Women in Ministry – Free Online References

Women in Ministry – Free Online References

Women in Ministry – Free Online References 150 150 Andrew Hicks


Community Without Barriers – Community Without Barriers is an extension of the Manhattan Church of Christ and the work of Dr. Thomas Robinson and Dr. Amy Bost Heneger. Community Without Barriers has the stated goal of showing that “the scriptures never intended to silence or disempower women in general in any aspect of the church’s work, public or private.” There are downloaded resources including sermons, study guides detailing the arguments for female inclusion in the church. There is also a Spanish translation of the Community Without Barriers Study Guide.

Where the Spirit Leads – This site has a directory of gender inclusive and egalitarian churches of Christ in the United States and Canada. Some of the information in the directory is outdated, but the list is still generally helpful in discovering gender inclusive and egalitarian churches of Christ. There is also an article titled “Focusing on the Questions” by Wiley Clarkson which presents a brief case for inclusion of women in church leadership on the basis of Galatians 3:26-29. [I am proud to report that the Church I serve – Bastrop Church of Christ – is on this list and noted as one that allows women preachers in our pulpit!] 

Women in Ministry – A small website seeking to lend support to women in ministry serving in Churches of Christ. The site has several state goals as part of their mission:

  1. to encourage each other through conferences, gatherings, and online communities
  2. To provide support as sojourners on this common road
  3. To connect women who are geographically isolated from other women in
  4. To walk alongside each other on our spiritual journeys
  5. To provide and share resources relevant to our community

Christians for Biblical Equality International (CBE) – This site contains a multitude of resources including articles, blogs, book reviews and more. There is also an academic journal connected with CBE called the Priscilla Papers.

Center for Women in Leadership – From their website: “CWL at Northern Seminary provides a variety of opportunities to engage in conversation and creative problem solving around challenges and obstacles to women in leadership. We are committed to elevating ethnic and global voices and partnering with men.”

Marginalia with Beth Allison Barr – The blog spot of Beth Allison Barr who wrote an excellent book on how biblical manhood and womanhood has been made up.

Du Mez CONNECTIONS – The blog spot of Kristin Du Mez, the author of Jesus and John Wayne.


Church of Christ Specific

  • This article consists of an interview conducted with the Minter Lane Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas who appointed two females elders on December 8, 2019.
  • This article was published on March 26, 2019 and consists of a list of 10 Churches of Christ from across the nation that were then transitioning to inclusion of women in leadership in some fashion at their church. The list provides links to the Church’s websites with resources explaining their study of this issue.
  • This article is a follow-up to an article that listed churches of Christ that transitioned to more open roles for Women in the assembly. This article articulates the problems and arguments that are involved in appointing women as elders in the churches of Christ.
  • An article presenting 20 different passages from scripture that include women speaking or having authority over a man in the assembly and elsewhere.
  • This article discusses the results of a 2018 long-term study showing the negative effects traditional church of Christ theology has had on women.
  • This is a link to many articles concerning gender and church leadership by Richard Beck on his excellent blog “Experimental Theology.”
  • This is a link to a landing page about Steve Gardner’s Doctor of Ministry project at Lipscomb University titled “Churches of Christ Ending Prohibitions Against Females Speaking and Leading: Case Studies and Observations on Steps for Success.”

Non-Church of Christ Specific

  • This is an article by Ben Witherington III about why arguments against women in ministry aren’t biblical.
  • This is a blog post containing a paper presented by the world’s foremost New Testament scholar N. T. Wright called, “Women’s Service in the Church: The Biblical Basis.”
  • This is an article by renowned New Testament scholar Craig Keener on women in ministry.
  • This is a pamphlet article produced by Todd D. Still at Baylor University to lay out a concise case for women in ministry.


A podcast series called PreacHer. This podcast exalts female voices in the act and art of preaching. The reasoning behind this offering of female preaching is that churches are shrinking because of their harmful theology against women.

Magnifications – Online Jounral of Biblical reflections written by women in the Ston-Campbell movement.


Beth Allison Barr, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth. 

Michael F. Bird, Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A Case for Gender Equality in Ministry.

Aimee Byrd, Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose.

Jaime Clarck-Soles, Women in the Bible, Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in Church

John Dickson, Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons.

Eldon J. Epp, Junia: The First Woman Apostle. 

Nijay K. Gupta, Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church.

John Mark Hicks, Searching for the Pattern: My Journey in Interpreting the Bible.

____________, Women Serving God: My Journey in Understanding Their Story in the Bible.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Dorothy Lee, The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership.

Scot McKnight, Junia Is Not Alone.

Philip B. Payne, The Bible Vs. Biblical Womanhood: How God’s Word Consistently Affirms Gender Equality.

___________, Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters.

John G. Stackhouse Jr., Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism. 

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