After being gone for a week I came back to a full inbox. Several people had sent me one article from Catalyst. Here’s an excerpt:
I believe the church is on the verge of a new crisis: failing to engage the young women in the church.
Today’s modern young woman does not see her place inside the church. Her talents, gifts and God-given calling are walking out of our doors and into the hands of businesses and other non-profits where her gifts are welcomed and celebrated.
Are we as church leaders creating a culture where women feel like their gifts, even those gifts that might stereotypically be thought of as more commonly belonging to men, are welcomed and valued?
My guess is that we want to. We never intended to alienate half of the population, but my fear is that our lack of intentionality is leading to a crisis that could be devastating to those we are called to reach.
Go here for the whole article.
I am convinced that this is starting in our youth ministries. Maybe these are ways we could change it:
- More female adult leadership.
- More females on stage.
- Asking female leadership for insight on how to make programming more girl friendly.
- More paid female youth workers.
- Allowing girl students to drive ideas and programs with their gifts.
What do you think?