Several years ago, WMC made our stance on inclusivity and diversity among our organization. We do not discriminate our service to a particular group of people. We serve leaders regardless of denomination, ethnicity, and gender. Yes, we have had men present at our meetings. We have not only never turned away someone from a different denomination than our leadership, we have actively invited other denominations. We have tackled the subject of racism head on, and will continue to do so.
As WMC merges with LeadHer, that does not change.
Our official statement:
From Gena McCown, Founder of LeadHer…
“I have spent the last several days watching, listening, and speaking with others. I’ve played out in my mind the best way to convey my heart & the heart of what LeadHer stands for. I’ve ultimately decided that the following is our best response to recent events. We shall not be moved on these matters.
1. LeadHer is has been rooted in the understanding that not everyone has the same resources and tools available. The very nature of what we do, began in the desire to fill the gap of available resources for women in ministry leadership.
2. LeadHer has always recognized that those who are often not invited to the big table of leadership have value and worth. We always strive to be inclusive and support diversity. Our leadership, speakers, and advisors have come from not only different denominational backgrounds but also women of different ages and ethnicities.
3. The WMC (that oversees LeadHer) has also shared these values, and has never been afraid to tackle the tough subjects. We have spoken about racism in the past, and we will continue to do so as we merge WMC and LeadHer into 1 entity.
4. LeadHer is unapologetically pro-life, from womb to tomb. Therefore anything that threatens the life & liberty of those who are created in the image of God is not something we can be quiet about. Addressing social justice issues, shining a light on systemic racism, sexism, ageism, etc. will be addressed as needed by our organization. The basis of this stance, we take from Christ’s own words in Luke 4:18-19.
As the leader of this ministry, I have chosen … and I hope you choose with me … to take a full stop on my personal growth plans for this summer. This usually is a time where I attend conferences on leadership, read leadership books, listen to leadership teachings. Instead, I have chosen to refocus my personal growth this summer using the following resources. I hope you will join me, and we will all grow together.
In the coming days and weeks, there will be additional resources shared as well.”