After months of encouragement and ribbing, guess who’s finally blogging? Leah Klug – one of our pastors at Quest Church has begun writing at her blog: A Place at the Table. Particularly with the conversation about women in leadership – or rather, a lack of – I want to encourage you to check out her blog.
Leah ain’t perfect. She has her warts and probably farts a storm. But she loves Christ, loves the church, loves her husband, and loves to participate in the mission of God. As I look back at the past couple years since she came on staff, I’ve probably been the most tough on her. I never gave her a free pass because of her age or gender but instead, was that much more firm in order to toughen her up for the “uphill journey” ahead.
Hearing more from her and our other female pastors/elders, I have a deeper understanding of this “uphill journey” I shared about last week. Even couple weeks ago when Leah preached a great sermon, another dude walked out. Oh well. Check out her blog:
I have had the remarkable opportunity to feel honored and valued as a partner in ministry. Eugene has been great to work with, has supported my call to seminary and ministry, and has welcomed me as part of the Quest staff (with a pretty equal ratio of men and women). I haven’t been coddled or treated differently, the ride has been tough in many ways, but we’ve all been a team. As I finish my work at seminary, and find myself increasingly connected with other women who feel called into full time pastoral ministry, I am grateful and excited to share how my denomination treats the ‘women in ministry’ question theologically. It’s a justice issue, an issue of whether we truly affirm the priesthood of all believers and the radical call to equality and inclusiveness in Galatians 3:28. Really, instead of being about men and women, it’s about God’s calling, the Holy Spirit’s gifting in the lives of people, and about how the Cross changes everything. At times, I get so tired of fighting this battle again and again, and wind up responding to yet another discussion, part of another focus group or panel that wants to talk with, or about, women in ministry.