I'm preparing to teach at a men's conference in California the first weekend in February. It's sponsored by a particular OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) presbytery that has churches around the Sacramento area. The organizers have asked me to speak on the general topic of women in the church, particularly how to encourage them to use their spiritual gifts at home and in the church.Susan Hunt is a pastor's wife in my denomination (PCA) who is exceptionally wise. We've had her speak at one of our women's conferences recently and found her to be a tremendous blessing. Her comments in "Women's Ministry in the Local Church" co-authored with Pastor Ligon Duncan are very wise and helpful. It celebrates the complimentary design God has given to men and women (opposed to the unbiblical concept of christian 'egalitarianism' which teaches the roles of men and women are undifferentiated). One Susan Hunt tidbit I'll share, while simultaneously recommending this book, is this:
"Our response to faithful biblical proclamation about God's design for male and female role relationships, and to the recognition of differences between men and women and how they work out in God's order for the home and church, should be 'Vive le difference!' It's wonderful! This is not something to apologize for, nor something to be ashamed of in our postmodern culture, but rather this is the way God made us to be and live, and it's better than any other way. It is good. But it is so radically countercultural that it needs to be inculcated, specifically and explicitly, to men and women in the local church."