There was some great conversation yesterday in the Comments Section of Meredith’s post: “5 Things I Wish All Male Egalitarian Pastors Would Do“. We thought it would be helpful to keep the conversation going today and see what new ideas we could capture.
Here are some things readers suggested adding to the list:
- Ask women, “Whose voice are we missing around here?”
- Ask women, “How are you experiencing me, and the church, these days?”
- Ask women, “Who are three women leaders we need to invest in over the next 12 months?”
- Make sure you’re not leaving key female staff out of important “off the clock” conversations; on the golf course, etc.
- Don’t put only masculine women on stage. (Commenter added: “You know what I mean!” We’re not sure, so have asked clarification. Assuming refers to women who have adopted more masculine speaking mannerisms & style.)
- Invite women with leadership gifts to your council/elder meetings and discuss the dynamics with them later. (i.e., power, gender, ways people use authority, how men and women operate in leadership settings)
- Hire women for ministry leadership roles. (We would add make sure women are in every candidate pool.)
- Identify women with teaching/leadership gifts and have a mentoring program in place for them.
- Know that when you are quiet about this issue, no matter what your stance is, the people in your church are going to fill that void with other voices they hear on the topic (books, podcasts, friends, blogs). There are LOTS of voices that preach about restrictive gender roles and unilateral female submission. We need more voices speaking up for the egalitarian view of women.
- YOUR IDEA HERE _____________________________________________.
What else might be helpful for pastors to consider as they advocate for the full inclusion of women at all levels of ministry and leadership?
Special thanks to all who commented yesterday, especially male egalitarian pastors Aaron, Dennis, and Steve!
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