It was a little over a year ago that I announced on my blog that I was stepping out to officially launch LEAD Women. ( If you’re curious about that, you can read that post here). And with the pilot season and now a full year behind me, I am as confident as ever that God has called me to dedicate my life to encouraging and investing in the lives of leaders.
This past LEAD Women season was one of hearing the deep longings of fellow leaders, meeting new people and cultivating more authentic community. It was also a season of co-leading a monthly leadership gathering with a fantastic local woman, Betty Mutwiri, and a season of being inspired by the way God is working in others and creating space for others to shine. It also held new opportunities for me to teach, preach, and lead. Plus, I got ordained! I’m sincerely humbled by the things God has allowed me to witness and participate in. And I am thankful for the ordination journey and the affirmation of my call to Christian ministry.
I especially love the leadership development and engagement of women leaders. LEAD stands for leadership engagement and development, and the mission of LEAD Women is Empowering Christian Women to Lead with Confidence. How the ministry of LEAD Women works in practice is this: it’s varied. From a monthly gathering this past season to two weekly development opportunities in 2018-2019; to increased speaking engagements; to awareness of professional development opportunities; to one-on-ones in the local coffee shop; to coming alongside other women leaders in transformative seasons. LEAD Women is not just one thing. It’s one mission lived out in a variety of expressions. It’s the call on my life that I’m stewarding.
And though I am privileged to minister in a variety of contexts, seeing women thrive in their gifts and calling is a passion that continues to grow in my own heart.
I’m growing into the LEAD Women call. I’m comfortable with not fully knowing at this time what LEAD Women will evolve into. God has called each one of us to be faithful in every season – living fully into that season’s calling and not running ahead of the Spirit’s leading. Do I have dreams and goals? Sure I do. Have I sketched out some long-term goals for life? Sure I have. But those do no trump the responsibility I have to live faithfully and presently in the here and now based on what God has revealed for this season.
I’m living my best life, and I hope you are too! If you’re curious about some of the LEAD Women opportunities, see here. I’ll update more opportunities as I can. I don’t have a promotional strategist or someone who updates my website or someone who creates all my posts and graphics, so I do my best to update and keep you informed. Also, feel free to follow me on twitter @carmenkampman or on Facebook. And, of course, sign up to follow my blog!
Some other exciting things that I am involved in in 2018-2019 (remember that varied expression) are the following:
- Officiating the wedding of my daughter Bobbie to her fiancé, Jordan.
- Her Influence Retreat. Details found here.
- Women’s Journey of Faith Fall 2018 Conference. Details found here.
- Women’s Journey of Faith Spring 2019 Conference. Follow their website for the news releases.
- Teaching a first-year undergraduate class: Foundations in Leadership. More information can be found here.
It’s going to be an exciting year!
I pray for you to be brave, to embrace the call of God on your life, and to live it fully!