Gender Roles in Church: Some Reflections

My wife, Aleisha, and I live in Phoenix, AZ and have just started attending a church a few blocks from our house. We’re beginning the work of making friends, getting connected, finding a place. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on the tradition and church I was raised in. Many of my dearest friends I met there – much of who I am was developed there. Still, it’s really complicated. If church is the family of God, and if that community is where we figure out who we are and who we should be, then it really matters what we’re telling each other. I’ve put a great deal of time, reflection, and work into this piece. This subject is deeply personal – and important I believe. As such, I’m not looking to disperse this to everyone or to get a ton of clicks.

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In Christ,


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Some Resources I’ve Found Helpful

Gender Roles and the People of God” (book) – Alice Matthews

The Things We Do To Women” (podcast episode) – Christianity Today

Me Tarzan, Son of Menno – You Jane, Mennonite Mama” – Katie Funk Wiebe (article)

Published by javenbear

Javen Bear is 23 years old and lives with his beautiful wife Aleisha in Phoenix, Arizona. He recently graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a degree in communication and biblical studies - and now works as an admissions counselor at Grand Canyon University. Javen’s super-power, if he had one, would be the ability to press pause on the world and catch up on reading. He enjoys fly-fishing, going to the theatre, and always uses Oxford commas.

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