“Church” or “Old Boys Club”?

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn.  Do you belong to a church like the one described in the prior post?  Is church leadership an “old boys club”?  If you’re a strong woman with solid leadership skills – note our definition of “biblical feminism” in prior posts – what do you do?  Are women at your church expected to collect splinters on the bench while the “first string” – men – get in the game and call all the plays?  How do you feel about that?  Have you ever thought about it?  If so, what do you do?  Stay, leave, or…?

Juxtaposition?

We’re not urging or advocating lashing out at men or tossing tomatoes their way every chance you get.  We are advocating a mutual approach where service is based on gifting and calling, not gender.  Picking up from last time, consider the following quote from J. Lee Grady in 10 Lies the Church Tells Women (pp. 201-202):

Women have been the backbone of the church despite the fact that they have been denied opportunities to lead it.  They have provided the bulk of financial support for most churches as well. … Yet one recent report by researcher George Barna indicates that a growing number of women are turning away from the church because it has marginalized them.”

So here’s the question: In the “church as an old boys club” case cited previously, who’s the biggest loser?  By muzzling, stifling, neglecting and devaluing talented, gifted women, isn’t the Church the biggest loser?

How ‘bout the view articulated by J. Lee Grady in 10 Lies the Church Tells Women:

“In this hour, the church needs Spirit-empowered men and women who recognize that they are simply vessels for the Master’s use.  They must be emptied of all selfish ambition.  They must decrease so that He can increase.  If it is God working through a weak human being, whether male or female, then the glory will go to Him alone – not to human flesh.”

Join us next time for more.  Don’t forget to comment (Thank you for adhering to our comment policy.)

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Coming up:

Because it’s generated significant interest,  a series on “Spiritual Abuse” launches in late-March.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the heads up. Please try again.

  2. I have been very blessed to attend a church that encourages me to be involved in anything and everything. I go to a very small country methodist church and praise God, this church has supported me and given me plenty of chances to spread my wings and use the gifts God has given. Blessings,

    Eden

    Thorns and Myrtles
    edenellis.wordpress.com

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