While I expected to learn numerous things about church leadership, I did not expect to grow as much as I have. I have become more comfortable with doing things outside of my comfort zone, been able to discover and further develop the gifts that God has given me, and been provided all the necessary support I needed to thrive as a leader whether inside or outside the church.
IMLD has really stretched my thought process to the point that I now go looking for Scripture to bring clarity to my life experiences. I can now lead others into the knowledge and understanding of how we should walk with Christ as the Head of our lives. To be a good leader is to always be mindful of what Jesus would do in every area of our lives.
Before IMLD I knew that God had a calling on my life, but it wasn't until I was well into my IMLD journey that I realized that leadership and pastoring were my top spiritual gifts. Not only did IMLD help me to discover these gifts, but my experience has also helped me to further develop those gifts in every area of my life. My understanding of leadership has grown and has been noticed by everyone that I connect with, especially in my home, at work, and in ministry.