Example of Eileen: Ministry can be difficult and people can be difficult. Eileen taught me to pray before you speak. Allow God to “dissipate the anger” and respond how he would want you to respond. I have used this advice countless times.
I have been blessed with many great leaders in my life. My mother was a great collaborative leader. She lead by permission not just by position. Her example has served me well both in the church and secular world. I have had two Pastor’s who did a wonderful job of seeking counsel from wise Deacons. who were serving in the trenches with the lay-folk and related to their struggle This is difficult for many Pastors, they seem to fear strong wise lay leaders but these Pastors really made it work. I had a boss at work who demonstrated the importance of holding with the right decision even when resistance occurs. This principle is critical in the church where even small changes can meet with unexpectedly strong opposition.
Leaders I try to follow are my friends Bruce and Doug. Both are very humble servants of Christ and are very knowledgeable.
I don’t consider myself a leader at this time however I hope to emulate my friends.
Apostle T she has shown me how to walk in total love, an forgiviness each day I have to remind myself that we have all fallen short of the Glory, so when I’m put in stranger positions I remember that Jesus an Apostle walk in love an forgiviness.
My Uncle Rose. He was the Pastor that baptized me and was the one who spoke over my life and told that the Lord told him that I would be a preacher one day. He nurtured my walk and set the example that I still follow today. Connecting with all of God’s people and not shunning anyone away and loving people as Christ loves us. That’s the example he set for me.
God has placed many gardeners in my life. From my pastor to my earthly father. Both men has compassion toward others. Both men lead with Godly wisdom and as servant leaders. By observing their lives and their relationship with Christ , this has helped shape my faith and my dependency on God.
When I was in service I had a supervisor that was always clean, clean shaven, his uniform was always pressed, his boots were always shined, he did his best to do the very best job he could and was always willing to admit when he was wrong. His example led me to follow him in how I presented myself militarily, how I did my job and how I related to other people. This led me to getting a number of awards, commendation letters and medals during my short career in the military.
I also had two great examples to follow in my church. They stood for God and the Bible and what was right no matter what others thought. They lovingly told me when I was in the wrong or if I misinterpreted a Bible passage. I am trying to follow their examples and being the leader that they were.
I have followed the example of empathy. My current boss is one of the most empathetic people I have ever met. When situations come up in my life, she is always willing to listen and provide me with the felxibily needed to navigate the situation. For example, when I was pregnant with my second child, I was very nervous to tell my workplace. I had another child 18 months prior, and I thought that my boss would be angry that I would more time off for a second maturnity leave. After telling about my second pregnancy, she offered nothing but support. She told me that my priorities need to be with my family and not my workplace. This was very encouraging and made me want to be a better employee for her. I hope to be a leader like my boss because by her encouraging me to make a better homelift for my familly, she coincidingly made me a better “team member” at work.
Sadly, I cannot think of any leaders, mentors, guides, influencers, etc. in my life that I have followed. I can begin today. My adopted grandmother was a prayer warrior and giver. I can also be a prayer warrior and giver myself. I can also follow certain leaders such as Pastor Armen and John Ramirez as well as leaders in the church I attend such as Pastor Rutherford and Life Group leaders.
My leaders were my parents. They were pastors and evangelists my whole life. The mentors and teachers I have been blessed with over the years and in various churches, cities, and countries, have remained vital instruments in my walk with Christ. Transparency is the number one thing I have seen modeled. It is hearing their ongoing testimonies of what the Lord is doing for them, in them, and through them. This inspires my own growth in the Word and encourages my faith. Ephesians 3:20-21
There are several leaders and not who have helped in our leadership role. My mother, a hardworking and illiterate mother, has set an excellent example for me. Her eagerness to learn new skills, hardworking traits, and good foresight are examples that I could emulate.
Several church leaders who have humbly and persistently served the church for an extended period are good examples for me to follow too.