There’s safety in homogenization. If you treat men and women as the same, you don’t risk offending anyone. Or limiting anyone. Or hindering anyone.
But what if God created men and women differently? What if it’s not a question of limitations but a matter of distinct divine purposes for different parts of the body? I guess you could say that the eye is limited because it cannot hear. Or that the ear is limited because it cannot see. But that would be missing the point, wouldn’t it?
The egalitarianism of Western culture, for all its good purposes, leads to the homogenization of men and women. To unisex clothes, colognes, roles, and lifestyles. The lovely and distinct color palettes of men and women mush together into a gray-brown muck.
You can have that if you want it. But we think God intends something better. That’s why this issue of the 9Marks 9Marks Journal is dedicated to how to distinctly pastor women. We want to reflect on what he uniquely and wonderfully intends for women in the life of the church, and how to specially pastor them.
Pastoring Women: Understanding and Honoring Distinctness
If God created men and women differently, discipleship should not be one-size-fits-all. It should cultivate their differences. Read more >
Practically speaking, how should a pastor disciple men and women differently? What kind of strategies and structures should he put in place? Read more >
A seasoned pastor provides practical, down-to-earth counsel on training women for ministry. Read more >
God uniquely created men and women. What does this mean for women’s ministry in the local church? Read more >
Women's Ministry in the Local Church
Titus 2 commands it. Younger women are hungry for it. The church as a whole will benefit from it. So where are the older women who will disciple younger women? Read more >
Young mothers face enormous demands that consume all the energy they have. Here’s why they shouldn’t feel guilty for focusing on the home rather than outside ministry. Read more >
Thomas R. Schreiner
A trusted New Testament scholar takes on this contentious but crucial topic. Read more >
Resources for Today's Biblical Women
Before I was a Christian, I was an angry feminist. I railed against the injustices I saw in the world and wrote impassioned papers about how women needed to free ourselves from oppression, but I didn’t understand true freedom or how we obtain it. Read more >
Maureen Dowd, an influential columnist for the New York Times, recently suggested that feminism is not working for women. In a piece entitled “Blue Is the New Black,” published in September 2009, she wrote Read more >
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
Do you dream of developing a leadership team that actually shepherds the church yet struggle to know what it looks like and how to do it? If you’re a pastor, this dream needs to become a reality! Read more >
Book Review: The Color of Church: A Biblical and Practical Paradigm for Multiracial Churches, by Rodney M. WooReviewed by Juan Sanchez
“How did you do it?” That is the question first time visitors to High Pointe Baptist Church often ask after observing the ethnic diversity present in our worship gatherings. Read more >