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

  1. Men's Church/Women's Church

    articles Men's Church/Women's Church

    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…

  2. Hearing in Other Voices

    articles Hearing in Other Voices

    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 …

  3. Separating Genders in Youth Activities

    articles Separating Genders in Youth Activities

    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…

  4. Women's Worship

    articles Women's Worship

    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…

  5. Blessed Alliance: Marriage and the Proverbs 31 Couple

    articles Blessed Alliance: Marriage and the Proverbs 31 Couple

    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…

  6. Scouting Makes Boys into Christian Men

    articles Scouting Makes Boys into Christian Men

    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…

  7. Sometimes Men Cry (and Sometimes Women Don’t)

    articles Sometimes Men Cry (and Sometimes Women Don’t)

    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…

  8. Taking the “Man” out of Gethsemane

    articles Taking the “Man” out of Gethsemane

    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…

  9. Women Organizing for Mission

    articles Women Organizing for Mission

    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…

  10. Starting a Men's Ministry

    articles Starting a Men's Ministry

    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…

  11. Re-Entry

    articles Re-Entry

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