You have arrived at the new home of WillowCreek.com, FollowTheGLS.com, GLSnext.com and GLSpodcast.com

Enjoy the same free access to articles, videos, podcasts and more from world-class leadership experts — now all in one place.

close  
Powered by Willow Creek Association
Published September 17, 2018

Overcoming Doubt in My Leadership to Bring Healing to Women in Pain

Three years ago, I was invited to attend The Global Leadership Summit for the first time at my church, Columbia Community in Richland, Washington. I had just started leading a small group, but I doubted my ability as a leader. I thought I had to be the best, most knowledgeable person when it came to the Bible. I thought I had to do all the right things and speak well all the time too. I did not feel qualified.

But it just so happened God used the Summit that year to show me something new about myself.

The main takeaway I received was the belief that I can do this leadership thing! I had always wondered and asked God about my ability to lead. God answered my prayers and used the Summit to give me confidence in the gift he had given me.

He has given me deliverance from my pain, and wanted me to help others.

It’s an amazing miracle. God used my church and the Summit to change me from the inside out to step out in faith and obey. The idea God has reinforced is that He has “not given me a spirit of fear, but one of sound mind,” and “lean not unto your own understanding, but follow the will of the Father.”

Because God gave me deliverance from the pain of my past, I believe God had put on my heart a vision to lead small groups that can focus on bringing healing to others. He has given me deliverance from my pain, and wanted me to help others.

My vision to lead my small group was reinvigorated while I attended the Summit.

I prayed I would be His willing and teachable servant, flowing in His spirit and only following His direction and guidance. So far His choices for me to facilitate for Him led me to leading “healing” small groups. These groups help women with wounds, hurts and hard memories who need a touch from the Healer and Counselor so they can be set free to find out WHO and WHOSE they are!

These groups help women with wounds, hurts and hard memories who need a touch from the Healer and Counselor so they can be set free to find out WHO and WHOSE they are!

In leading these groups, I pray to always have His heart and compassion to see these women as He sees each of them—unique, with their own needs and hopes. I want to be someone who can listen to what is beyond their words and hear what the broken heart is crying out. And if I can help them get in tune with the Holy Spirit, true healing can take place. They can be set free from the bondage of pain and wounds they may have been carrying for years. The metaphor I see playing out is that of a beautiful butterfly being released from the hostage of their cocoon.

If I had never gone to the Summit, I don’t know where I’d be.

With God, all things are possible, so if He had this call on my life, He would have accomplished it in some way. However, I think the Summit was and is His way for me to become a butterfly, changing me from the inside out. I also know that there are a few butterflies out there who still might be in their cocoon.

If you want to know He has a direct call on your life to do great things, go—RUN to the Summit.

If you want to gain confidence, feel alive and effective in your personal and business life, see the sunshine on a cloudy day or feel like God is alive and thriving in your life; if you want to know He has a direct call on your life to do great things, go—RUN to the Summit. You will receive confidence and more assurance in your life and relationship with God, spouse, friends, boss, even your enemies. Because God will have changed YOU!

About the Author
Butterfly

Dixie Duncan

Women's Healing Small Group Leader

Dixie was born and raised in a small farming community in Washington State. She was blessed with Christian parents, who loved and taught her about God. She claims the song "Through it All" as her song because He was there through it all and turned her mourning into joy. She has been married to Dennis for 43 years and has three furry, four legged children who run the house and them. She felt honored to work with and retire from the office of the Honorable Congressman "Doc" Hastings of the Federal House. She's been a church volunteer for most of her life, and over the past three years has started leading a healing women’s group.

Please write a comment in the box
5000 characters remaining.

Discussion

“We welcome and encourage comments on this site. There may be some instances where comments will need to be edited or removed, such as:

  • Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature
  • Comments not relevant to the topic
  • Comments containing profane, offensive, or abusive language
  • Anonymous comments

If you have any questions on the commenting policy, please let us know at crc@willowcreek.org

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, AUGUST 8-9, 2019The Global Leadership Summit 2019

$139*
Let's Connect

“We welcome and encourage comments on this site. There may be some instances where comments will need to be edited or removed, such as:

If you have any questions on the commenting policy, please let us know at crc@willowcreek.org”

Select your region and country

Select your region and country