I always used to ask the question “How do I get involved?” I struggled with this question and at times I still struggle with this question. It is really hard to get involved sometimes as a female in leadership. Some churches have no idea how to use you and have never had a female minister before. Give them some grace and just do what you can. Be a teacher in your calling. Do not get bitter and angry and storm out because people are still learning how to use women in ministry and leadership. Yes, I know it can feel very difficult. Yes, I know it is challenging. Yes, I know it feels terrible at times, but if you keep being and doing ministry things will change. Always remember ministry is not about a title or about a fight. Ministry is about serving and working in the Kingdom, and you can do this regardless of whether or not those around you believe in women in ministry and leadership!
After I realized some of these and became aware of these findings, I Finally stopped asking the question and simply got involved. There are so many things which you can do around your local church. At my home church back in MI I tried every department. I tried everything, because I did not know exactly what my giftings were. This is the case for many people who feel called into ministry. God does not give us the entire big picture unfolded. There are times it is a mystery. There are steps we must walk by faith. It is a discernment process. I have compiled a list to help you think about ways you get can involved. Pick one or two of these areas and try serving in this ministry area.
What are your gifts for God’s kingdom? What do you like? What are your talents?
- Music Ministry
- Evangelizing and Missions Work
- Drama Ministry
- Bible College
- College or Seminary
- Cooking Dinners
- Visiting People
- Loving People
- Having Faith
Take a look at Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4:11-12 for more gifts given to both women and men in the Church.
If you are struggling with how to get involved, I would say to start with prayer. God always confirms the Word and promises in prayer and through the people in the church. Research and try to find out as much information as possible about what God is calling you to be and do. Be concerned about your spiritual development and about working. You need a relationship with God and you need to learn and develop skills. Sometimes people who want to be in leadership focus solely on development of skills, and they forget about their relationship with God. Balanced leaders have both.
Other things you can do to get involved in ministry is study and start learning everything you can. Be a sponge. Soak up the Word of God and immerse yourself in it! Next, talk to people you trust in life. Never be afraid to ask for counsel and direction. God can speak through the mentors in your life. If you are interested in finding a mentor consider getting in contact with our MentorConnect Program on Women of Vision Leadership. We have ministers and mentors who will help you in your calling! And finally, keep dreaming! Never stop dreaming and believing and callings of God. God will make a way. In fact, God dreams bigger than you! Think of your dream, place it in God’s hands, and watch it grow and be bigger than you ever imagined!
How do you get involved?
- Pray, Study, Research, Fast, and get in a close relationship with God!
- Talk with your parents
- Talk with your youth pastor and pastor
- Find a mentor. Find someone who you can talk with and be accountable to, who will hold you responsible for what you feel God has called you to do. Get connected through MentorConnect on Women of Vision Leadership!
- Do! You can talk about the dream all day long, but until you put some action into the dream it will be an idea without legs. Get moving!
- Stay encouraged. The road may be tricky. The road may be tough. Keep believing. Keep praying. Keep serving. Stay motivated!
Copyright Crystal Schmalz Ministries 2012, 2016