There is an essential need for gender equality within our church's leadership structure.
You might think we've already made great strides. After all, women have been permitted for some time to serve as lay leaders, pastors and even bishops within the ELCA. However, admitting women into these roles doesn't guarantee their acceptance as leaders of the church. Nor does it provide a clear picture of the role "women's ministry" should play in the life and health of the church.
Women have traditionally performed a support role within congregations. We are the ones who work in the kitchen, manage the altar guild, administer the Sunday school curriculum. Women have accepted these tasks as vital to the church. But these are also positions subordinate to higher levels of authority within the church.
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