Special Episode: #metoo, the Church, and the kingdom

SPECIAL EPISODE – #metoo, the Church, and the kingdom

 

In this special episode, we’re joined by two leaders from the New Life Church staff to address the conversation happening around the #ChurchToo hashtag and to talk about how to cultivate a staff environment that empowers women to lead.

 

 

The worst thing we can do right now is ignore this topic… the Church needs to lead the way…

 

The Scriptures are very clear that God created male and female… the most empowering book ever written for women is the Bible… Jesus empowered women to do ministry…

 

One of the challenges in leading men is that I have to see them as leaders and not [according to their] gender… I can’t treat them differently because I am a woman…

 

The big issue today is that women today have not felt the same privilege to speak out when they see violations…

 

We do not overreact to any issue, but we properly respond to every issue…

 

I realize that I am a middle-aged male that is in power here… so I have to go to extravagant lengths to make sure that the culture and environment is one of openness and honesty…

 

We’re not afraid to talk about the tough things here… we’ve had staff meetings where Brady would say, “The women on staff are like daughters and sisters and mothers” and it really takes the gray area away…

 

New Life has also done a tremendous job under Brady’s leadership of promoting women to leadership… that says to me as a woman that I am trusted, respected, and heard…

 

The Scriptures are very egalitarian in my mind… there are gender distinctions, things we are called to do distinctively, but very few… but for the most part the Scriptures see men and women working alongside, empowering, and strengthening one another…

 

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM

 

  • Is your church a safe and empowering place for women? Why or why not?
  • What steps can you take as a leader to ensure this?
  • To what extent does your theology make it difficult for women to flourish in their gifts?

 

 

RECOMMENDED RESOURCE

 

Brady Boyd – Let Her Lead