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Women's Ministry in the Local Church Paperback – January 17, 2006
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"What sets this book apart is not only the authors' careful thought but their compelling personal examples. The result is a deeply biblical yet intensely practical guide that will greatly benefit not only women, but pastors as well."
—C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
"In this day and age, we need more courageous visionaries who seek to release women in ministry while honoring the complementarian framework of God's Word. This is a helpful resource for all who wish to join in this pursuit."
—Mary A. Kassian, Professor of Women's Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
"Women's Ministry is a biblically rich reflection of the authors' very thesis-when men and women humbly and joyfully complement each other's God-given roles and gifts, spiritual grace flows for the nurture of His Church."
—Peter A. Lillback, Senior Pastor, Proclamation Presbyterian Church, President, Westminster Theological Seminary
"Finally, Ligon Duncan and Susan Hunt have given the church a clear theological framework from which to build an effective women's ministry."
—Randy Stinson, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Ligon Duncan (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the chancellor & CEO and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served as the senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, for seventeen years. He is a cofounder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. Duncan has edited, written, or contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.
Susan Hunt is a mother, grandmother, pastor’s wife, author, and the former director of women’s ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America. Hunt has written a number of books, including Spiritual Mothering.
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Within this book Duncan and Hunt construct a framework of theology through which a local church will be able to implement a ministry that honors God's plan and purpose for the church. Rather than moving against or beside the church, the ministry will become one with the church, supporting and complementing other ministries while encouraging and edifying women. According to the authors, the purpose of this book is to strengthen Christ's church by presenting a practical theology of women's ministry in the local church. The book answers five questions that are fundamental to a successful, biblical ministry for and by women:
* Why should a church have a women's ministry - what is the biblical apologetic?
* Who is responsible for the women's ministry in a church?
* How does a women's ministry relate to the other ministries in a church?
* What are the tasks of a women's ministry?
* How does a church implement a biblical approach to women's ministry?
The book presents a covenantal and complementarian approach to womanhood and to women's ministry in the church. "There is nothing more beautiful, satisfying, delightful, and God-glorifying than when men and women live and work together in complementarity." Duncan provides five things he feels that each church needs to do in connection with a practical embrace of biblical womanhood:
* We need to cultivate godly, feminine, Christian women.
* We need to promote healthy Christian marriages.
* We need to promote godly, monogamous, heterosexual marriages.
* We need to cultivate among our Christian women a joyous embrace of godly, healthy, Christian, male spiritual leadership in the church.
* We need to help Christian women appreciate the manifold areas of service that are open to them in the church and to equip them distinctively as women to fulfill their ministry.
In discussing these areas of service Hunt points out that the primary question should not be what is permissible but what is needful for women to do. And that is the focus of the book: What can women do to fulfill their unique calling and to serve the Lord with their giftedness? The heart of the book is an examination of five reasons why women's ministry is important to every healthy evangelical church. These reasons are:
* Submission: Through it we have the opportunity to address helpfully the issue of the nature of manhood and womanhood, an issue that is very much at the heart of the cultural transition that we find ourselves in right now.
* Compassion: The Bible teaches so much and so clearly on manhood and womanhood. A church that wants to be biblical will want to make sure the women of the congregation embrace and implement this teaching.
* Community: When biblical manhood and womanhood are denied or altered or unpracticed, that results in disasters for marriages, families, and churches. Women's ministry provides a safe and secure environment where these issues can be addressed.
* Discipleship: We ought to have an intentional, deliberate approach to female (and male) discipleship because men and women are different, and these differences need to be recognized, taken into account, and addressed in the course of Christian discipleship.
* Scripture: The denial or twisting of the Bible's clear teaching on manhood and womanhood is one of the central ways that biblical authority is being undermined in our times. Women's ministry provides a forum to understand issues of biblical authority.
While this is not a book I would be likely to buy of my own accord, I am grateful that it was supplied to me and I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed it. On the Reformation21 Blog Philip Ryken recently endorsed the book by saying, "I am not aware of any other resource that so effectively gives a biblical rationale for women's ministry without distorting the overall shape of the local church -- putting women's ministry in its proper context." I agree with that statement and, like Dr. Ryken, and glad to recommend this book to pastors, elders or anyone who might be involved in women's ministry.
Women are to be in submission to the elders. I agree. Everyone in the church should be in submission to the elders not just the women. We should all be in submission to one another, not just women to men.
The ideas for ministry are frequently simplistic - "make coffee???"
On the whole, if you're from the north, and don't think all women should be doing is "cultivating domesticity" this is not the book for you.
This book is wonderful if you agree with these ideas. There should be some kind of alert so people will know these folks think women are to subject to men who often are not even interested in issues concerning women. I noticed from their bios, that they seem to wonderful people, who have devoted their energy and skills to the Lord. The book has a fair amount of Scripture which gives a foundation. Give it a read, maybe you will find it helpful.
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