The Historical Research of Dr Sandra Glahn: “Church History: What Do We Learn about Women in Public Ministry?”
A note from Wendy Wilson, Women’s Development Track, Exec Dir:
We often assume in modern evangelical circles that women in public ministry and/or leadership is a capitulation to worldly culture, specifically the feminist movement of the 1960s. While we all want to be the distinct People of God that show the world who God is, every era needs to revisit how our own cultural values have perhaps influenced us more than we realized – where we’ve come and why . . . which is exactly what Sandra pursues in this article.
The link to the article is below . . .but here are a few excerpts from “Church History: What Do We Learn about Women in Public Ministry?”:
“When I took some doctoral courses in history, I read numerous primary documents which revealed that the question about women in public ministry in the church has been burning since long before the U.S. Women’s Movement. So, I set out to determine when it actually started.
Back, back, back I went. And each century sent me to an earlier one to find when it started. Eventually, I concluded that evidence for orthodox Christians affirming women in public ministry started on the day of Pentecost. And it will be fully realized in the eschaton (Joel 2, Acts 2). So what happened [in between]? What led to the changes?”
Read the whole article –