Men's Church/Women's Church (Aug/Sept/Oct 2011)

The genders are a distinct part of our identity as God’s image-bearers, and yet are in some ways irrelevant as we all seek to serve Christ according to our individual mix of gifts and graces. In the life of the church, there are times when our unity and equality need to be emphasized. At other times, we need to focus on the unique needs of women and men, girls and boys, offering opportunities for people to build relationships, express themselves, and grow as disciples with others who share their gender. This issue explores these and other aspects of men’s and women’s experiences in the church.

In This Issue

Men's Church/Women's Church

Men's Church/Women's Church

By
Jessica Miller Kelley
As men and women in the church, we live in the tension between Genesis 1:27 and Galatians 3:28. We were created “in the image of God . . . male and female” but at the…
Hearing in Other Voices

Hearing in Other Voices

By
Whitney E. Walton
It was the last Sunday in Advent and I was making my way through the happy jostle of people lining up for the post-Christmas Cantata potluck at my church. I had my sights set on a …
Separating Genders in Youth Activities

Separating Genders in Youth Activities

By
Joseph Yoo
I didn’t mean for it to happen.  To be honest, I don’t even remember what I exactly I said, only that it was pretty funny, and had I said it to a male youth, he…
Women's Worship

Women's Worship

By
Felicia Hopkins
In 2003, I was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Trauma Chaplain in the Army. While I worked daily receiving and counseling wounded warriors from Iraq, Africa, and…
Blessed Alliance: Marriage and the Proverbs 31 Couple

Blessed Alliance: Marriage and the Proverbs 31 Couple

By
Carolyn Custis James
For the six months leading up to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) the topic generating the most speculation and putting…
Scouting Makes Boys into Christian Men

Scouting Makes Boys into Christian Men

By
Larry W. Coppock
Some churches think of Scout troops and Cub packs as annoying groups that simply use the church as a meeting space. On the contrary, the presence of hundreds of unchurched youth…
Sometimes Men Cry (and Sometimes Women Don’t)

Sometimes Men Cry (and Sometimes Women Don’t)

By
Sean Drummond
As one of the on-call chaplains at an urban pediatric hospital, I was most frequently awakened by the sound of my pager in the very wee hours of the morning. Most of the time…
Taking the “Man” out of Gethsemane

Taking the “Man” out of Gethsemane

By
Richard L. M. Brodesky
American manhood is in crisis. Women, our greatest observers, are now defining and decrying a new period in our development called pre-adulthood in which young men from college…
Women Organizing for Mission

Women Organizing for Mission

By
Andris Y. Salter
Six women in Boston came together in 1869 with just a few pennies to organize for mission. When the women saw the dire need of women in other countries, they saved their money to…
Starting a Men's Ministry

Starting a Men's Ministry

By
John Schroeder
Where to begin? That's the question as you consider the many aspects of starting and sustaining a men’s ministry. Accomplishment begins with planning and establishing…
Re-Entry

Re-Entry

By
Brian Erickson
June 2009   “Does your wife play the organ?” “Excuse me?” Surely I misunderstood her. “Does your wife play the organ?” I did hear her …