Encouraging Men without Disempowering Women
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Growing up in a conservative, religious family, the values learned, lessons experienced and relationships made through my church are of utmost importance to me. This religious foundation helped form who I am—a caring, thoughtful, inquisitive, loving woman who values the traditions and lessons that come from my Christian faith. However, one tradition has always irked me: In the church where I grew up, women are not allowed to hold leadership positions. A study by the Barna Group in 2009 found that only 10% of Protestant churches had a female senior pastor.