Readers often ask us who else is writing on women in the church, or where they can find more information on the egalitarian position. So today I’m sharing some of my favorite online resources.
Disclaimer: I don’t agree with EVERYTHING on these sites, and you probably won’t either, so this is not a blanket endorsement. Use what is helpful!
My 5 “Go To” Sites
This is the flagship organization for Christian egalitarians! CBE affirms and promotes the biblical truth that all believers must exercise their God-given gifts with equal authority and equal responsibility. Two magazines, a blog, a weekly newsletter, an online bookstore, events, local chapters…need I say more? My favorite resource from CBE is Mutuality Magazine. It’s well worth the membership fee. Make plans to attend 2015 conference in LA and meet up with The Junia Project team!
When it comes to resourcing the egalitarian movement with theological support and research, few people do it better than Marg Mowczko. Seriously. I visit this site at least twice a week IN ADDITION to reading every new post. The content is scholarly and well-researched (footnotes alone are phenomenal), yet still engaging for those of us who don’t have theology degrees – like me. Her posts on The “Difficult” Passages are outstanding!
Content here is deep and wide, and I appreciate Rachel’s scholarship, tone, and passion. If you want to stay current on issues in the evangelical church this is a blog you want to follow. Whether you agree with her on every issue or not, your time will not be wasted. The admin team here at TJP credits Rachel with helping each of us take our theology of women to the next level. She has the best collection of resources on mutual submission you’ll find.
The author of “Jesus Feminist”…what more needs to be said? Sarah has a poetic writing style that has the power to move and inspire even white male boomer men to advocacy (just ask my husband!). Her post In which I am done fighting for a seat at the table strongly influenced my commitment to become more involved in speaking up for women.
If you haven’t discovered Rob Dixon’s blog yet, you’re in for a real treat. He writes about examining and deconstructing male privilege in an engaging and practical way, and with authenticity. He has good insight into current events, and a great sense of humor, as demonstrated in A Letter to Smurfette.
5 Organizational Sites with Good Resources
This UK-based organization champions the full equality of women and men in the church. Sophia maintains a blog on gender and leadership, provides training and consulting, facilitates regional meetings, produces curriculum, and gives space for networking. A recommended resource here is “In the Image of God” a downloadable introductory bible study (8 sessions for less than $5.00) that explores the egalitarian perspective.
This site was started as a resource for those studying the issue of gender in the Churches of Christ denomination and was recently relaunched as more of an advocacy group for gender justice. You’ll find a nice collection of essays and articles, including stories of men and women on their experiences of gender in the church, congregational studies and statements on gender. I’ve especially enjoyed their podcast archives. See also the related site One Voice for Change.
Love the strong mission statement of this Covenant Church site: “The commission exists to educate people in biblical equality regarding gender; to advocate for justice in the structure of the church regarding gender; to equip the church to articulate the truth about Biblical equality regarding gender; and to advocate for the modeling of women in ministry and leadership in all possible venues within the church.” This is a multi-author blog with some helpful resources for churches, including Called and Gifted, a quick read that gives a great introduction to the issue of women in church leadership.
This newer UK-based group was formed to support and develop Christian women leaders. The network is cross-denominational, just held their second annual conference, and has already posted conference dates for 2015. Impressive! There is some great content on leadership development on Kyria’s blog.
The mission of this group (with leadership from seven conservative evangelical denominations) is “to encourage and equip women called by God to vocational Christian ministry within the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition for the advancement of God’s Kingdom”. Targeted to women in leadership, the site has a nice list of articles, booklets, and audio/video recordings, although you’ll have to send an email to get access to some of them. Love this recent blog post – I’m Ted and I’m Married to Your Minister.
There are at least two dozen other blogs I follow, but since I’m out of time and space, here are a few favorite posts:
As I was writing I was struck by the fact that more conservative Christians are speaking up in support of the full inclusion of women in 2014 than at any other time in history. There have been times in the last few months when I just couldn’t keep up. It reminded me of this scripture:
“The Lord announces the word, and the women (and I would add, the men!) who proclaim it are a mighty throng.” Psalm 68:11 NIV.
YOUR TURN: I can already think of more blogs that should be on the list, including some of the guest bloggers we’ve featured on our site. I’ll bet you can as well. Who would you add to the list and why?