As of January 2013, the Women in Ministry Series has moved to the blog of author and pastor Katherine Willis Pershey.
This is the former home page for the Women in Ministry Series, which is a series of guest posts at inamirrordimly.com that encourage women to pursue their God-given callings.
About the Blog Series
Every Friday in 2012 I shared guest posts by women that told stories about women in ministry: serving, planning, leading, or teaching.
We need to tell stories about women in ministry because God is calling women to productive ministry, but there are a lot of negative voices calling them into question. In some quarters we’ve prevented over half of our churches from potentially embracing their calling.
You can also help promote the series by linking to Katherine’s page with the 200×200 pixel badge in my sidebar. If you need a different size, just let me know.
Encourage Others (The Comment Policy)
I hope that you’ll share a bit of your own story in the comments and affirm the women who share as part of this series. This is a place for encouraging women in ministry, not to question their callings. There are plenty of other places on the internet to discuss women in ministry, even other posts on this blog where I welcome the discussion. This series however is not the place for that.
Any comments that question whether a woman should be in ministry in the first place will be removed. Repeat offenders will be blacklisted from the site–I don’t have all day here. That isn’t to say you can’t disagree with the content of the post. Disagreement about the post’s content is welcome. However, while everyone interested is invited to this conversation, my prerequisite for comments in this series is a desire to encourage women in ministry–wherever and whatever that may be.
If you don’t like someone telling you that you can’t chime in and speak your mind on this topic, congratulations. You now understand how women in the church have felt for centuries.
This comment policy is entirely my idea and I bear the responsibility for its flaws and imperfections that may arise as I strive to create a safe place for an encouraging discussion.
But Should Women Serve in Ministry? (The Disagreement Policy)
If you have any concerns about whether women should serve in ministry, I suggest you read the excellent writings of evangelical Bible scholar NT Wright on that topic. In fact, if you’re worried about a small time author like me, deal with a big fish like Wright first. His writings are far more influential than anything I can cobble together. I also encourage you to check out Christians for Biblical Equality for more stories.
You can also read my books Coffeehouse Theology and The Contemporary Issues Study Guide for a pretty thorough treatment of how theology and culture applies to women in ministry. Yes, I am trying to sell my books to you, but I see that as a tax of sorts for disagreeing with me… 😉
Here are two posts I wrote about women in ministry that helped spark the series: