I want to address a topic that has been on my heart over the years. It is being discussed in a course I am taking. The topic is the discrimination of women in leadership in the church.
I have in many ways been affirmed in church life. I am ordained, have been for well over a decade, and have served in church settings for some 18 years now. I have held the pulpit, performed weddings, funerals and baptisms and have been a youth, full-time assistant and marriage and family pastor. I have also worked as an evangelist, president and founder of a ministry and conducted family life education and psycho-education cross-denominationally.
I held the office of the first female district youth director for the denomination I was with — the first in our nation. So I have in many ways been avowed as a female pastor. But I have also suffered discrimination in the form of not being paid what less experienced men are paid, discriminated against for being female, and treated differently because I was found attractive by male colleagues and the like.