Growing up in church, I would sit in the pew Sunday after Sunday and see a steady rotation of the men of the church preaching, teaching, serving and leading. When I did see women in charge, I was over in the children’s wing, in Sunday School, or in the Nursery.
Or, they would serve the food. The women always made and served the pot luck’s.
This was not strange. It was just the way it was. I never asked my parents or grandparents about it – as it just seemed to be how things were done – they didn’t question it, and so neither did I.
Amazing how easily tradition is passed along and how it can so quickly become conviction and belief.
But this does not make tradition right. This does not always mean we are operating from True belief. Sometimes, tradition needs to be challenged, broken, or killed. Sometimes belief needs to be turned, changed, or renewed.
The Church is at such a crossroads of urgency in this age regarding the empowerment of It’s Sisters.
Felicity Dale has assembled a distinguished chorus of voices – male and female – and co-authored a new book entitled The Black Swan Effect – A response to gender hierarchy in the Church – which to me, is a beautiful testimony of the eternal value of God’s precious Daughters – and an impassioned prophetic call for their release into the Kingdom work.
It wasn’t until after becoming a Daddy to two girls myself – and having new eyes to see the state of the Body of our Lord while learning to follow Him outside of the religious system – that I began to receive His heart for His Sisters in His Kingdom.
Today, I dream with the Lord and pray for the day where Sons and Daughters minister to Him in equality.
It is clear that I am not alone, and this new book is evidence to a growing response to a great move of God in His people. The Daughters are being called into Father’s eternal heart for them in His mission; and released from centuries of wrong belief, disempowerment and discrimination – into the Harvest work at hand.
This is so overdue, and so good.
Jesus, in the Gospels, gives an analogy of workers gathering the harvest. He says that “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”
In a culture that has relegated it’s Ladies to anything but a “worker,” there is little doubt that the most effective way to move beyond “few” workers, is to empower and release over half of the population of Jesus followers into a calling that is already, and always has been theirs – co-laborers, workers in the Harvest work of the Lord of that Harvest.
The Black Swan Effect is a beautiful vision into this eternal reality. The authors (both male and female) inspire men and women both to labor together, following the Lord as a fully equipped Priesthood of all believers – painting a picture of what the Kingdom of God looks like when all of It’s citizens are partnering together in full equality.
- If you have come to the conclusion that there is no better way to increase the size of God’s missions workforce than to fully deploy women to use their spiritual gifts and God-given capacities – then this book is for you.
- If you are asking theological questions, investigating how the Bible portrays women, especially women leaders – such as: How did Jesus treat women? Were the New Testament writers—in particular, the apostle Paul—misogynists? Are there alternative interpretations for some of the really difficult passages of Scripture? – then this book is for you.
- If you are drawn to this discussion because of issues related to justice and human dignity around the world as well as in the church. If, as you study Scripture, you are assured that God creates all men and women in His image, and you can’t even imagine a God who would discriminate against women – then this book is for you.
- If you have daughters, grand-daughters, Sisters in the Lord – and you dream of a different reality, God’s reality for them in His Church – then this book is for you.
- If you are a Daughter of the King – and you sense that He has more for you than you have tasted and seen – then this book is for you.
The term “black swan” was coined to describe something that does in fact exist, but that was previously thought to have not been possible to exist. The Church for too long has thought it not right, or biblical, or God-honoring, or possible for women to minister to the Lord in His Kingdom in full equality.
But God is up to something.
A tipping point is seemingly being reached–when enough people change both their thinking and their practice. Currently there is a groundswell of interest in the role of women in the Kingdom. Theologians are studying it, authors are writing books, conferences have been convened. What is going on?
Could it be that this black swan is being discovered? Could it be that the Church, male and female, is having It’s eyes opened to the eternal heart of God for equality amongst His Sons and Daughters? Could it be that the Sisters in Christ are being empowered and released into co-laboring for the Kingdom? Could it be possible we will see this change of mind and belief in our time?
I pray it is.
Let His Kingdom come. Amen.
I wholeheartedly endorse The Black Swan Effect, and it’s message. Please go buy it here.