The obedience of women called to ministry leadership is cannot be compromised. The voice of men championing women in ministry leadership is extremely vital for the health and future of the Church.
A few hours ago, I’ve had one of the most difficult conversations with a church family and heard the most dreaded saying of all times for pastors: “We are leaving church…”
Have you ever come home after a long-good day of ministry just to find a pile of laundry or dirty dishes (some days both) waiting for you? What an instant and humbling reminder that I wear other "important hats" other than being a pastor! The moment I walk into my messy home, I realize that I am not all that put together as I portray myself to be after all. But hey, that's life, and those dishes and dirty clothes can wait for my sanity and PEACE at home.
As a female pastor, sitting at a table in a room full of men can be intimidating and isolating. You may feel outnumbered, dismissed, or even attacked. Thankfully, that is not the case for me. When I sit around a leadership table as the only female leader, it actually excites me to know that I GET TO bring a new perspective using my "unique" backgrounds.
In 2003, before I knew God personally or understood His Word, I heard a soft yet clear voice saying, "You will be a pastor on your own right one day." I was confused. For one, that was the first time I ever heard from God. Two, I had never heard of or seen a female pastor. Three, I had recently become a pastor's wife by default of marrying one so I was clueless about ministry. And finally, I had other dreams of my own and being a pastor didn't even make the list... until that moment.