I am thankful to have a church heritage that affirms and values women in ministry, women in leadership, and female pastors. Yet, I have been embarrassed that this affirmation is often times more in theory or history than current practice. As I work with congregations across Indiana, I find that some have imported a bias against women in leadership from other tribes. I hear search teams say they are not open to a female pastor.
Here are some things to take into account as we think about the question “What are some things to keep in mind when we preach to women?”
Dear Male Egalitarian Pastors,
I have something I need to tell you, and it’s a bit tough to say. Before I do, I want you to know how much I appreciate you. You are allies and friends, important voices in the ongoing conversation about gender equality in the church…