Developing Female Leaders: Navigate the Minefields and Release the Potential of Women in Your Church

Developing Female Leaders: Navigate the Minefields and Release the Potential of Women in Your Church

by Kadi Cole


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How to More Effectively Leverage the Leadership Gifts and Abilities of Women in Your Church

What would your church look like in the future if it were to maximize the dormant gifts of the women God has brought there? In Developing Female Leaders, Kadi Cole, twenty-year veteran in leadership and people development, offers a practical strategy to help church and organizational leaders craft cultures that facilitate the development of women as volunteer and staff leaders.

Using interviews and surveys of more than one thousand women in key church and organizational roles, combined with current research, the author has created eight easy-to-implement “best practices” that help accelerate a woman’s organizational contribution.

Thorough appendices and references add even more guidance for setting vision, milestones, and goals. Developing Female Leaders is a one-of-a-kind resource for identifying what is missing today in your church to help it flourish in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400210923
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 205,343
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kadi Cole, one of the first female leaders to serve in an executive role at a large, multisite church, is an international consultant for organizations, leadership trainer, and LifePlan facilitator. Kadi is a founding member of the Women’s Executive Pastor Network and the founder of She lives with her husband and son in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

Connect with Kadi at or on social media @kadicole.

Table of Contents

Welcome xvii

Best Practice #1 Seekto Understand 1

Best Practice #2 Clearly Define What You Believe 17

Best Practice #3 Mine the Marketplace 35

Best Practice #4 Integrate Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development 55

Best Practice #5 Be an "Other" 75

Best Practice #6 Create an Environment of Safety 91

Best Practice #7 Upgrade your People Practices 115

Best Practice #8 Take on Your Culture 145

Next Steps and Final Thoughts for Churches 165

Team Discussion Questions 183

Bonus Chapter: Best Practices for Female Leaders 189

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 225

Bibliography 239

About the Author 247

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Developing Female Leaders: Navigate the Minefields and Release the Potential of Women in Your Church 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HeatherP More than 1 year ago
I liked Developing Female Leaders. I think there is a real need for this book in the church. Kadi lays out eight best practices for the development of leaders who are women. I really liked the next steps and discussion questions section of the book. Coming from a very conservative background, I was not sure what I would think of the book, but I now have a lot to ponder. I recommend this book to any ladies in the church but also to males in leadership positions in the church. I received an advanced reader copy of this book.