By Cyndi Pollard
“You want me to do what?” I said followed by nervous laughter. Nervous laughter is what I do when someone suggests that I do something that I am totally inadequate to do.
You see, my Pastor asked me to consider becoming a licensed minister! Are you kidding? I thought. This was a fair question to ask myself since I had just recently decided it was ok for me (a woman) to serve communion, which I would only do, if my husband was serving on the other side of the aisle. So my becoming a minister seemed like a hilarious question!
“Seriously Cyndi, I want you to consider this,” said my pastor. I agreed, at the very least, to pray about this when he reminded me that I had laughed when he had asked me to consider becoming their next principal (which I became after much prayer).
As I began to seek God’s will in this situation, I felt a tugging that maybe God was asking me to do this. However, in the midst of this revelation, it occurred to me that I wasn’t even sure we believed in women pastors so I thought I’d call my folks and ask.
When my Mom answered the telephone, I said, “Hey Mom, do we believe in women pastors?” She said, “I don’t know, do you want me to ask Dad?” I said, “No, let me chat with him.”
My Dad got on the telephone and I said, “Dad, do we believe in women pastors?” He asked, “Why?” I explained to him that my pastor had asked me to consider it. Then my Dad asked the most important question, “What do you hear God saying?” I replied with fear, trembling and nervous laughter, that I thought God might be calling me to do this. My wise Dad said, “Then it does not really matter what I think.”
Needless to say I went through the licensing process. It was a humbling night, the night my Dad and husband prayed over me at the commissioning service. As God placed this new mantle on me; I could almost feel it physically. My life was forever changed.
The last 15 years have been an amazing journey. The unexpected joy, struggles, self doubt and wondering what in the world did I sign up for when I became a woman in ministry. But then like someone whispering in my ear, I am reminded of the conversation my Dad and I had.
As you can imagine there is so much more to this story. I hope that you will be encouraged and inspired as I share my adventure with you and that you will have the courage to step out of the place of inadequacy and allow God to use you!
Cyndi’s success has crossed boundaries from education to ministry, customer service, and corporate America. She has spent over twenty years coaching and encouraging groups that range in size from 10 to 2000. Having been the keynote speaker for Women’s Retreats, Conferences, the Future Business Leaders of America, and acted as the Master of Ceremony, she is poised to share her message of Hope with your group. Cyndi wrote and presented a customer service segment, “Stepping Outside the Box,” that has been published and used in a well-known company to teach individuals how to move from, “How I have always done it,” to “doing it a different way.”
Cyndi Pollard graduated from LIFE Pacific College with a BA in Ministry Leadership, and is an ordained minister. She is the Principal of Evergreen Christian School in Olympia WA, serves on the Evergreen Christian Community Leadership team, and is the AG Capital Area Women’s Ministry Leader. She is currently writing her first book, “Defining Moments” that explores the moment after a significant event occurs in your life. Her friends, coworkers, and family would describe her as a servant leader who believes in living courageously! She resides in Southwest Washington with her husband Dennis, and two cats, Rocky & Dude and has a daughter that currently lives and goes to school in SO CA.
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