IT’S MY FIRST DAY OF CLASS AGAIN!
It’s the first day of class, well it’s the first day of assignments for my online program with Christian Women Leaders Center, and I’m very excited. I will admit it’s been a bit overwhelming as I learn a new program.
Navigating my way through the forums and online assignments takes some time to become familiar with the format just like learning our schedules (back in high school) and finding our way to the right classroom. I thought those days were over, but I guess not. I’m a lifelong learner; I still have a lot to learn!
I love to learn. In fact, if you’ve heard me speak, I’ve shared my top 5 strengths from Strengths Finder and my number one strength is, you guessed it – Learner! People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. It’s the process of learning rather than the outcome that excites a person whose strength is a learner.
My second strength is Input. People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. And, they often like to collect and archive all kinds of information (fun, fun, fun). Another of my top five strengths is Intellection. People strong in the intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. This means I’m not always the life of the party!
From these strengths, it only makes sense that I describe myself as a lifelong learner, which is why I am so excited about the Christian Women’s Leadership Program.
Christian Women’s Leadership Program
The mission of the Christian Women’s Leadership Center (CWLC) is to engage Christian women in discovering and developing their leadership gifts and skills through holistic learning experiences so they may serve effectively as God calls them in life, the marketplace, and the church.
In 2000, the Woman’s Ministry Union (WMU) and Samford University founded CWLC for the purpose of engaging Christian women in discovering and developing their leadership gifts and skills. In 2013, the CWLC moved from Samford to national WMU office in Birmingham, Alabama.
For those interested in biblical leadership, CWLC offers an online leadership certificate program. The program is designed for women leaders (like me) who desire for their leadership to be rooted in their relationship with Christ and based on biblical principles. Courses cover leadership foundations, leadership formation, and leadership skills.
As I continue to mentor, speak, and write, I find many women today are focused on leadership, careers, and lifework. With this in mind, I believe a significant part of our leadership should center on Biblical principles.
Mike Ayers in his book, The Power to Lead: Five Essentials for the Practice of Biblical Leadership, describes a biblical leader as a person of character and competence who influences a community of people to achieve a God-honored calling by means of the power of Christ.Biblical leadership means for leaders to first encounter the power of Christ and then express the power of Christ. Click To Tweet
Serve and Make a Difference
I desire to serve as a biblical leader. A Christ-centered leader whose leadership is founded on biblical principles. A leader who serves with character at all times.
You may serve as a leader in your home, church, community, or workplace. Wherever you serve, make a difference. Reflect His light and work with all your heart.
“Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free.” Ephesians 6:6-8 (MSG)
What areas do you serve as a leader, and how do you reflect Christ-centered leadership? Please comment below. We love to hear from our readers!