We are not all the same. The time has come for us to honestly name the ways we are different and similar so that we can serve together in unity, grace and trust.
Women in ministry experience unique challenges in their church settings which continue to hinder their vocational, professional, and personal success. Women in ministry need a trusted and comprehensive resource not only to be able to survive but to thrive in their places of call. She provides theoretical, theological, and practical frameworks and strategies for flourishing as a woman in ministry and engages critical reflection on the practice of ministry in light of current feminist theory, biblical interpretation, and experience.
Covering everything from biblical arguments for and against women in the church to what not to wear, this book offers background information and tools for negotiating the many and varied issues that woman in ministry face, including leadership, the authority and office of the clergy, and structures and power in the church. A trusted and comprehensive resource for women in ministry, equipping them to thrive in their places of call, and for the men who serve alongside them.
"For women in ministry, one 'a-ha' moment after another spills from the pages of this book. Decades after ordination opened for women in mainline churches, the struggle for acceptance and equality goes on. This is an important book which narrates the deep costs of sexism and imagines a new form of women's leadership rooted and grounded in authentic love and genuine hospitality. In telling the truth about persistent sexism in the church, Karoline Lewis, paradoxically, blesses her readers with hope. This hope emerges in naming the challenges for women leaders and then pointing the way forward." - Leanne Van Dyk, President and Professor of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
“SHE is a weighty but readable book that brings feminism and feminist theology into conversation with the real-life challenges every woman in ministry still faces. Lewis’s artful exposition of power and vulnerability, truth, and biblical authority speaks to the unique concerns of women church leaders. At the same time, it affirms deeper truths about the essence of all Christian leadership, regardless of gender.”
--Ann Michel, Associate Director for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Washington, DC
“Karoline Lewis knows that Christian ministry cannot be practiced without telling and performing the truth. In this fast-paced, passionate book, Lewis tells some tough truth that is also life-giving to pastors. She particularly shows how women in ministry can be empowered by analyzing the structures of power that function to disempower women. Here’s an exciting experiment in telling the truth about women in ministry that I found to be both judgment upon and a gracious gift to my own ministry.”
--Will Willimon, retired UMC bishop, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC