There’s been a steady and persistent conversation growing around the state of women’s discipleship in the American evangelical church. Back in November, Erin Straza and I tackled whether the church might be outsourcing women’s discipleship to the marketplace. Christianity Today extended the conversation with this important piece after popular women’s author, Bible teacher, and blogger Jen Hatmaker publicly embraced a more progressive sexual ethic. As the conversation continues, here are a some books, articles, and podcasts to help you think deeply about the challenges we’re facing and how churches can support robust women’s discipleship.
On Persuasion, Erin and I follow up on our previous conversation with guest Sharon Hodde Miller in an episode entitled “When You Fancy Yourself a Prophet.” Sharon is a writer, speaker, pastor’s wife, and Ph.D. in North Carolina who researched why and how evangelical women choose to attend seminary. She recently wrote a thought provoking piece for Mere Orthodoxy about our collective loss of “prophetic imagination” and the temptation for female leaders in particular to coddle our female audiences. Keep your eyes open for Sharon’s coming book.
This panel discussion from #JustGospel17, a conference hosted by the Reformed African-American Network, is fascinating and much needed contribution to a conversation that often takes place in very white spaces. One particular gem occurs at 3:25 when Jamie Love identifies women’s discipleship as an issue of justice. Given the shape of US history, white Christians can easily forget that education (even our spiritual education) is more than a question of taking advantage of an opportunity in front of you. For whites, there may be financial or practical barriers to pursuing education; but for blacks, achieving access to quality education has been a long, hard-fought battle–one that in many ways continues to this day. We’d be naive to assume that this larger context hasn’t affected how the Church disciples both women and minorities.Continue Reading