And so it began...
From that awe-inspiring moment in history when Christ demolished the curse of all mankind, women have been commissioned to share the good news. “Get on your way quickly,” the angel told them.
And what a holy sense of responsibility they must have felt!
For the first time in the history of the world, Jesus forgave, and then entrusted females with both little, and much, during His ministry. It was a ground-breaking privilege. Living under the oppression of their social status in that day, women experienced true freedom in His presence. God beckoned the other half of creation into His revelation, and sent them out into the world to testify in response.
“He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said…
‘...but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:38-40, 41-42 (paraphrased)
As a woman both greatly forgiven, and humbly called, I can relate to being moved so powerfully by the wonder of the resurrection, that I too have sat hours at the feet of Jesus. And I’ve lost no time abandoning my personal grave.
Maybe you empathize with Mary, and feel the exhilaration of Bible study and theological conversation. Maybe you’re a woman longing to share the faith alongside brothers in your places of worship, in a way that you have yet to experience. Or perhaps you’re a man who’d like to better understand the ministry calling through the lens of womanhood.
Regardless of each of our stances on females teaching from the pulpit, most of us can agree that men and women share the responsibility of working side-by-side to spread the gospel. Jesus Himself travelled and equipped seventy disciples, not just the twelve—many of whom also happened to be women.
Unfortunately, the hearts of some of our sisters have weakened in the condition of hope-deferred. They long for a seat at the ministry table and experience struggles that may sound foreign to their male peers.
I’d like to invite you into a conversation regarding the experiences of some women in ministry. It’s one meant to encourage, and to make ready a full-bodied, Spirit-led, and diversely-gifted group of workers, both male and female.
Here are six ways that women in ministry would love to be better understood:
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