Women in Christian Ministry tend to have one stereotype personality for women in Christian Ministry. This woman tends to be very quite, patient, sweet, soft spoken, wise, and always has a kind sweet gentle spirit. Don’t get me wrong; I love these women. One of the first and best friends I made since moving here to San Antonio has been a woman just like this! Her sweet and loving and gentle personality are just a few of the reasons I grew to be friends with this woman! She’s amazing! But I don’t think she is meant for ministry simply because of her personality. She was called by God and has a heart for those around her and is passionate about her faith and about growing her relationship with God and sharing his love with others. That is why she is “fit” for ministry.
I know as I’ve grown up and even as an adult now I have seen so many different types of men in ministry. Loud ones, quite ones, introverts, extroverts, scholars, fiery new Christians, solemn men, cheerful men, even many a comedic man! But when it comes to women I have only seen the sweet, meek, gentle, quiet, wise woman. Like I said; I love these woman. But I truly believe that this lack of representation of other women is hurting the Church as a whole. I grew up thinking that the good Christian woman was supposed to fit this mold. I struggled so hard and I still sometimes struggle with this. Because I have felt called to Student Ministry for years. I am passionate about the future generation of believers. This feeling of calling has been supported in my life by various Church leaders and youth leaders alike. But I am a loud, blunt, outgoing, woman. I don’t fit that mold at all. It can feel so disheartening.
The thing I have to remember is that God designed me as the woman I am and he called me to Ministry as the woman I am. I don’t have to fit some imaginary mold. Here are a few verses that I LOVE that touch on this a bit.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;” Romans 12:6 (NIV)
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 (KJV)
I love these verses because they talk about how God has gifted people differently. Also how the body of Christ needs different parts to work! Including different women! Different women with different gifts as well as different men with their different gifts! I love it! It makes my heart so happy! As a woman following Gods call on your life you don’t have to fit a mold. Just follow Gods calling and be the woman who he wants you to be!
Have you ever had these feelings as a Christian woman? How did you deal with them or how are you dealing with them?