5 Reasons Your Ministry Needs Women Leaders

Girls need women leaders. Seems like a no-brainer, yes?  Young girls need to have examples of women who are leading. If we are teaching our young ladies that they need to advance the gospel, then we need to have examples of women who are actively advancing the gospel in their lives personally.  Additionally, girls desperately need to hear from a variety of women.  Girls need to see a picture of themselves in these roles so that they can do it, too.

Boys need women leaders.

For so long, we’ve been doing ministry so that boys can only lead boys, and girls can only lead girls.  However, there are wonderful things that boys need from both men and women, just as girls need both in their development.  When I began my first youth ministry position, a mother came to me and told me that her son was going to be my toughest case, because he doesn’t respect women, and that included his mother.  I remember that first night of youth group–this eighth grader challenged me with every “tough question” he could muster on women, homosexuality, and president Obama.  When I left two years later, that same mother said to me that her son not only respected women, but valued their leadership in his life.  He became more sensitive, more respectful, and even more affectionate towards his own mother.  Boys need men to mentor them, yes; yet having women as leaders will lead them to holding greater value of women.

Male leaders need women leaders.

Men and women compliment each other.  You have a variety of leaders who are more playful, some more disciplinary, some more empathetic, some more protective, some more approachable, and others more on a pedestal; not to mention the variety of skills: building sets, making snacks, teaching, discipling, etc.  Put people in their sweet spots, and play off their strengths. I serve in a ministry where the co-directors are an unrelated male and female, and it’s beautiful watching how the strengths play off of each other, and where one is weak another fills in strong.  Think about it: why does God give children both a mother and a father?  Both are beautiful and have roles that are necessary in leadership.

Women leaders need women leaders.

I will be the first to admit that I need support.  I need examples of strong women in ministry so that I can do ministry, and I definitely see the effects as I begin mentoring women in ministry.  We need discipleship and community, especially as a part of our female identity.  Personally, it can be difficult as a female in a male-dominated profession, and I crave interaction with other ladies.  So ladies, step it up! And… let’s be friends.

God needs women leaders.

God uses women for multiple tasks in the Bible, and in Acts it is said that God will use both sons and daughters to prophesy in his name.  God uses some of the most random people to accomplish His tasks, so never discredit a potential leader based on their gender, age, race, or background.  From Abel to Moses to Deborah to David to Esther to John the Baptizer to Jesus to the Woman at the Well to Paul… (anyone else out of breath?)… God has a knack of loving and using people who just don’t fit the standard mold.  
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23 Comments

  1. Well said! Paul had a high view of women, and so did Jesus. We need input and teaching from all types of people, and a strong female leader is one of the most important for all of our students! As a guy in ministry who is married to a lady with her Master's in Youth Min, I can attest to the powerful and necessary roles women play in our ministries. Thanks for this, Heather!
    • Thanks for your input, Brian! And tell your wife she is a rockstar. Well, I mean, I guess you are too. :)
  2. Well said! Paul had a high view of women, and so did Jesus. We need input and teaching from all types of people, and a strong female leader is one of the most important for all of our students! As a guy in ministry who is married to a lady with her Master's in Youth Min, I can attest to the powerful and necessary roles women play in our ministries. Thanks for this, Heather!
    • Thanks for your input, Brian! And tell your wife she is a rockstar. Well, I mean, I guess you are too. :)
    • Let us not forget: 1 Timothy 2:11-12 (KJV) 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. -and- 1 Corinthians 14:34 (KJV) Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
      • According to the Bible, women can be instrumental but must not forsake their duties of their home. Looking at all the noted women in the Bible, the memorable actions they performed were within the parameters of their home and/or marriage. Referring to women "leaders" can be deceiving because women can be a tool of the gospel but were designed for support and teaching, not to lead.
        • also, not all of the "memorable actions" of the "noted women of the Bible" were within the parameters of home/marriage. Examples: Woman at the well, Miriam, Rahab, Deborah, must I go on? Brother, I encourage you to read up on the Bible and realize that women play valuable roles for expanding the Kingdom.
          • Don't forget about Junia, the girl-apostle! WOO! (It sounds like that whole spreading the Gospel thing had her traveling around the known world quite a bit.)
      • Let us not remember verse 13: Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. Do you do this?
    • Thanks Justin! There are great women and great men who have significantly influenced my faith and my ministry.
  3. I really like this post. I agree with it 100%. Some of the best leaders are know are women. Spot on.
    • Thanks Justin! There are great women and great men who have significantly influenced my faith and my ministry.
  4. I think this is a great post, but I don't think I've met anyone who would necessarily say they didnt want female leaders.
      • Great response, Brad! That is like a SOAP BOX for me...haha. Jake, I agree that NOBODY in youth ministry says there is no need for females in terms of volunteering to work with the females in the group; however, I know plenty who will not let women go beyond that. I think women are needed beyond that, though. That's really what I meant in this post. Women are needed to teach, to lead in prayer, to interact with the boys, to be a part of planning and directing the ministry. This will look different for every ministry, but it is needed regardless.
  5. I think this is a great post, but I don't think I've met anyone who would necessarily say they didnt want female leaders.
      • Great response, Brad! That is like a SOAP BOX for me...haha. Jake, I agree that NOBODY in youth ministry says there is no need for females in terms of volunteering to work with the females in the group; however, I know plenty who will not let women go beyond that. I think women are needed beyond that, though. That's really what I meant in this post. Women are needed to teach, to lead in prayer, to interact with the boys, to be a part of planning and directing the ministry. This will look different for every ministry, but it is needed regardless.
  6. Great article Heather. We have a variety of adult leaders, both male and female, from different backgrounds, ages, and interests. All of these people play an important role in our ministry, and we couldn't do it without them. One of my favorite things about having strong female leaders is that I can go to them when there may need to be an "awkward" conversation with a female student (modesty, behavior, etc.). I'm thankful for them and their leadership. Thanks for bringing this to light.
  7. Great article Heather. We have a variety of adult leaders, both male and female, from different backgrounds, ages, and interests. All of these people play an important role in our ministry, and we couldn't do it without them. One of my favorite things about having strong female leaders is that I can go to them when there may need to be an "awkward" conversation with a female student (modesty, behavior, etc.). I'm thankful for them and their leadership. Thanks for bringing this to light.

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