Grace Church began in 1991 near Indianapolis and has grown into a mega-church of about 6,000 weekly attendees. Their vision for an electric, passionate church has helped allow Grace Church to expand into a second location. On February 9, 2014, Grace Church boldly adopted an egalitarian stance on women in church leadership and people of their congregation and across the globe have been encouraged by their stance. We got in touch with Tim Ayers, the teaching pastor at Grace Church to learn more about the changes that have been made to their church currently and what these changes will mean for Grace Church as they move forward.
LEXI FRIESEN: What were the driving forces behind changing Grace Church’s stance to support women in leadership?
TIM AYERS: About ten years ago...Read more
Here are a few blog posts that caught my attention in the past fortnight.
“Perhaps Feminism is not the Enemy” by Michael Jensen (Bible Society – Australia)
This important article was written by an influential Sydney Anglican minister and college lecturer who states,
“…a Christian point of view has more in common with feminism than not. The profundity of the affirmation that male and female are created in the image of God is extended by the deep equality that male and female can share together in Christ Jesus.”
As an Australian, I am personally and deeply grateful for Michael’s article.
“Count Z and the Egalitarian Revival” by Rob Dixon (Challenging Tertullian)
Don’t let anyone tell you women preachers are a mod...Read more
There has been much written regarding how some people seem more adversely affected by headship teaching than others. It can appear as though a person’s early experiences of life is crucial to how they see themselves in relation to authority figures, especially in the church. Both girls and boys observe how the adults around them behave and form their life experiences long before they have any actual instruction about roles and biblical interpretations which promote patriarchy.
Changing a person’s perception of themselves and others, can be an involved process but an excellent way to strengthen oneself against cultural views is to know what the Bible says about personhood.
Some people have been blessed to have good role models and unbiased instruction as to why we wer...Read more
It was late morning when my friend Drew received a call urging him to rush to the hospital where his 31-year old wife, Pam, and their 10-month old son, Mark, had been taken after a car accident. They'd been struck from behind by a dump truck whil...
Like Mary waiting on Easter morning
regretting a dream she thought was dead
in a world whence God had seemingly fled
leaving her weeping, perplexed, forlorn,
but daring to ask “Where is the Lord?”
and hearing at last the holy word,
Easter brings to the egalitarian mind the fact that women were the first evangelists to proclaim the risen Lord. One of the gospel accounts attesting to this historical fact is Luke 24; verses 9-10 say, “…and returning from the tomb, the...
Have you ever been so discouraged you wondered if God had abandoned you? Have your problems ever mounted so quickly that you questioned God’s faithfulness and power to save you? I imagine Christ’s disciples must have felt that way as they...