Sady Mitchell enjoyed being the pre-school director at her school and felt equipped for her role, but she saw issues that needed to be addressed that would improve the school system and make it thrive. She was asked to lead the school at a higher level, but didn’t feel equipped. “I was comfortable where I was,” she says. “But God loves to get us out of our comfort zones.”
Sady’s pastor invited her to attend the Global Leadership Summit.
“I had been praying for two years for God to give me a sign to let the school go and not worry about what was going to happen to it,” Sady shares. “But something inside me would just not let it go. One Sunday in September, I decided I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided I was going to fast and pray for God to show me a sign.”
That Sunday, in the midst of her despair, Tom Hansen, her pastor, approached her. “We missed you at the Summit this year!” he said. “You know we have the Summit sessions on video in the church library if you want to check one out.”
Sady checked out Bill Hybels’ session on 5 Steps to Changing a Ministry. “I thought I could share it with my boss and he could change the ministry,” Sady explains. “I was still thinking I was not the one to make the changes. I was constantly trying to find someone else to do what I didn’t realize at the time God was calling ME to do. I was letting my insecurities get in my way of seeing God’s path for me.”
As she took notes to give to her boss, she heard God’s call.
You do it. YOU step up and lead.
“I started crying. I knew this was the answer I needed to hear,” Sady shares. “I paused the video and prayed, ‘Okay God. I understand. I will step up and lead. I will do what you are asking me to do. I have no idea how, but you will guide me through.’ God will speak. We just have to take time to listen.
“I have been the principal now for more than two years. There are days when I don’t understand why God called me to do the things he called me to do, but it is not for me to understand; it is just for me to have faith and do!
“Attending the Summit helped me believe I could lead from where I am at anytime and anywhere,” Sady explains. “Sometimes we get in our own way of what God wants us to do. God already has a plan for us, but we let insecurities and self-doubt get in the way of following that path. God will lead us down in a direction that makes us better, even when it’s not an easy path.
“The Summit has given me excellent tools to help accomplish my goals at work and at home,” Sady says. “You do not have to lead a school. You can lead anywhere. The Summit is very important to me, because it fills my bucket before I start a new school year. It gives me ideas for team building and tools I can use throughout the year. The best part of my job is helping the children and teachers at the school get out of their comfort zones. I love to see them grow in their own confidence and their own leadership.
“Because the Summit is so important to me, we set aside money for professional development so teachers can attend the Summit this year. We also moved our school’s starting date so all the teachers are able to attend. I am so excited to get to share this experience with them.
“I would recommend the Summit to anyone who is on the fence about going. Get out of your comfort zone and go…what are you afraid of?”