Monday, May 12, 2008

Women in Leadershift: Rob Bell & Peruvian alpaca-herderettes

Half of what I know about women (and anyone) in ministry I learned by watching this amazing little pastora in the Peruvian Andes, and how she masterfully, humbly and biblically lead her flock of hundreds
from behind. (See her in action at 1:28ff...and note she had no fear of death, witness what "they" often do to female pastors at 0:15 to 0:44!!)

All that to say:

This article on "Megachurch goes Egalitarian," about how

Rob Bell,
Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids,
and their "Aeropagus Meetings"

implemented a new official statement on women in ministry is a case study in navigating shift. It raises questions all over our multiplex map:

church polity/government, role of the pastor, diffusion of innovations,

and the book that apparently rocked Rob Bell :
Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis.

Read the article, and then decide if

need some token women...

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