What Are Women Free to Do?

Sharon Freedom, Theology, Women's Ministry 1 Comment

What are women free to do? I’ve been thinking about that question a lot lately. Depending on where you’re standing, this question can sound like a loaded one. For some, it is a political question. For others, an ecclesiological one. I have been thinking about it from a different angle altogether. Over the last few weeks I have been studying …

Missional Tunnel Vision

Sharon Evangelism, Family, Social Justice, Women's Ministry 4 Comments

This month I’ve been wrapping up my summer schoolwork with an independent study of feminist theology, and I have really loved it! My research has been educational, thought-provoking, and personally challenging, which is exactly what I was hoping it would be. As I have explored the history of feminism and its relationship to Christian theology, I’ve noticed a significant historical …

A Lesson from Peter’s Wife

Sharon Discipleship, Suffering, Women's Ministry 4 Comments

Did you know that Peter was married? I’m sure I learned this fun fact at some point during seminary, but I had forgotten about it until this week when my pastor mentioned it. Peter’s wife doesn’t enjoy much remembrance because she doesn’t appear directly in Scripture. In fact, the only biblical reference to Peter’s marital status comes from Matthew 8:14– …

The Liberalization of Women’s Ministry

Sharon Women's Ministry 18 Comments

Alright ladies–it’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of the more “academic” stuff I’ve been learning, but there’s something that’s been on my mind for awhile that I think is important. For those of you who love philosophy and church history, this blog will be especially up your alley, but for everyone who reads this I hope you will be …

The Problem of the First Woman

Sharon Church, Leadership, Women's Ministry 6 Comments

Yesterday I was fortunate to catch up with an old friend who serves as a pastor at my last church. He is thinking about creating a women’s ministry for the ladies in his congregation and he wanted to pick my brain about the process. I was SO excited to hear how the Holy Spirit is working in and through the …

Reconsidering My “Princess” Status

Sharon Self-esteem, Women's Ministry 9 Comments

Over the past 10 to 15 years there has developed within evangelicalism a language about men that is uber-masculine. The shift was aided by the publication of books like Wild at Heart by John Eldredge and the Promise Keepers movement. As men have decried the dangers of being a passive husband and father, the church has men encouraged to be …

Why Women Need Women

Sharon Friendships, Women's Ministry 0 Comments

On Friday I was having the WORST day! It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong did, and I was in a terrible mood. Poor Ike had to deal with an impenetrable wall of grumpiness. I was SO ILL. Oooh it was bad. Fortunately, I had plans that night. It was my first “girls night” since I’ve moved to …

What Your Leaders Reveal About Your Ministry

Sharon Leadership, Women's Ministry 6 Comments

This week I attended a presentation about the prospect of employment for women after  graduating from seminary. The findings, which only reflected my particular school, were still pretty discouraging–only a small percentage of women who obtain a Masters of Divinity are able to find full-time jobs in ministry. The study represented a very limited sample (which is why I haven’t …