To be an effective leader you must be both ready and willing to accept change, even the change of your own position. It is vitally important to keep such a close walk with the Lord that you know when it is time to step down from the role you are filling. No one, other than Jesus, is irreplaceable. Here are three hints to help you when you think it is time to “take a step back.”
- PRAY. Matthew 6:33 Seek His will for you. Ask the Lord to speak to you in such a way that you have no doubt about your decision. Pray for those who will be affected by your move. Ask the Lord to raise up new leadership and to develop skills in the person He wants to assume the position. Remember, the person God chooses will not be filling your shoes; she has her own shoes to fill in the way the God equips her. As you are unique in Christ, so is she. Celebrate that!
- TRUST. Proverbs 3:5-6 If you have truly prayed and released this decision to the Lord, it is no longer up to you. Trust the woman God leads you to. Trust Him to work through her and trust her to rely on Him. God will speak to her in His time and in His way; He doesn’t need you to accomplish that! Communicate well and generously, keeping in mind you are “passing the baton” and this is no longer your “leg of the race” to win.
- OBEY. I’m not even going to give you a Scripture reference here because it’s basically the whole Bible. If you have prayed this through and you have trusted the Lord, then you will naturally and gracefully obey Him and follow His leading. But here’s a treat: obedience to God is always, always, always rewarded. Get ready for a blessing!
Finally, sisters, notice I said gracefully. Whatever the reason for your departure, do it with grace and love. There is no place in Kingdom work for bitterness or criticism. Your joy will allow God to continue His good work in you and lead you to a new and exciting task! May God bless you and guide you now and always.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dolly Mink has a heart for women who are hurting. Years of experience in Christian leadership have given her a unique perspective and she is eager to share her observations insights, and words of encouragement all in a way that honors her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dolly serves on the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team at River Oak Church in Chesapeake, and on the SBCV Women’s Ministry Leadership Team.
To read more, visit her blog, Grateful for the Grace.