Throughout the next few weeks, this site will feature articles exploring key ways women can grow in spiritual leadership.
One of my favorite women in Scripture is Mary of Bethany, who broke through an almost impenetrable first-century barrier: she sat at the feet of Jesus. Imagine the shock reverberating through her village when she sat at his feet, taking her place with men postured to learn.
Women didn’t do that!
Only disciples of the Rabbi sat at the feet of the Rabbi, and women weren’t included. These were serious disciples preparing to be teachers—a role also not open to women.
Jesus affirmed all women, not just Mary, when He said, “Mary had chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). Mary and countless other courageous women throughout Scripture and church history provide stories of encouragement for women today.
Women can move into leadership roles in all facets of ministry.
Scripture makes it clear. Gender does not limit the significance or breadth of serving Christ.
Perhaps you are a woman sensing God’s call to leadership. If you’re wondering how to answer his call, I can think of no better place than to begin where Mary did, at the feet of Jesus, seeking Him for guidance.
Maybe you’re one who’s thinking God hasn’t called you to lead. Let this verse from Psalm 68:11 encourage you.
The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng. Psalm 68:11
Don’t underestimate what God will do with a surrendered heart. God can grow your small place of leadership into His grand plan. The women who lead and those who proclaim His word are a mighty throng. You are included.
How do you define spiritual leadership?
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