CULTURE OF LEADERSHIP
Before I came to C3 NYC, I had a common idea of what leadership was. I thought you had to have the title to have a voice and be recognized. I am very soft spoken and often keep to myself, so I never thought I had what it took to be a "leader". Stepping into this community, I was encouraged to join a dinner party and later, a team. I love doing what I can to help people, so to me, serving has always been fun, but being vulnerable has always been hard for me, so dinner party was a little challenging. Honestly, I never would have imagined growing within these two areas. When I was approached with the opportunity to become a dinner party leader, I admit, I stalled…for a few weeks, and I prayed…a lot. I didn’t understand what my leaders saw in me. I didn’t speak much during dinner parties, but I knew loved being there. I loved the atmosphere that was set every Wednesday night. One day, I was reminded of the prayer I had when I was younger. All I wanted was a community to be a part of, where I can grow in my relationship with God and meet people. In that moment, I recognized I could be a part of an answer to someone else’s prayer for a community within their reach, so I said yes. In that, I learned that leadership isn’t always about what you have to say, often it’s about your willingness to step up.
Personally, one of the most impactful things I have learned here at C3 NYC is that leadership has less to do with a title or recognition, and more to do with our actions. I have learned that developing my leadership isn't about holding all the power, or simply giving orders, rather about empowering those around me and releasing them into their gifts. As an intern, I have loved hearing directly from our staff and leaders about how they were encouraged and released to operate in gifts they didn’t think they had at the time by Pastors Josh & Georgie. It’s cool to see how the leadership of our lead pastors has trickled down to make up the teams and dinner parties within C3 NYC what they are today. I mean, it was hard for me to believe I had God-given gifts and I'm grateful for the leaders who have prayed for me, encouraged me, and continually help me to step out of my comfort zone.
I may still be soft-spoken, but throughout my journey within this community, I have recognized my love for encouraging people. Now, one of my favorite things about leading a team and a dinner party is getting to know people, learning about their strengths, and encouraging them to operate in their God-given gifts. I believe this makes God smile – when we see the hidden gems He placed in others, and when we come together and use them to build His Kingdom.
— ISABELLA AGUILAR