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“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…he who leads, with diligence” (Romans 12:6,8, NASB).

Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. He explains, there is “. . . a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. . . .” Even in the changing seasons of nature we see how God uses change to display His faithfulness. In the same way, He calls people and organizations to seasons of change. For an organization to be healthy and continue to grow, it must undergo transformation.

Spiritual leadership is all about life-change. It seeks to transform both the follower and the organization according to the desire of God himself. The transformational leader allows the Holy Spirit to guide her in developing both her fellow workers and the organization she leads. Her goal is to develop the gifts and callings of her followers while empowering each one to contribute to the vision God has planted in her heart.

Read Ephesians 4:11-16.

In this unit, we will discuss:

  • The importance and challenge of self-leadership, including the development of emotional intelligence.
  • The right people make the right team
  • Develop and communicate vision
  • Develop a culture of empowerment
  • Women’s Ministries as a team

Recommended Resources

Kouzes, James M. and Posner, Barry Z. Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass Publishing, 1999.


About the Author

DR. KAY GROSS received a degree in missions from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and later a master’s degree in Bible and doctorate of ministry in leadership from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, pastored Radiant Life Church in Dublin, Ohio, for 38 years, where they continue to minister with their son, Chris, who is now lead pastor. She specializes in Leadership, Church Management and Women in Ministry. The Grosses were recently appointed Ohio Network Missions Directors. Kay enjoys being grandma to 13 grandchildren!

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV®. COPYRIGHT ©1973, 1978, 1984 BY INTERNATIONAL BIBLE SOCIETY®.


“Transformational Leadership” is published by the National Women’s Department at women.ag.org, 2020. Permission granted for personal use or within a teaching setting. Do not reproduce.