Have you ever contemplated the question, "Who does God call to leadership?" In our personal and professional lives, understanding God's calling and purpose for our leadership is essential for embracing our roles confidently and purposefully. This article will be a rich source of biblical wisdom as we unpack the traits of God-called leaders.
God's Calling to Lead
God's criteria is not solely based on worldly standards of success or societal expectations. God often chooses unlikely individuals to fulfill His purpose and bring about transformation. Throughout the Bible, we find stories of ordinary men and women whom God called and equipped for extraordinary leadership.
According to a study conducted by Barna Group in 2020, 78% of Christian women in leadership positions felt a strong sense of God's calling to their roles. This highlights the importance of understanding the God cares about your vocation and He invites you to step into the role of leadership with confidence.
The Bible provides numerous examples of God's chosen leaders, including Moses, who initially felt inadequate but led the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:10-12), and Esther, an orphaned young woman who became queen and saved her people from destruction (Esther 4:14). These stories demonstrate that God looks beyond human qualifications and instead focuses on our heart, our faithfulness, and our willingness to follow His guidance.
Characteristics of Leaders God Calls
According to the same Barna Group study, Christian women leaders identified specific characteristics that they believe God looks for in those He calls to leadership roles. These include:
Humility: 85% of respondents emphasized the importance of humility in effective Christian leadership. A humble leader recognizes that their authority and abilities come from God, not their achievements. They lead with a servant's heart, valuing and uplifting others above themselves (Philippians 2:3-4).
Integrity: 93% of participants highlighted the significance of integrity in leadership. God calls leaders who uphold moral and ethical principles, demonstrating honesty, transparency, and consistency in their actions and decisions (Proverbs 11:3).
Faith and Trust in God: 89% of Christian women leaders believe that strong faith and trust in God are essential for effective leadership. Leaders who trust God's guidance and rely on His strength exhibit unwavering faith, even in challenging circumstances. They place their confidence in God's plan and seek His wisdom through prayer and His Word (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Compassion and Empathy: 94% of respondents emphasized the importance of compassion and empathy in Christian leadership. Leaders called by God display genuine care and compassion for others. They seek to understand the needs and experiences of those they lead, fostering a culture of empathy, kindness, and grace (Colossians 3:12).
Boldness and Courage: 81% of Christian women leaders believe that boldness and courage are crucial qualities in leadership. God calls leaders to step out in faith, even amid uncertainty or opposition. They are not driven by fear but by the assurance of God's presence and empowerment (Joshua 1:9).
Embracing God's Calling
We must embrace God's calling on our lives and lead confidently, knowing He equips us with the necessary gifts and abilities. It is essential to seek His guidance, study His Word, and surround ourselves with a supportive community of fellow believers who can provide encouragement and accountability.
God calls women to leadership roles in various spheres of life. The statistics from the Barna Group study affirm the importance of understanding and embracing God's calling. By examining biblical stories and reflecting on the qualities of leaders God calls, we can gain insight into His expectations for us. Humble, honest, faithful, compassionate, and courageous leadership helps us accomplish our mission and make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.
We have a unique opportunity to bring about transformation and uplift those around us. Let us embrace God's calling, knowing He has chosen us for such a time as this!
Call To Action: How You Can Cultivate Godly Leadership
1. Reflect and Discern God's Calling: Take time in the coming week to reflect on your leadership journey. Seek moments of quiet introspection and prayer to discern whether you are being called by God to lead. Meditate on Psalm 139:16 (NIV), "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Trust that God has a purpose for your leadership role and that He equips those He calls. As you reflect, journal your thoughts, feelings, and any divine insights you receive.
2. Embrace Humility and Seek Accountability: Challenge yourself to cultivate humility in your leadership. Over the next week, practice intentional acts of humility, such as actively listening to your team members' perspectives and valuing their contributions. Proactively seek accountability by sharing your leadership journey with a trusted mentor or fellow Christian leader. Allow their guidance and insights to help you stay aligned with God's calling and character. Reflect on Micah 6:8 (NIV), "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
3. Lead with Compassion and Boldness: As you engage in your role as a leader, challenge yourself to identify opportunities to lead with compassion and boldness. Take deliberate steps to show genuine care and empathy toward your team members, encouraging their growth and caring for their well-being. Whenever you face challenges or decisions that require courage, draw strength from Isaiah 41:10 (NIV), "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
By taking these steps over the next week, you will be actively engaging in biblical leadership, and will develop a stronger understanding of your faith and reliance on God. Remember, your journey as a Christian woman in leadership is one of continuous growth and transformation, guided by God's Word and His unwavering, loving presence.