Who Are You Unintentionally Mentoring?

We don’t always realize the impact our lives have on others

In my role as editor of GiftedforLeadership.com, I don't always think about the women I'm serving; I sometimes get lost in the details—deadlines and matters of grammar and punctuation. But when I lift my thoughts and consider our audience, I enjoy thinking about a diverse group of Christian women, serving in a variety of churches. Gifted for Leadership is a ministry to women in all kinds of church leadership, and I love the idea that this ministry brings together women at every stage of adulthood, from many denominations and traditions, from different places on our planet.

One of our core beliefs is that people who have the spiritual gift of leadership are called to lead, not for their own benefit, but for the sake of nurturing the body of Christ. Women with leadership gifts, as with all gifts from the Holy Spirit, are obligated to use those gifts in the ways and the places God has called them to. For some women, this means coordinating women's ministry. For others, it means serving as executive pastor, running the children's ministry, being senior pastor, or leading small groups. For all, it means an awesome responsibility to steward what God has given them in ministry to others.

One of our goals at Gifted for Leadership is to serve as a mentoring voice for women doing church ministry. We didn't initially set out to mentor women, but we stumbled across this idea as women told us we were playing a mentoring role in their lives—and they wanted this from us. So now we take it seriously, giving specific thought to how Gifted for Leadership can be a worthy mentor. This is not because we ourselves are the best mentors—but because we're in a position to amplify voices of women many can learn from.

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Amy Simpson

Amy Simpson is the managing editor of marriage and parenting resources for Today's Christian Woman and the editor of GiftedForLeadership.com. Connect with Amy at amysimpsononline.com.

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