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Dear LWML Leaders,

Confidence in Christian leadership is being grounded in the Word.

Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous (Psalm 37:16–17).

Godly leadership is grounded in righteousness, and righteousness is its own reward. With God's help, we must seek and choose His path when making decisions for His glory as we lead. Sometimes it might feel like our leadership skills would be more appreciated in another venue, but we must trust that the Lord will uphold us in our work and sacrifice.

God's Blessings,

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Thoughts Originate in the Heart

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Confidence in Christian leadership is being grounded in the Word.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip (Psalm 37:30–31).

Jesus tells us that the things which come out of someone’s mouth originate in their heart (Matthew 15:18). Leaders do well to pay attention to the things they say because their words are an indicator of their spiritual condition. A good LWML leader’s words will bring light because she speaks from the promises of God's Word. Practice sowing seeds of truth, power, and possibility into the lives of others.

God's Blessings,

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Leaders Protect Themselves from Corruption

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Confidence in Christian leadership is being grounded in the Word.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23).

We all know the heart is just a blood-pumping muscle. Biblically speaking, the heart represents our emotional, intellectual, and moral center. We need to protect it because, as the proverb says, everything flows from that center.

Our spiritual condition reveals itself in our actions. An LWML leader understands this and protects her spiritual core at all cost. Jesus tells us that when we know the truth, our old belief systems will be exposed, and we will be set free. Imagine being free to become all God wants us to be! It is God's gracious blessing that He reveals the truth to us. 

God's Blessings,

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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A Leader’s Hope is in God’s Faithfulness

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Our Tips for Leading with Confidence are focusing on Scripture. Confidence in Christian leadership is being grounded in the Word.

He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24). 

This verse is not specific to those in leadership positions. Is it important that leaders have this reminder in the back of their minds at all times? Absolutely!

When leading gets difficult (and it will), and you want to throw in the towel (which you will), you need to remember when and how you were called to lead, and know that God is going to see you through.

Keep in mind that it doesn't matter how much you know, or how many people follow you. The litmus test of leadership is operating in God's strength, not your own. Be realistic about your abilities and know that God will be there each step of the way.

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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A Leader Learns to be Content in Every Situation

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Our Tips for Leading with Confidence are focusing on Scripture. Confidence in Christian leadership is being grounded in the Word.

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:12–13).

Too often people quote Philippians 4:13 as if it stands alone. But Paul is setting himself up as an example of contentment in leadership. Paul learned that his strength and contentment came through the Lord working in him.

We can’t look at our current experience to gauge God’s pleasure or the effectiveness of our work. Sometimes we will experience comfort and sometimes we will suffer want. The key is to find our contentment in serving to God's glory.

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Leaders Have Confidence in God

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Our Tips for Leading with Confidence are focusing on Scripture. Confidence in Christian leadership is being grounded in the Word.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Even though Paul isn’t speaking to leaders, I can’t imagine a more leadership-appropriate message. Church leadership is full of tragedy and triage, one can easily become disheartened. Our perseverance is uniquely tied to our belief that God is already at work alongside us, reconciling the most difficult situations to Himself. 

Don't fall into the trap of avoiding things that are beyond your ability. The sooner you see that God is at work through you in your leadership position, the less you will rely upon yourself to accomplish the tasks at hand. As long as you are following the Lord’s guidance, you will begin to see the organization flourish as He uses you in the leadership position.

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Leaders Seek Delight in the Lord

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Our Tips for Leading with Confidence are focusing on Scripture. Confidence in Christian leadership is being grounded in the Word.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:3–4).

There are so many temptations for leaders. If they’re not careful, they’ll end up putting their trust in themselves or their strategy. And if they’re doing well, they’ll take delight in it. It seems that the more successful you are as a leader, the more danger you’re in.

Successful or not, a leader’s trust and delight should always be in God. As an LWML leader, keep your focus on trusting God's promises and assurances. Be reminded that God is faithful and any success you experience is a blessing from Him!

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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