I've thought about this before, had discussions with other women and haven't ever arrived at any resolution. Where does a strong woman without huge domestic inclinations contribute to the church body with which she's affiliated? By domestic inclinations I mean the usual places women can acceptably volunteer in a church.
I can't sing, I don't play the piano, I'm not a very good teacher, nursery duty is okay but I don't love it, I freeze up when I have to prepare meals for others (What do they like? Will they like my cooking? All those insecurities rise up to the surface.), organizing potlucks? Ugh.
Since becoming a Christian, I've attended fairly traditional, very traditional and the occasional less-than-traditional church and find I am most comfortable in fairly and very traditional churches, but this is where the gender divide seems most obvious.
Do I want to be involved in church leadership? Let me put this another way. Do I want to stand in front of a firing squad? You understand what I mean here, I think. I am a coward.
Isn't there a middle-ground place for women like me? Since leaving our previous church last summer, my husband and I have visited and enjoyed attending many different churches. It has been an interesting experience. As we continue to narrow down the choices, I'm looking at where I might contribute and feel a little dissatisfied by the choices.
God made me the way I am. I am strong-minded, I am opinionated, I am compassionate, I don't suffer fools gladly, I want to help, I want to make a difference, I want to be a blessing to my community, I don't want to be in the limelight and I hate attending meetings :)
This is a blog post with no conclusion because I am still in the midst of exploring where a strong woman, who desires to serve, fits in the church. I really want to hear what all of you think about this. If you attend a church, how do you serve?
One last thought, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (I Cor.10:31)
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