I came to House of Hope after a friend, who had heard me lament one-time-too-many about who-knows-what, looked kindly into my eyes and suggested, “There’s this class you might be interested in…” I WAS very eager for healing in my life so I signed up right away. After that class was over I found myself being asked to do other things at the house and eventually ended up on staff for seven years. I came in broken. I went out much healthier and freed up to serve others.
That is what I found so fascinating about the Women’s Ministry Leadership Summit at House of Hope this past week. House of Hope exists to encourage, equip and empower women and their families to live healthy and free lives. It is a place to come in as broken and unsure people. We break further as we dig in and untwist the pain and the details of our own personal story. It takes time. We grieve. The truth comes out and eventually it brings hope. We are given tools to understand our selves better so that we can move beyond ourselves to being used by God to help others.
As I sat back and reflected on this two day training, I realized that it fit well into the progression of healing offered and accepted by countless women who walk through the doors of this place. This gathering provided 30+ women the opportunity to be equipped as leaders! We were encouraged to understand our leadership style so that we could lead from our strengths. If we want to lead well, there are personal, private and consistent routines that will enable us to work smart and to earn the trust of those we are trying to lead. Our emotional health was a powerful topic that went beyond the ABC’s of how to lead. Our hearts need to be emotionally able to take the ups and downs of leadership and there are things we can do that will lead to a more healthy emotional state. We were given tools for stepping into conversations that might be difficult. We were offered ways to put our ego aside so we can humbly and truly lead well. When God changes the direction we are going, we were given ideas of how to respond to Him. In one session we were given a quick walk through of the many options we have for connecting with women on social media. All of these topics equipped us on the trek toward more efficient, healthy and Christ centered leadership.
Keep it up, House of Hope! You are doing a great job of encouraging and equipping women to live full and healthy lives by offering opportunities to heal so that the focus can shift toward leading women who also need to heal and to grow into all God has prepared for them.