Old school: Women wrestling with the issue of whether they should be in ministy.
New school: Women are in ministry and wondering how to do it best.
When I google "Women in ministry" 97% of the articles (yes, that's super scientific :) are on whether or not women should be in ministry. But when I talk to women who are in ministry, that's not what they're asking about. They want to know:
-I'm a single woman in ministry--how do I draw boundaries so my work doesn't become my life?
-I'm one of the few women on staff and sometimes it seems the males don't know how to respond to me. They'll go to lunch but I'm not invited. At times, I feel left out for being a woman, how do I handle it?
-Where can I connect with other women who are assuming similar roles in their churches?
-Where do I find a Godly woman who can mentor me, encourage me and hold me accountable?
-Why does some of the stiffest opposition for doing what I do (whether it's leading small groups, the worship team et) come from other women rather than men?
-Though the senior pastor and board supports me with this leadership role, there are some on staff who aren't as supportive. They won't come out and say it--but it shows up in their comments and attitudes. How can I win their hearts and represent Jesus well in the doors as I respond to the calling on my life?
So what do you think are some of the "real issues" of women in ministry?
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