Today I spent a very long, but good day listening to Nancy Beach and Nancy Ortberg discussing the topic of women in leadership in the church. (And I know that many of you were there as well, as we had deep, deep discussions re: Steam Punk.
I loved the day – not just because the two Nancys are so right on, but I got to spend some quality time with Jane Liddle (the Worship leader for one of Menlo Park Prez’s campus churches, and the leader of Tapestry – the rockin’ chick band) and Debbie McDonald, a cool chick pastor from Westgate church in San Jose.
Oh, women in leadership… I so wish that you all could have been there not only to listen to these two ladies who have been-there-done-that in the church, but to be in a room with maybe 300 women who love God and love to lead.
For those of you who were not able to be there – here is a list of the eight best things I heard at the conference.
- Help! I am a leader trapped in a woman’s body.
- Nobody ever calls little boys bossy.
- We need to learn to wait well.
- John Ortberg Re: Women serving in the church: “It is not an option for 50% of God’s kingdom to be sitting on the sidelines.”
- Leaders need to be the most self-aware people in the room.
- We want to keep making mistakes, just different ones.
- Almost every issue is a team issue.
- You don’t get the right answers unless you ask the right questions.
If you were there, I would love for you to share any bit of wisdom that I missed.
If you weren’t there, what is the best thing you have heard about women in leadership in the church.
Later on today I will have the give away for today.