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Thursday, April 23, 2009
I went to a conference yesterday with a friend of mine. It was the "Gifted to Lead" conference and the two speakers, Nancy Beach and Nancy Ortberg, are women I highly respect and love listening to. When I saw that they were the speakers, I signed up right away!
One great surprise was seeing our retreat speaker, Kathi Lipp, there. We had a great little visit, and I thought I'd share with you her thoughts about the conference (since it makes this blog easier for me! :-)
Today I spent a very long, but good day listening to Nancy Beach and Nancy Ortberg discussing the topic of women in leadership in the church. (And I know that many of you were there as well, as we had deep, deep discussions re: Steam Punk.)
I loved the day – not just because the two Nancys are so right on, but I got to spend some quality time with Jane Liddle (the Worship leader for one of Menlo Park Prez’s campus churches, and the leader of Tapestry – the rockin’ chick band) and Debbie McDonald, a cool chick pastor from Westgate church in San Jose.
Oh, women in leadership… I so wish that you all could have been there not only to listen to these two ladies who have been-there-done-that in the church, but to be in a room with maybe 300 women who love God and love to lead.
For those of you who were not able to be there – here is a list of the eight best things I heard at the conference.
Help! I am a leader trapped in a woman’s body.
Nobody ever calls little boys bossy.
We need to learn to wait well. (Note from Gena: Nancy O. quoted from one of my all time favorite authors, Sue Monk Kidd, and her book, When the Heart Waits. See, I knew I loved Nancy Ortberg!)
John Ortberg Re: Women serving in the church: “It is not an option for 50% of God’s kingdom to be sitting on the sidelines.”
Leaders need to be the most self-aware people in the room.
We want to keep making mistakes, just different ones.
Almost every issue is a team issue.
You don’t get the right answers unless you ask the right questions.
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