Project Deborah

Who are the Deborahs in your midst? Gifted and godly people are all around us, but sometimes they remain invisible and untapped. Who are the women in your congregation who are called to lead?

In the book of Judges, God raised up Deborah to lead the people as a trusted judge, prophet, and military leader. Through Project Deborah we seek to move the Covenant to a place where we recognize, mentor, and celebrate called and gifted women in our midst. Will you stand with these women to disciple them and lift them up in ministry?


We Invite You To

Disciple…the women in your congregation.
  • Establish and maintain a mentoring program.
  • Encourage and affirm giftedness wherever you see it.
  • Teach about women who have served God courageously.


Demonstrate…that God has called and gifted women to serve in all facets of ministry.
  • Teach a class or preach a sermon on the calling and gifting of women.
  • Advocate for women by using a version of the Bible that has inclusive language.
  • Speak out against gender discrimination.


Direct…women into opportunities to lead.
  • Regularly provide opportunities for women to serve in pastoral roles such as preaching, teaching, leading, and serving communion.
  • Consider both women and men in the search process for filling vocational ministry positions.
  • Encourage your church’s leadership nominating committee to operate with gender neutrality.

I’m a Deborah

Meet Some Deborahs and Hear Their Stories

Project Deborah Workshop

Download the discussion questions to start the conversation in your church.

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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