Gain Confidence as a Leader

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Since God created all women with different gifts and unique personalities, its no wonder leading women can be extremely difficult. What are some key principles for women leaders to remember about what it means to lead women? Alexandra Kuykendall, leader and Content Editor at MOPS International and author of The Artist’s Daughter, shares her insight on how to approach leading other women in the church.


What concerns you the most about leading other women? What makes you nervous and scared about leading?
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Alexandra encouraged us to trust God's Word to speak to women instead of feeling like its always our job to interpret Scripture. Do you feel this way? If so, explain. How do you think fear impacts you and the women you lead?
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What are some ways in which you can demonstrate trustworthiness to those you lead? How can you give women time to process instead of rushing them into applying God's Word?
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Alexandra encouraged women leaders to find "real-life friendships." Who are your friends? What can you do to meet with them regularly for encouragement? What steps do you need to take to purposely engage others in your women's Bible study in ways that will give you opportunities to build relationships?
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If you're leading women, most likely you're working with mothers. What is the role of the church in the life of a mother and how can you help? In this training video, Alexandra talks about how leaders can help mothers as they train and launch their children into the world. 


Alexandra said that our culture no longer values marriage. Do you agree with her? How do you think it impacts the church?
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Alexandra's suggestions on what the church can do to help mothers:
  • Help moms in their marriages. 
  • Give moms real life tools to manage technology so that they can pass it on to their kids.


As a leader, how do you help moms as they deal with the stresses of marriage and parenting? How can your ministry be more encouraging and supportive?
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How do you educate the women you lead about managing technology? How can you equip them to be proactive about how they are handling social media?
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There is safety within the walls of the church for women leaders to impact others for God's kingdom, but is it healthy to try to keep the culture out? In this video, Alexandra talks about the role women leaders have in bringing relevance to  the church by dealing with the real-life issues of today's culture. 


Alexandra said that there is a disconnect between what's in our culture, what a woman hears and what's happening in the church. Do you agree with her? Why or why not? How different is the culture inside and outside of the church where you lead?
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How do you think this disconnect leads to misgivings and phony relationships within a woman's Bible study? How does it ignite fear within a group?
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Alexandra encouraged leaders to remember the real-life that most women bring into a group. How can you start communicating an inviting, safe environment to your group of women?
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Does your church offer women tools for encouragement and healing? How can you communicate those resources to the women in your ministry? How can you start using those resources to lead women more effectively?
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Leading is hard work but it's also very rewarding. If you can trust God's Word and the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of the women you lead, your group will join in. May God bless you as you lead women towards transforming their lives for His glory.