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Marginalized as a Woman in Ministry [EP:111]

Are you feeling marginalized as a woman in ministry? Is your contribution and leadership not valued? Are your ideas ignored? This is a common challenge that many women face, even in denominations and churches that say they welcome women in ministry.

If you haven’t experienced this, I’m thankful and I would encourage you to listen to this episode because I am willing to guarantee there is someone you know who has, even if they are in a denomination or church that embraces an egalitarian model of ministry.

 

 

Boundaries are intricately tied to the challenges of being a woman in ministry.

 

If we aren’t careful we over extend ourselves. We will try to prove them wrong if they question our leadership. We will over compensate and do more. We won’t stop because we are afraid that we’ll be judged or we won’t be seen. And we can spend endless amounts of time and energy trying to fight and make our case for why we belong in ministry. We can spend an exuberant amount of time and energy trying to figure out what we should do to change other people’s perspectives and fix the situation in our own context and in the church at large.

 

It is exhausting. It requires boundaries to not personally take responsibility to fix or change someone else. It requires boundaries to practice self-differentiation and not internalize what other people think.

 

So what can you do? What should you do?

 

Here's what we cover in this episode:

  • Bring awareness to the situation.
  • Give input and offer suggestions.
  • Do what you were called to do the best you can.
  • Discern which battle is yours to fight.
  • Be confident in who God created and called you to be. 

 

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