My husband and I are currently training to be church planters. The Lord has called us both to the work of planting churches. Hear me: I’m not called to be a church planter’s wife. I am called to be a church planter. The couple that is training us is treating me exactly the same as they treat my husband. He isn’t the “front man” while I’m his helper behind the scenes. It would be perfectly fine if that was the case, but it’s not. I’m called to plant churches in a very similar way to my husband.
For example: a few weeks ago, the couple training us had to be out of town for the weekend, so I was the one who brought the teaching to the church they are planting. Me. A woman.
I grew up in a denomination that severely restricted how women could function within the church. For much of my life I bought into these restrictions. However, the Lord has graciously opened my eyes to His heart’s desire.
For the past four years, we have lived in a church that sets no distinction between what men and women can do. All are equal partakers in Christ Jesus and all are free to function however the Lord asks them to. It is amazing how much more of Christ is expressed when there are no man-made hindrances.
Before I point you in the direction of some wonderful articles that shed more light on this subject, I would like to point out something. Man “ruling” over woman came about as part of the fall. It was never God’s desire. So if Jesus Christ destroyed the power of the curse on the cross, why would we think God would want us to hang on to part of it? Hmmm…
Well, anyways, here goes. *Hope you find these as helpful as I have.
If you are thinking about the Ephesians verses that talk about man being the head of woman read these:
If you are thinking about women’s role in the church via Timothy or Corinthians read these:
Let Your Women Keep Silent – if you only have time to read one right now, read this one.
What’s With Paul and Women? – a book
The Black Swan Effect – a book
If you are wondering why everything is translated “man” in Scripture read this:
God’s TRUE view of women:
Sisters AND Brothers – let’s take our high place in Christ TOGETHER.
*I have read every article I linked to and believe they are in line with the heart of Christ. However, please don’t assume that because I link to an author, that I agree with everything they believe. Luckily, we don’t have to see eye to eye on everything to still be one in Christ.