Tag Archives: Women in church work

Is There Power in the Pulpit?

The very first piece of criticism I received when I began to emerge as a preacher, while a student at Lipscomb University, came from one of my peers: “Women preachers just seem power-hungry to me.” The comment seemed so strange to me at the time, but over and over again I’ve continued to…

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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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Remembering Meta, Part Two, by Frank Bellizzi

A Girl and Her Dreams On September 3, 1944, a few days before her eighty-first birthday, Meta Chestnutt Sager looked back on her remarkable life and composed a long letter for her great-niece, Eva Heiliger. “So now to your questions,” she wrote. Responding to some of what Eva had asked about—Heiliger’s letter to…

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Remembering Meta, Part One, by Frank Bellizzi

Author Frank Bellizzi is a minister and a historian residing in Tulia, Texas. This guest post is the first of a series on Meta Chestnutt Sager (1863-1948), Oklahoma Hall of Fame educator. At Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, a framed photograph with a brief biography hangs in the main hall of the College…

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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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