I have a soft spot in my heart for women’s Bible study programs. When I was a young first-time mom, I attended my first official women’s Bible study. That’s where my love affair with God’s Word began.
Bible study is one of the most important areas of any church’s women’s ministry. But it can also be one of them most difficult. From scheduling to childcare to leadership it often consumes your time and sanity. For instance, the thought of recruiting a few new Bible study leaders may cause you to sigh heavily.
But dear leader, hang in there. Providing an environment where women of all ages come together to study the Bible and grow in God’s truth is well worth every drop of blood, sweat, and tears! And today I’m offering you a bit of help.
Maybe one reason recruiting new leaders seems like a daunting task is because you aren’t sure what to look for in potential leaders. You can provide training in some areas like guiding discussion and dealing with different personalities. But other qualities cannot be so easily taught.
Look for these seven signs in potential new leaders. Although not a sure thing, they are strong indicators that you could have a great leader in the making!
- She cares about and actively serves other women (Romans 12:9-13).
- She is passionate about God’s Word and is committed to its study (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
- She takes discipleship seriously and is growing spiritually (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
- She is a woman of strong character with a good attitude and integrity of speech (Titus 2:7-8).
- She demonstrates faithfulness and reliability in her current commitments (Proverb 31:27).
- She is humble and teachable (James 3:13).
- She is a woman of prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
These signs will help you identify possible new leaders. Come back next Monday for a strategy to help train these new leaders you find!
What would you add to this list of characteristics?