Tag Archives: Women in church work

Whispers

They whisper to us. From the pages of Scripture, countless women whisper to us. But if we’re too loud with our preconceived notions of what women can and cannot do, who they can and cannot be, we will miss it. We won’t hear them praying, teaching, prophesying, and preaching. We’ll overlook it when…

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The Role of Intentional Affirmation in Female Development

Who inspired you to be in ministry? It’s a question many of us can answer, but how often do we stop to consider if we have passed along the same gift? As ministry leaders there is an intentional, but simple, thing we can do to help women move toward ministry. It is important…

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Can You See Me Now? Women, Service, and the Small Church

A while back, I had an appointment with a new optometrist. She examined my eyes and then she changed my prescription (the one I had for at least ten years) and went on with her day. I wasn’t too happy about her change—the old prescription worked just fine. Last month, my left eye…

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The Women’s Issue

We often refer to the conversations around women in the church as “the women’s issue.” Churches are studying “the women’s issue.” Churches are dividing over “the women’s issue. Men and women, myself included, have emphasized the importance of “the women’s issue.” But is “the women’s issue” truly a women’s issue? Does it belong…

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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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