Tag Archives: gender

Envisioning the Dream of Ministry

In a university setting, students are often asked a seemingly innocent question: “What are your plans for the future?” Although it sounds like small talk, the question can be quite difficult to answer. To answer this question, we must have a vision of possibilities for the future. A vision for future employment is…

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The Samaritan Woman and the Church’s Response to #MeToo

At the site of Jacob’s well, which is still in existence today, Jesus met a Samaritan woman on his way back to Galilee and asked her for a drink of water. We find many discrepancies at play within the breadth of this narrative and its culture: local women did not draw water alone,…

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Pioneering Together: Creating Space for Authentic Relationships

This post is part three of a three-part series entitled Pioneering Together. Find the rest of the series here: 1) Welcoming a Female Minister, 2) Empowering Her Leadership Gifts — He walked into my office with a cup of coffee, sat down, and said, “I guess we should be friends.” An elder called and said, “Bring the…

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Pioneering Together: Empowering Her Leadership Gifts

This post is part two of a three-part series entitled Pioneering Together. Find the rest of the series here: 1) Welcoming a Female Minister, 3) Creating Space for Authentic Relationships — I was asked to interview at a rather large congregation. There was a female and a male candidate, and the congregation was going to choose…

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Pioneering Together: Welcoming a Female Minister

This post is part one of a three-part series entitled Pioneering Together. Find the rest of the series here: 2) Empowering Her Leadership Gifts, 3) Creating Space for Authentic Relationships — In fifteen years of full-time ministry service, I have been the first and only female minister on two different church staffs. I know a thing or…

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