My purpose with this blog is to help build, strengthen and support my fellow sisters in Christ, as we overcome the many challenges we face as leaders. As you are becoming the leader God has called you to be, you will find that many of your battles are internal, and is only a mindset shift away.
So why such a title? I mean…I am a female, who’s a pastor, right? This way of thinking has hindered me so much in my leadership. It has caused ME to second guess myself so many times. It has caused ME not to rise to certain occasions due to fear and a lack of understanding of who I was called to be. It has caused ME to be passive in my leadership, along with minimize who I was in my position. It caused ME not to operate in the authority, given to me by God. There was a lot of things I was not doing, all because of my gender, and I sensed God was not pleased. Something needed to change. What was it? It was ME and my mindset. Through the Word of God, I had to find my true identity. I found out that- I WAS NOT A FEMALE PASTOR, I WAS JUST A PASTOR, and the sooner you can learn to separate or remove the label “female or woman” from being attached to your position, the more free you will be to operate in your callings and positions. Believe it or not, those words are hindrances to many of us. Let’s define hindrance- the state of being interfered with, held back or slowed down: the state of being hindered. Although you are women, when you use your gender to define your position in Christ, it goes against what the Word of God teaches us- “There is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Gal 3:28
Gender labels are hindrances in the body of Christ, or shall I say, in the Kingdom of God! Just as in the natural, labels can do a lot of damage. These types of labels tries to define your strength, your character and your abilities. These labels can hold you back from emerging to your full potential.
“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.”- Gal 5:7-8 NLT
So be careful who you allow to define you, but most of all, be careful of how you define yourself. Don’t allow the gender labels define what you will and will not do, or what you can and cannot do in the Kingdom of God. Don’t allow gender labels diminish your power and authority of your position. Make a decision to trust what God say to you, about you! You must learn to walk in the position and not your gender. This is imperative to your work in the Kingdom!
If you have enjoyed this post, and would like to order a copy of my teaching CD- I AM NOT A FEMALE PASTOR “Learning to Walk in the Position and Not the Gender”, you may do so by clicking here or going to my website- www.clarissajohnson.com. This teaching is designed to empower you, as you WALK and lead in the Kingdom!
Remember, the steps of a good woman are ordered by the Lord…all she has to do is WALK!
Pastor Clarissa Johnson