When my son was a toddler, one of his favorite games involved building towers of wooden blocks so he could knock them down. He had a certain proclivity for a specific type of tower – those built on the foundation of one, single block. As I would pile blocks on top of the other, only a few would make the stack before it would become unstable. I would then begin to show him how to build a sturdier tower, with a larger number of blocks across the base. These towers provided stability for the upper blocks as I stacked them. When he tried to knock these down, one single blow of his arm didn’t crush my structure.
As a leader, if you’re looking for long-term stability and sustainability in your women’s ministry, become a great tower builder. Put intentional thought into your structure, especially your base. You can do some truly amazing things as God works through you individually. However, as your ministry grows, you will discover that one person, no matter how talented, can only do so much. If you build a leadership team that helps support your vision, you establish a long-term, successful ministry.
As you pray for God’s guidance in putting together a leadership team, here are some questions you should consider:
1. What are the areas of women’s ministry for which I need leaders? (Events, Discipleship, Mission Projects, etc.)
2. What (spiritual) gifts and talents will assist me where I’m not strong as a leader?
3. Who in my church can help me build a multi-generational ministry?
In Psalm 61:3, David writes of the Lord, “For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.” (ESV) Throughout the Bible, towers provide a place to defend against enemies, and often a place of refuge and safety. Make no mistake about it – our women’s ministries are vulnerable to the same types of attacks. Satan wants to take us down! One of the wisest decisions you can make as a leader is to establish a strong leadership team that will provide a band of defense against Satan’s attacks as well as a place of refuge and support system for you.
Pray about who the Lord might have join your team, as you continue reaching women for Jesus in your church and community. We are better together!
What challenges do you face in building a ministry leadership team?