We cultivate spaces where women and men can learn and lead together in safe and life-giving relationships.
Our identity is rooted in who God says we are in the Word and shaped by our communion with God.
“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27
God is inviting us into the process of becoming more like Christ.
Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! – Colossians 1:27
human and divine, friendship is God’s idea and desire for us.
“I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:15
God has esteemed women from the beginning…
In creation, God made woman and man in the divine image, both to rule the world and to relate well to one another.
God has always intended women to lead
We see Ruth display an understanding of God that permits her to color outside the lines. We see Esther use her executive and legislative powers to save her people.
Jesus recognized and elevated women
In the Gospels, Jesus was found engaging women in conversation in such a way that their voices were heard. He commended their faith, acknowledged their gifts and gave them the same authority he gave men. More than anyone, Jesus identified with women in their sufferings and ability to expand God’s reign.
Paul championed women leading in the church
In precept and practice, Paul advocates for his sisters to exercise their God given gifts. In Galatians 3:28, Paul speaks to our identity and unity in Christ, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ.” In Romans 16, Paul takes nearly an entire chapter to commend his colleagues by name, male and female.
Radically Good News: Let a Woman Learn
1 Timothy 2:12
Does the Bible really teach that women are not to have authority over men? For years I thought so. Men can lead and preach in the church, but women could not. While that seemed unfair, I didn’t dare question the authority of the Bible but eventually realized I didn’t have to. Critiquing another person’s interpretation did not undermine God’s word, but simply affirms that no individual or human institution has the exclusive corner on Truth.
The more I learned about the background of Timothy’s problems with the church he was pastoring and Paul’s concerns, the more I was able to unpack the meaning of 1 Timothy 2:12. After much study, I actually concluded that Paul in no way diminishes women but shows how supportive he is of them. The video clip captures my understanding of the verse.
~ Rev. Dr. Grace May, WOW! Founder
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