20 Truths From Mary Lederleitner’s New Book ‘Women in God’s Mission’

Mary Lederleitner is founder and executive director of Missional Intelligence. She has a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, and teaches as an adjunct professor at both institutions.The book is a notable contribution to the ever-increasing ministry of women across the globe and at every level of leadership in various fields and contexts. The stories shared, often with pseudonyms, are meant to inspire and encourage daughters of Christ toward contributing according to their unique gifting and calling.

  1. “…around the globe women face a wide variety of unique challenges because of their gender… despite these challenges, when women accept and live into God’s invitations, he uses their lives in amazing and remarkable ways” (page 9).
  2. “Many women’s lives are a balancing act of navigating power in different spheres and roles, and this becomes most noticeable in their leadership trajectories” (page 24).
  3. “While both men and women have to balance a wide range of personal and professional roles in their lives, disruption in mission leadership trajectories happens disproportionately to women” (page 25).
  4. “(the) ability to navigate power when diverse leadership roles and opportunities arise or disappear is a fascinating feature that is often much more unique and common in women’s leadership journeys” (page 33).
  5. “…God alone is all-powerful and all-knowing, and he truly understands the scope of what you are capable of doing as you follow him in mission…” (page 34).
  6. “it might be a bit easier for women leading in God’s mission, in contrast to those leading in some other professions, because character qualities such as love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are taught in Scripture as being marks of spiritual maturity…” (page 37).
  7. “…a deeper identity than purpose will be needed to enable women to navigate the challenges they will face personally and professionally. Their identity must be rooted first in God, and not merely his purposes” (page 45).
  8. “…they have an ongoing sense that they must remain deeply connected at three levels: to their God, to the people they meet through their ministries, and to the realities present within their ministry contexts” (page 53).
  9. “Knowing it is God’s mission and his calling, and their responsibility is to obey his leading, is what gives these women confidence to step forward and to serve and lead” (page 57).
  10. “…leadership roles were not their aim or focus. Instead, it was more about being sensitive to God’s leading and being ready to step through doors when he opens them” (page 58).

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Source: Christianity Today