The Importance of Handles

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How can we best equip people to be better leaders?

One of my young friends from seminary tells the story of his call to ministry as a teenaged boy and his subsequent visit with his pastor.  Lee entered the pastor’s study a bit nervous, but mostly anxious to share his heart and to receive wise counsel from this spiritual leader in his life. After relaying the story of God’s working in his life, bringing him to a point of saying “Here am I, send me,” Lee sat back and waited.  Finally, the pastor’s response came—“Good! That’s really great!” Of course, Lee was happy for the positive response... but now feeling a bit panicked, he said to his pastor, “Well tell me what to do!”

We laugh at this story... but don’t we as leaders sometimes do the same thing?  We might excel in inspiring and encouraging women to be involved in ministry, but we are deficient in equipping them. We can’t just challenge them... we must show them... we must give them “handles” for ministry. 

Think about handles. Handles help us out, allow us to open, push us through, clear the way. They provide momentum and they bring power.  As leaders, we should always consider providing four handles for our women.

  1. A handle that models. Mimicking is the quickest and easiest method of learning. 
  2. A handle that instructs. Instructing provides the “why” behind the “how.”
  3. A handle that resources. Learning leaders provide examples of comparable ministries and can point to supportive books and conferences.
  4. A handle that partners. Walk alongside, quite often the mentor becomes the mentee!

“A commandment is a lamp, teaching is a light, corrective instructions are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:23, HCSB).


Written by Meg Hancock

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