as you probably know, i became a christian when i was 18 years old. i was living in london, england and had stumbled upon hillsong church. i can’t remember who was speaking or what songs we sung (i strangely do remember what i was wearing, ha) but that night the Holy Spirit tugged at my heart and i knew it was time to surrender my life to Jesus and accept him as my Lord + Saviour.
i went to colour conference two weeks later. there i saw women who were preaching boldly. they spoke with authority AND femininity. they all had different speaking styles yet it was so clear to me; they were being used by God to preach his word.
as i continued my journey there (11 months in all), i never thought about gender roles in the church. both men and women graced the platform speaking powerful messages. there were male pastors, there were female pastors. this was the norm. gender roles in the church seemed like they were a non-issue.
and then i moved to north america.
it makes my heart sad that it’s even an issue. it makes my heart sad that young girls believe they have to be a “pastor’s wife” to be in pastoral leadership. it makes my heart sad that we have to write books and blog posts about it.
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons AND daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men AND women alike. -Joel 2:28-29 NLT
i cannot wait to get my hands on sarah bessey’s Jesus feminist. i’m thankful that she took up the challenge and tackled this issue straight on. i’m also thankful for kim moran who preached on this issue to bible college students (listen to it here). i’m thankful for churches and pastors who have let women do what God has called them to do. and i pray that one day, gender roles in the church will be a non-issue amongst all.