I have been in women’s ministry for only a few years. After only the first few pages of Jodi Detrick’s book, The Jesus-Hearted Woman, I believe this should be required reading for all women interested in or involved in ministry. If only I had this book 5 years ago… Guess God knew better
At first I thought her chapter titles seemed quirky but once you read through the chapter the title had great meaning….every time. My favorite title was from chapter six “Pocketbook Punches”. Now where do you think that one’s going to go? I’ll give you a hint. Each chapter has both a title and a leadership quality attached to it. For this chapter the leadership quality is courage. She used a true to life story of a woman’s attempt to help her colleagues during a hostage situation. She used the only weapon she had on hand…her pocket book. If this sounds familiar it is because it made national news.
So how would this story help you to grow in leadership? Here is my take-away from it: “You don’t have to feel brave to act bravely. But you do have to ‘think bravely’ and ‘trust bravely’ to develop godly courage.” You need to be brave when in leadership; brave to try new things, brave to hear the good and the bad people may say, brave to continue on even after the bad.
That was my favorite title but my favorite chapter would have to be three, “Humility”. She had me pegged when she stated, “Being humble is not based on your personality type.” I was sure that was the reason I wasn’t as humble as I could be, I’m a tad too flamboyant for humility. Or so I thought. Here’s what Jodi has to say on it. “It’s a spiritual posture – an internal bending of the knee, the heart bowing in honor and service, both to God and others. It’s the willingness to exercise our gifts at floor level, if that’s where we’re needed and where we can make a difference.” I love that and it is something I can work on too.
In this same chapter I made my most highlights. She has things in bold and other things numbered for emphasis and I highlighted them all. I realized that this is the one quality I need to work on and now that she has explained it so well I know that it is actually something that can be worked on.
Being part of women’s ministry is a great privilege and one that should never be taken lightly. You are in a place of power, or authority may be a better word, over women that are looking to you for guidance in God’s direction. The Jesus-Hearted Woman helps you to become a woman that can be trusted with that privilege. If God has blessed you with opportunity to serve women in this type of ministry you should be taking it seriously and ensuring you have the resources to do it well and in the Spirit. Jodi can help guide you or put you back on track.
The Jesus-Hearted Woman is chock full of amazing insight with very relevant stories to give you the help you need to apply them to your life and ministry. Including, how she ends each chapter with these great tools: Coaching Questions, A Little Lesson for New Leaders, and Heart-Deep in the Word.
Jodi Detrick’s book will be kept close at hand as I venture deeper and more boldly into women’s ministry.
Thank you Jodi, for keeping your book centered on Christ and His desire for us to help grow and nurture more disciples.