offer the body of Christ.

December19, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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