Karen Hodge, guest writer, gives us a glimpse into what it means to be a life-giving leader. Before you think this doesn’t apply to you, consider what Karen says is a leader:

Maybe you are like me and you don’t consider yourself a leader, but I encourage you to look over your shoulder. You might have a 3-year-old, a corporate boardroom, a classroom of teenagers, or a women’s ministry team following you. I have found there are many misconceptions about leadership. The word “leadership” is not synonymous with authority or decision making. It has little to do with a title or a role. Leadership, biblically speaking, looks radically different. It is upside down. It holds within it the potential to be life-giving or life-taking. Biblical leadership is not positional leadership but rather servant leadership.”

-Karen Hodge, Life-giving Leadership

 Karen and Susan Hunt co-authored Life-giving Leadership as a means to help equip leaders of all shapes and sizes to embrace the role of a life-giver rather than a life-taker. Isn’t that what each of us wishes to be–a life-giver? 

Karen’s message challenges us to determine into what “dirt” God has placed us, a place where we learn that dying to self is the only pathway to life-giving.


About the Author

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Karen Hodge serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America). Her joy is to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris Hodge, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian church in Naperville, IL. She is the mother to two adult children Anna Grace Botka and Haddon. It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to bring the hope of the gospel to the hearts of women.Karen, along with Susan Hunt, authored Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership.


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