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By Amy Auker
“Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.”
Through the Women’s Ministry Training, we have been reading Susan Hunt and Peggy Hutcheson’s Leadership for Women in the Church. The most recent chapters looked at the qualities of leaders and the arena, or the context in which leaders use those qualities. The qualities were categorized as character qualities and leadership qualities.
The character qualities of a helper leader were defined as (1) a desire for glorifying God, (2) humility, (3) love, and (4) a servant’s spirit. These qualities serve to nurture and influence others to righteousness in our life-giving missions as women of God. It was incredibly convicting to be reminded that these character qualities are distinguished before discussing leadership qualities as these qualities consider our chief purpose – to glorify God with humility, love, and a servant’s spirit.
Leadership qualities included (1) vision, (2) passion, (3) commitment, and (4) risk-taking. With vision, we pray through possibilities. With passion, we can replenish the energy of others. With commitment, our “stick-to-itiveness” can influence others to righteousness through times of want or times of plenty. And, with risk-taking, we can support others to see the big picture (or ultimate vision) as we take steps of obedience. Again, we were reminded how leadership can become distorted if our objective is not to glorify the Lord. How encouraging it was when we were challenged to think of women in our own congregation who exemplified any of those leadership qualities. It was truly beautiful to hear other women speak highly of women who demonstrated vision, passion, commitment, and risk-taking.
This most recent Women’s Ministry Training meeting was particularly convicting and encouraging as this month has been designated as a time to focus on demonstrating appreciation for the men in leadership of our particular congregation – Pastor Doug, Pastor Sean, Jonathan, and Sammy. Using this “lens”, if you will, of these character and leadership qualities endowed me with an even deeper appreciation for these leaders….
How thankful I am for Pastor Doug’s vision as he fervently prays through possibilities in his pursuit to glorify the Lord with us. How thankful I am for Pastor Sean’s passion — he certainly replenished the energy of a group of our pre-teen girls as he evangelized on a hot Sunday afternoon in downtown Fredericksburg this past summer. How thankful I am for the commitment of Jonathan (and his wife) to minister faithfully through music to our congregation… every day of the week. And, how thankful I am for Sammy and his steps of obedience that led him to our particular congregation in the first place. All of these men seek to glorify the Lord and to influence our congregation, their arena, through vision, passion, commitment, and risk-taking, to glorify the Lord with them.
In this month of October, I pray that we would each take the time to prayerfully consider our own vision, passion, commitment, and risk-taking as well as the arena(s) we each find ourselves a part of in order to glorify God. In this month of October, I pray that we would each take time to pray for and praise God for the leadership of our congregation and their vision, passion, commitment, and risk-taking. And, in this month of October, I pray that we would each take time to show our appreciation to these men in leadership.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:8 -11
About Amy: Amy and her husband, Cameron, have been attending New Life for three years. They are thankful for the arrival of their son, Levi, this past September. Amy enjoys walking and baking.
Scroll down toward the end to read a message from Kathryne Marple, NLICC Women’s Ministry Committee Chair
Pastor Appreciation Month is October – Sign up to bless a pastor
We thought it would be nice to have each family bless a pastor (or more than one) during the month. In order to distribute the blessing, we’d like to have you commit to a day to do something special for the pastor and/or his family. You don’t need to share with everyone what you plan to do, just commit to a day and together we’ll bless them each all month long!
Some ideas are: letters, meals, coupons for babysitting, gift cards, an invitation to your home for dinner, gift basket, off-season getaway at your rental property… Brainstorm and have fun! Make it a family affair or get together with a friend and be creative! Sign up here.
Women’s Prayer Breakfast – This Saturday, October 11th at 9am in the Fireside Room
Come for breakfast and then join us in prayer for our pastors and church leaders. Mary Jane Kittredge will share with us how we can pray for pastors and their families. Click here if you are willing to bring something to share.
Women’s Ministry Training – This Saturday, October 11th at 10:30am in Room 217
Carrie Verbosky will be leading. Let her know if you are unable to attend. In preparation please read Chapters 5 (Focus) and 6 (Wisdom) in Leadership for Women in the Church
by Susan Hunt and Peggy Hutcheson.
Women’s Ministry Committee Meeting – This Sunday, October 12th at 4:15pm in Room 217
All women attending the Women’s Ministry Training are invited and encouraged to attend this month’s meeting.
Baby Shower Celebrating the arrival of of Mairéad Eleanor Ewing on Saturday, October 18th from 2-4pm in the Fireside Room
This will be an opportunity to meet this precious little one, pray for the family, and share a verse or word of encouragement. Gifts are not expected, but welcome. The family has been blessed and is well set with clothes and other baby items from big sister.
Women’s Retreat October 24-26 – There’s still room – October 19th meeting for all attendees after morning service in the Fireside Room
Sign up for activities and carpooling on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board in the hallway to the Fireside Room. Scholarships are available if you have financial need. Contact Connie Both by this Sunday, October 12th.
Babies, babies, babies! Do you have any used “baby” furniture to give or loan to the church until some can be purchased?
With the blessing of many new babies, there is a need for gliders, rockers, or a sofa, and a changing table for a new nursing area up in the cry room. Please contact Kathryne Marple if you have any items that could be donated immediately.
Pioneer Girls Update
We are still in need of Leaders! We need a leader for our 3-4th grade girls to partner with Rachel Fleming. Please let Sharon Leaman or Dorinda McConnell know if you can help in any way. Thank you!
Time with the Clark Family Running Out. They leave October 16th – Schedule time with them soon!
Fall is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are in school, schedules are more regular, and you can plan a lunch date and follow it up with service to the church! Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1 pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.
“Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other…Brothers, pray for us.”
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 25
It’s Pastor Appreciation Month, and I for one have rarely used this opportunity to express my gratitude to pastors, other leaders, and their families. Would you join me in taking advantage of the opportunities mentioned in this update to pray for and bless our pastors and their families? Please see Gretchen Trump’s wonderful article in the September 25th NLICC Women’s Update on praying for them.
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in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee
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