Gender stereotypes and cultural conditioning make healthy male-female relationships difficult. As parents, mentors, and other parental figures, it’s our responsibility to teach and model mutuality to the next generation.
Black women make up most of the church membership in Black churches, yet they have historically been excluded from the decision-making tables. We must consider how these women serve when we evaluate women’s equality.
We have had many significant moments in the past thirty years in the journey toward gender equality. The difficulty is that large leaps of progress often leave room for invisible, subtle barriers for women in ministry.
The oppression and disparate treatment of women in society intersects with manhood, yet men hesitate to talk about these issues in male-only settings. Discussions of manhood must also include discussions of womanhood.
Patriarchal beliefs in American evangelicalism regarding women and men’s roles are pervasive—even in egalitarian churches. This helps explain the exodus that begins when a woman enters a church as pastor.