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Harbor Finally Has A Woman Elder

Harbor Finally Has A Woman Elder | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
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She's also in charge of the kid's ministry. Pro: there's finally a woman on the elder board. Con: the leadership hasn't done the hard intellectual work of figuring out why it took this long to get a woman and why it appears there are so few candidates. It's like they're using a band aid when they should be visiting the emergency room.

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Women: The Church's Most Wasted Resource

Women: The Church's Most Wasted Resource | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Jesus often gave women a platform. Why doesn’t the rest of the Church?
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Evangelicals are passionate about personal sin—swearing, adultery, gossip, drunkenness, lust, anger and so on. They have significantly less interest in systemic sin—racism, greed, selfishness and repression of women. This low view of systemic sin, this privileged paradigm of power, makes it easy to ignore the way women are treated in Church.
Read more at http://ftp.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/features/28538-women-the-churchs-most-wasted-resource#XdewfWFB7zkOvsjX.99Evangelicals

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The Poor Shall Inherit the Boards

The Poor Shall Inherit the Boards | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Calling for more economic diversity in church leadership.
Winifred Flint's insight:

This explains one more reason that you don't see women on church boards - they just don't make enough money. They are also less likely to be  senior management, tenured scientists or holders of advanced engineering degrees.The underlying thinking is that if they aren't already serving in some sort of management role in the "real" world they likely don't have the skills to run a church. In addition, there is a lot of money talk at board meetings on subjects such as pastoral compensation, whether to rent or buy a building, etc. The budgets typically are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Again, the underlying thinking is that if you don't handle those kind of numbers outside of church, you are unlikely  to be able to  do so on a church board....Maybe they think it's just too "mathy" for women. In case you are new to the faith, there is no Scriptural mandate for elders to have money.  But why this do often ends up being the case - the most wealthy and/or best educated running things all the time - baffles me.  What is even more baffling is listening to them do the biblical gymnastics to justify themselves. Do they not know we read the Bible too?

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Gifted for Leadership: Women Leading in a New Era

Gifted for Leadership: Women Leading in a New Era | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Women Called to Ministry
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LOOK: Here's What Happened When A Catholic Cardinal Asked A Female Pastor To Anoint Him

LOOK: Here's What Happened When A Catholic Cardinal Asked A Female Pastor To Anoint Him | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
At a time when there is much discussion about the role of women in the Christian Church, one cardinal demonstrated the power of respect caught in a moving photograph that has sparked enthusiastic approval as well as vehement criticism.
Winifred Flint's insight:

When will we see this in an  Evangelical church? A mega-church pastor showing respect to a woman pastor like this? It would take a lot of humility - not something typically found on the staff of the mega-churches or even the mini-churches.

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Are Christian conferences sexist? 'The Nines' controversy prompts reflection. - On Faith & Culture

Are Christian conferences sexist? 'The Nines' controversy prompts reflection. - On Faith & Culture | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
When a popular blogger accuses a major Christian event of gender discrimination, RNS' Jonathan Merritt decides to take stock of the industry itself.
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Someone finally does the math...

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The Church's Missing Half: What happens when women go underrepresented in the Body of Christ.

The Church's Missing Half: What happens when women go underrepresented in the Body of Christ. | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
What happens when women go underrepresented in the Body of Christ.
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Where Are the Strong Professional Women in Your Church?

Where Are the Strong Professional Women in Your Church? | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
A few of my nieces are mighty soccer players. The 11 year old has been saving her allowance and gift money in a jar to support her dream of attending the Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015.
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The unique challenges of church boards

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Since January I've delivered a seminar called Serving as a Board Member right across Canada, and I've heard a lot about the problems boards experience. The striking thing I've learned from these st...

Via Heather Card
Winifred Flint's insight:

Reading between the lines of ths insightful article sheds a lot of light on why why things can go wrong in a church and stay wrong - in spite of good intentions.

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Wanted: Unpaid Pastors

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(RNS) The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest. One reason for the excitement?
Winifred Flint's insight:

This describes the rise of 'tentmakers' - Christians like Paul who supported himself with tentmaking. He did not depend on a regular salary from any congregation. Why this is starting to happen again among pastors today I will address in future posts. The result of the pastorate no longer a ticket to a solid middle class life will cause many to choose a different profession. More of those who are truly called and/or who can live on retirement income will become our future pastors. This bodes well for women being ordained and invited to pastor because history shows that when a profession becomes less lucrative or the salary is intermittent - women begin to fill the positions. Veternarians are a case in point - the salaries have gone down and there are now more women vets than men. In Christian circles, it was common for women to break the hard ground in missions with little or no support. Once 'the living was easy' men got 'the call'...

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Go Ahead, Ladies, Fight for the Faith: Is a fear of conflict keeping women out of apologetics?

Go Ahead, Ladies, Fight for the Faith: Is a fear of conflict keeping women out of apologetics? | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Is a fear of conflict keeping women out of apologetics?
Winifred Flint's insight:

The "Ladies" in the title is demeaning but the content of the article is right on. My decades of church experience back up the author's claim that assertive women are considered troublemakers while assertive men are 'strong in their faith".

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Why We Don't Need "Women's" Ministry

Why We Don't Need "Women's" Ministry | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Sarah Bessey: Please stop treating women's ministry like a safe club for the little ladies to play church.
Winifred Flint's insight:

This is bit rought but a lot of it speaks to my own experiences. Harbor is not totally pink-ified and I know the women leaders think long and hard about providing situations where relationships with Jesus and others can grow but...there's not much intellectual heavy lifting or talking through the issues of the day - be it ethical, political, sexual - whatever. Anything where one might have a difference of an opinion is simply not spoken about. I have to go to the internet to find intelligent conversation about the issues of the day and how they may affect my people and what my response should be to love my people and neighbors. Church is the most boring part of my week.

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Religious Organizations Are Now Eligible for Microsoft Donations at TechSoup

Religious Organizations Are Now Eligible for Microsoft Donations at TechSoup | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
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Not on topic but great news that churches could use.

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Southern Baptists Concerned About Lack of Baptisms for Millenials

Southern Baptists Concerned About Lack of Baptisms for Millenials | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Baptisms have been going steadily down in the past decade for the first time since records started to be kept.
Winifred Flint's insight:

This is the second largest church in the world. It also  holds the belief that men should be the head of the home and women cannot lead men in church. Maybe the Millennials read the small print and just moved on...

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6 Indicators That You May Be A Church Planter

6 Indicators That You May Be A Church Planter | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Are you a church planter? How can you know?
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See something missing here? Yeah, so do I. The absence of anything in the article indicating that women can be planters is one thing, but it's really the pictures that stay with us and transmit a powerful subconscious message. Women need not apply. When church planting was done in the 1800's by women breaking ground ministering  in disease infested parts of the world with no funding - that's a footnote. When a man wants to move two states away with the backing of a large well funded church planting organization - that's a Calling. And why are they always married? One more time Jesus would never be picked to do anything interesting in the church.

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The Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the U.S. in 2014

The Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the U.S. in 2014 | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
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Let's think this through. I live in New England - land of the "unchurched" as Protestants say (Catholic Churches don't count...). This part of the country also has a very high rate of well educated women and women who run organizations of all sizes and stripes. It is also the home of many, many single people. But when they go to church they don't see themselves in the leadership on the platform.  In any organization, it is the leaders who are deemed most successful at whatver the org. does. So if you want to be successful you model yourself after them. But if they don't look like you at all or have a lifestyle that has any bearing on your life - what message are you getting? "I will be a second class citizen in this place - I'm outta here" So when the church finally decides to look for potential leaders- elders who are women or singles and they don't find too many - it's because they stepped in the door one Sunday and then fled...

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Review of “Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women’s Ministry” @KregelAcademic | Unsettled Christianity

Review of “Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women’s Ministry” @KregelAcademic | Unsettled Christianity | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
I have to be honest and admit that I came to Mary Jo Sharp’s Defending the Faith: Apologetics in Women’s Ministry predisposed to disagree with it. For good
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I Respect the Southern Baptist Church

I Respect  the Southern Baptist Church | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
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The largest Protestant denomination doesn't allow women as pastors. They make no effort to soft pedal it - it is stated on their website. http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/pswomen.asp Of course they are wrong-mnded about it - but I respect them being upfront. It is much more  honest than saying your church allows women as elders and pastors but then somehow women are never chosen for positions in leadership. More props to the SBC - if you're eating a hot meal at a Red Cross safty area after a disaster - it is likely members of the SBC brought the food and are behind the stove.

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On being ‘divisive’….

On being ‘divisive’…. | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
For writers, tone is a tricky thing to get right.   

It’s also one of the most important things to get right.

And like most writers, sometimes I get tone right and sometimes I get tone
wrong.
Winifred Flint's insight:

"In other words, the advantage goes to the powerful because things rarely change without friction. And if friction is equated with divisiveness, then the powerful can appeal to Christ’s call for unity as a way of silencing critics. This was an effective strategy for white clergy who opposed Civil Rights. "

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Black Coaches and Women Elders

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The NFL's annual meeting kicked off in Phoenix yesterday, and to celebrate, 30 out of the 32 head coaches posed for this lovely photo. Can you figure out who's missing?
Winifred Flint's insight:

I am not a particulary informed sports fan - I watch the Patriot's with my family and that's about it. However, I have been noticing that while the teams in the NFL are mostly black - the  coaches are overwhelmingly white. I did a bit of research and learned this is also the case for college football. The NFL teams are  about 60% non-white; The U.S. is about 30% non-white. Shouldn't the coaches be at least 30% black/hispanic/samoan if not 60%? Right now it looks like less than 10%. Given the push for diversity in so many other parts of our lives, how can this still be happening? I  mentioned this to my family member who is more of a sports fan and got no response. It seems screamingly obvious that something is very wrong. Not unlike churches where it's men who are picked to be elders and pastors. And women are kept in the pink ghetto.

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'Mr. Spock goes to church': How one Christian copes with Asperger's syndrome

'Mr. Spock goes to church': How one Christian copes with Asperger's syndrome | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Opinion by Brant Hansen, special to CNN



(CNN) -- In the book “Jim and Caspar Go to Church,” an atheist turns to a Christian minister as they're watching a Sunday morning church service and earnestly asks, "Is this what Jesus told you guys to do?
Winifred Flint's insight:

OMG - I do not have Aspergerger's but this sure does sound familiar. At heart I am an introvert with strong analytical skills. But Harbor as well as so many other Evangelical churches values extroverts and feelers. It makes sense that a pastroral staff attracts would-be leaders who are like them but it sure can get lopsided. In self defense I learned to speak "Extrovert" but never really mastered "Feeling Speak". That was especially obvious being involved in a prayer ministry -good people doing kind things but I didn't get the lingo. I finallly figured out two things: first - the more of an extroverted, feeling woman you were, the more opportunities  for interesting jobs and second -  you might as well park your brain at the door, at least for women. It appears that men who did not fit the extroverted, feeler  mold were more likley to be considered wise while women w/ the same bent were invisible.There were still many, many times that the Lord called part of my specific skill set and decades of Christian life into use - almost always on the QT. However, I would have loved to use my intellectual skills for the church too. Surviving foster care, graduating high school at 16 and getting a math degree in addtion to being a Believer for over 30 years does seem like qualification for at least a chance at something  more difficult than shaking hands at the front door.

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How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a Generation: We don’t need gimmicks; we need the gospel.

How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a Generation: We don’t need gimmicks; we need the gospel. | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
We don’t need gimmicks; we need the gospel.
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"A church which claims to value diversity and equality needs to do more than promote white males and refer to all humanity with a masculine pronoun."

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Celebrating Title IX As God’s Good Gift

Celebrating Title IX As God’s Good Gift | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
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Americans under the age of 40 have no memory of a time when girls were denied access to sports. If you were to tell a mother today that her daughter could not play soccer because she was a girl she would think it outrageous and likely complain vociferously to all manner of authorities about this injustice until it was remedied.Yet the same mother - a long time attender of the average evangelical church - does not utter a peep about the lack of leadership/discipleship opportunities for her daughter who exhibits leadership in every other part of her life - school, sports, clubs, & youth group. Nary a word leaves her lips about the subtle and blatant ways her daughter is told her leadership gifts will never be used to their fullest in her own church. Her daughter is bright and sees what's going on. So once she leaves for college, she never darkens the door of her family's church again - prefering the church where a woman and man co-pastor. Where the elders include women. And men teach the 3 year olds...We need a Title IX for Christian women.

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The Banality of Systemic Evil

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A recent poll showed that 70 percent of people aged 18 to 34 thought Edward Snowden “did a good thing.” Has the younger generation lost its moral compass?
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Substitute the words "systemic evil" with "institutional sin" and it becomes an even more compelling story for the Church.

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The Seminary Gender Gap: Why we should be concerned that women remain outnumbered in theological education.

The Seminary Gender Gap: Why we should be concerned that women remain outnumbered in theological education. | Christian Woman Sharpens Iron | Scoop.it
Why we should be concerned that women remain outnumbered in theological education.
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