Practical Support

In the CBE Scroll there has been a 3 part interview with Pastor Dorcas George. It is worth reading all three parts (1, 2, 3).

One thing that particularly caught my eye was from Interview: Pastor Dorcas George (Part 3).

In answer to the question

What do you wish churches understood about women in ministry?

They got the reply.

I wish they understood that there are often some extra challenges. I recently saw this list on the blog “Christian Egalitarians.” These are simple things to do, but would make a difference.

1. Be intentional about quoting females.

2. Be an encourager and advocate to women who are working with you and under you.

3. Provide scholarships for women to attend important gatherings and provide childcare.

4. Be intentional about having women be part of the planning team.

5. Leave some space in the conversation for women’s voices.

6. If you are asked to speak somewhere, ask if some of your honorarium can go towards making sure women are there.

7. Invite women in to publish in your journals and books.

8. Keep your eyes open for women doing outstanding things under the radar.

Now I think these are good. But I do quibble a little with "
2. Be an encourager and advocate to women who are working with you and under you." I am a little concerned that this implies that women are not going to be in positions of authority over you.

In my ministry experience I have had many women in positions of authority over me (many listed in my post 42: Thank-you to some of the women in my life). That continues today with Rev Alison Tomlin as the Chair of the Northampton District (still technically the Oxford and Leicester District for a few more weeks). I suspect there are few if any people coming through into their first ministerial appointments in the British Methodist Church who have not been under the authority of more than one woman during their training process.

Now I don’t mean that women in authority above us need special treatment. However, I do think it is important to not imply a glass ceiling that should not exist for women (or for anyone else for that matter).

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