Women Staying True to Their Calling
It seems more women than ever in our history are accepting the call into ministry. According to information provided in the Spring 2014 issue of Enrichment Journal, “From 2011-2012, The Assemblies of God had a net growth of 384 ministers in the U.S. Of these, 294 or 77 percent were females, 112 or 38 percent were ordained; 125 or 43 percent were licensed; and 57 or 19 percent were certified.” Whether married or single, women with a call into ministry face challenges that are, needless to say, gender specific. How do you, faced with certain obstacles, stay true to your calling? I'm sharing this article from pastor’s wife and professional counselor, Gabriele Rienas, that just might help us answer that question.
My Pastoral Calling is Fulfilling, Yet Challenging...Rienas, Gabriele (2014) "My Pastoral Calling is Fulfilling, Yet Challenging." Enrichment Journal Spring 2014. Online.
Q: I am a woman who is a pastor. I hold a full-time staff position at a church. I feel strongly called to this ministry, and I love what I do. My husband and family are supportive, but I have few role models to follow as examples of what this should look like. Sometimes I feel alone, especially when struggles arise surrounding ministry. Both men and women in our church are generally supportive and affirming of my contribution. There are moments, however, when I become aware that they have not walked in my shoes and cannot relate to my experience.
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4/5/2014 12:43:15 pm
I had one woman pastor tell me she had to just not take it personally. When a gentleman would get up and walk out of service as soon as he found out she was preaching, she had to see it for what it was...he didn't believe women should be behind the pulpit. It wasn't that he disapproved of her as a person, but the position she was taking. I thought, "Wow! What extra-thick skin she must develop!" And, how much extra grace God was bestowing on her!
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