Traditionally, women have handled the domestic and nurturing roles in church life: baking, cleaning, organizing, children’s ministry, women’s events, and socials. By the mid-1900s, women were racing to join the workforce, increasing the number of women working and going to college—now making up about 50% in both areas. This transition to the secular world has significantly affected how women serve in the church. According to Barna Research, women comprise only 9% of the lead pastoral roles in America’s Protestant churches, even though most churches (70-80%) express a comfort level with having a woman pastor or priest, and even though women have leadership experience. Men continue to hold most of the highest positions in church life, filling out roles as pastors, counselors, deacons, elders, and adult teachers.
How can the church get women more involved in ministry? Here are 10 suggestions for leaders who want to utilize the enormous potential of women serving in the church:
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