Pioneering Together: Welcoming a Female Minister

Today’s post will not be very long, because I am just going to publish a link with some basic information about the link and hope you will take the time to follow the link and read the post.

If you are a member of the acapella Churches of Christ, whether you are in leadership, ministry, or just a regular member, this is a post you need to read. Many churches are adding female ministers to their staffs as our churches as a whole are starting to realize women’s capabilities and rethink a lot of man made restrictions. It is ongoing process that will probably take a number of years to complete.  It is extremely important that when a female is added to the ministry staff that she is made to feel that she is indeed a part of the congregation. The writer of the article I will link you to “has been there-done that”. She speaks from having lived through what she writes. For those who do not know the author, Shannon C. Rains, who is my oldest daughter, this will be a good way to learn just a little about her and the challenges faced by women in ministry! She is planning two more articles so put a link in your favorites to be sure to remind you to read the t two articles. The article is published on the web site CHARIS and is titled “Pioneering Together: Welcoming a Female Minister” ( ).


Pioneering Together: Welcoming a Female Minister  by Shannon Rains

In fifteen years of full-time ministry service, I have been the first and only female minister on two different church staffs. I know a thing or two about being the only female. …………………………………..


ABOUT CHARIS: (from their web site )
CHARIS hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ. The website is intended to support education for Christian life and community through contemporary discussions and historical sources that variously witness to the gifts (“charis”) of God among Churches of Christ, especially their plea for visible unity among Christians through ongoing renewal and restoration of Scriptural beliefs and practices among God’s people.

The CHARIS website is supported by Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX, USA), the Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS) at ACU. The purpose of CHARIS at ACU is to seek God’s blessings for a healthy relationship between the Christian college/university – its faculty, staff, and students – and the church heritage that gives identity and meaning to such a school. This underlying concern for Christian colleges/universities, and their relationship to the churches, is reflected in the form and content of the CHARIS website.