I won’t lie. When I heard that Liberty scheduled a week to promote women in leadership I subtly cringed. Not because I oppose women in leadership, but if we’re honest these pro-women symposiums often boast messages delivered through a “male-bashing” dialect and a syntax consistent with secular feminism.
But at the same time I was optimistic. Knowing that Christine Caine was spearheading this initiative gave me a hope that this conference would be different.
And in this case, optimism took the victor.
Students at Liberty University had the distinct privilege of hearing speakers from, literally, across the world speak the powerful truth of Jesus into their lives. Among these speakers were Christine Caine, Beth Moore, and Terry Crist with worship leaders Kari Jobe and her husband Cody Carnes.
What I like best about this event is what it wasn’t…
It wasn’t a men-bashing blood bath
It didn’t promote secular feminism
It didn’t push a subtle agenda of female dominance
It didn’t diminish female femininity
It didn’t defame stay-at-home mothers
Yes, I like what it “wasn’t” the most because no matter how much truth and inspiration you pack into a well delivered message, it will always be undermined if the above list is also present.
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Some men feel uncomfortable in these events. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing. Maybe it’s because we’re so saturated in a male-dominant environment that when we hear a woman speak with power and authority we feel out of place. If it was me 4ish years ago I would be that guy. But I’ve learned over the years to respect, appreciate and encourage gender equality in all aspects.
Especially when it comes to ministry.
I am greatly disturbed with the idea that women, who are just as equipped, willing and passionate for the Great Commission as men, would be restricted from following where they feel God has called them. Even more so, I feel for those who would not hear these women speak because they were restricted. Read more