Archive for March 17th, 2008
I’m a woman youth pastor.
Often times when people hear what I do I get a surprised look. Women, in pastor roles are rare in the church world. I’m thankful to serve in a place that isn’t afraid to blaze new trails in this area of ministry and go outside the stereotypical mindset of how church “should” be.
Bottom line is this: I know what I’m called to do. I know that when I’m pastoring, I’m alive! So should I get caught up in the way things “ought” to be and miss my calling? Should I allow the opinions of others to keep me from what I was created to do?
It’s a constant lie I battle: I can’t do this because I’m a woman. No one will respect me because I’m a woman. I’ll get overlooked because I’m a woman. I have to work extra hard because I’m a woman.
I don’t want to become one of those crazy women activists who think they are every bit as good as the men. I know my place as a woman but at the same time I have to ask: what am I to do with my calling?
If we’re to continue to be relevant to the ever-changing world around us are there some conventional traditions we need to consider overcoming? I sure hope so.
What are your thoughts on women in leadership?