Selected Theological Resources on Women/Men in Leadership

I believe the Bible's message is that women and men are fundamentally equal and jointly called to ministry without limitations by gender. Further, my conviction is that God's mission will advance in greater measure if our communities of faith can equip and empower women alongside men, as together we pursue the Biblical model of becoming sisters and brothers in Christ. The following theological resources align with this way of reading the text.

On the topic of a theology of women/men in leadership, for me the core book is InterVarsity Press' Discovering Biblical Equality, here. It can be a bit academic in tone, but I like it because it is a collection of articles, allowing people to pick and choose what would be helpful for them. 

 

A more recent and cohesive option that I’ve appreciated is Gender Roles and the People of God, here. Though it also includes a bit of historical and sociological reflection, the theological sections are very solid. This book would be excellent for a book group discussion.

 

For shorter articles, I’m a fan of three blogs that help with a theology of women/men in leadership: the Junia Project, CBE International, and Marg Mowczko. Each one has a search function, so that you can seek out the particular topics you are interested in.

 

For a short, comprehensive, yet academic piece, go to an article by Fuller Seminary's David Scholer here.

 

And then I appreciate the collection of videos on this page.

 

Selected Books on Women and Men in Ministry Partnerships

The classic text on the topic of mixed-gender ministry partnerships is Carol Becker's 2000 book Becoming Colleagues: Men and Women Serving Together in Faith. Find it on Amazon here.

Another excellent book on the topic is Ruth Haley Barton's 2000 book Equal to the Task: Men & Women in Partnership. Find it on the InterVarsity Press site here

Two more recent books are worthwhile reads. I recommend Bronwyn Lea's Beyond Awkward Side Hugs: Living as Christian Brothers and Sisters in a Sex-Crazed World (here) and Danielle Strickland's Better Together: How Women and Man Can Heal the Divide and Work Together to Transform the Future (here).