Connections: Jodi Detrick
Feb. 23, 2014
Expecting a God-Adventure
Jodi Detrick is an author and speaker and a religion columnist for The Seattle Times. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in leadership from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo., and is an adjunct professor at Northwest University (AG) in Kirkland, Wash. Jodi and her husband, Don, serve the Northwest Ministry Network. In 2013, Influence Resources released her book, The Jesus-Hearted Woman: 10 Leadership Qualities for Enduring & Endearing Influence. Detrick spoke with Darla Knoth, resource development coordinator for the AG National Women’s Department, about her book, which is the NWD’s 2014 theme study ?for women.
evangel: What motivated you to write The Jesus-Hearted Woman?
JODI DETRICK: In recent years, my longing to invest in the lives of other women has increased. It’s both my privilege and sacred obligation to share what I’ve learned in ministry over the past four decades. Women everywhere desire to use the leadership gifts God has given them — to influence others for Jesus — with or without an official title. While I sat in a seminary class, God stirred my heart to help women maximize their strengths, while at the same time minimizing risks and hazards.
evangel: How would you describe the book’s theme?
DETRICK: If you have the heart for leadership, you can learn the skills. From my research, life experience, and (most importantly) God’s Word, I discern 10 essential qualities that significantly impact how well, and how long, people lead. These qualities (such as confidence, authenticity, humility and courage) can be developed; we don’t have to be born with them.
evangel: How has writing the book impacted your own ministry?
DETRICK: In the epilogue, I wrote: “The bigger revelation was just how Jodi-hearted I am, instead of how Jesus-hearted. I still have miles to go before I fully bear the image of the Holy One living in me.”
My biggest “still learning” chapter? That would be the one on soul care: “The Green Room.” The pace of life, along with everything on my plate, often leaves me lacking the margin for the renewal God intends. But He is at work in me (thankfully).
evangel: Even though the subtitle says this book is for “leaders,” how do you see it applying to anyone?
DETRICK: I wrestled with using that word because The Jesus-Hearted Woman is more about influence than leadership. Everyone has influence. By developing these Jesus-hearted qualities, we are prepared when God moves us to formal leadership positions. Everyone benefits when they become gracious Jesus-hearted leaders.
evangel: How have you seen this book changing women’s lives?
DETRICK: I have been overwhelmed at responses from women reading the book or using it in a group study. Recently, I received a collection of thank-you notes from a large church group in Arizona. I cried as I read their comments. Another young woman sent me this Facebook message: “Can I just tell you — it’s 3:30 a.m., and I can’t put your book down. God’s timing is amazing. Knowing I’m called to so much more, each page is just packed with detail. This book is touching my life greatly.”
Responses like these show me God is working through this book — a thought that both amazes and humbles me.
evangel: What continuing influence do you hope the book has?
DETRICK: My hope and prayer is that this book will help cultivate many more Jesus-hearted leaders whose influence will be both enduring and endearing. After all, a “Jesus heart” inside means a God-adventure ahead!