Mixed Ministry: Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed Society

Overview

Men and women working together can be a powerful ministry partnership, but it can also raise a lot of prickly questions:

• How does one relate to the opposite sex in a working environment?
• The New Testament treats Christian men and women as sacred siblings. Is that relationship a reality in our ministry?
• What are the appropriate bridges and boundaries?
• How can we learn to be “safe” in our dress, actions, and communication?
• How do sacred siblings interact in personal ...

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Overview

Men and women working together can be a powerful ministry partnership, but it can also raise a lot of prickly questions:

• How does one relate to the opposite sex in a working environment?
• The New Testament treats Christian men and women as sacred siblings. Is that relationship a reality in our ministry?
• What are the appropriate bridges and boundaries?
• How can we learn to be “safe” in our dress, actions, and communication?
• How do sacred siblings interact in personal conversations, staff meetings, and professional outings?

In Mixed Ministry, the male and female authors explore these common and thorny issues in depth. Using biblical examples; personal interviews with ministry leaders; and practical advice on topics such as modesty, boundaries, communication, and interaction as siblings; the authors outline how staff and lay leaders can develop healthy working partnerships in their ministries. When men and women see each other with “new eyes” as brothers and sisters in Christ, ministry can thrive.

As the church moves forward spreading the love of Christ, it must do so in an atmosphere of partnership and celebration. Because men and women are created in God’s image, we must find a way to work together to build His kingdom. Mixed Ministry shows us the way!

Dr. Cynthia Fantasia
Pastor of Women
Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA

Dr. Sue Edwards (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) teaches full-time in the Christian Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition, Sue speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars across the country. She is the coauthor of Women’s Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women, and the author of the new Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series.

Kelley Mathews (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is a freelance writer and editor. A former women’s ministry leader, she is the coauthor of Women’s Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women. She lives with her husband, John, and their three children in Texas.

Henry J. Rogers is the corporate chaplain for Interstate Batteries in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of The Silent War: Ministering to Those Trapped in the Deception of Pornography and coauthor with Heather Jamison of the teen books Keeping It Real and Real Stuff.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825425240
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Edwards (MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) teaches full-time in the Christian Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching, pastoring, and directing women's ministries. In addition, Sue speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars across the country, and is author of the Discover Together Bible Study Series.

Kelley Mathews (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is a freelance writer and editor. A former women's ministry leader, she is the coauthor of Women's Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women. She lives with her husband, John, and her three children Texas.

Henry J. Rogers is the corporate chaplain for Interstate Batteries in Dallas, Texas. He serves on the President's Council for Dallas Theological Seminary and on the boards for World Impact-Dallas, Children's Hope Chest, and as chairman of the board for Probe Ministries. He is the author of The Silent War: Ministering to Those Trapped in the Deception of Pornography and coauthor with Heather Jamison of the teen books Keeping It Real and Real Stuff.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     13
Contributors     15
Seeing One Another as Siblings
New Eyes     21
Not Segregation but Transformation     33
Paul-a Brother?     48
It's a Family Thing     63
Creating a Family Ethos for Brothers and Sisters     76
Brothers and Sisters: The Same, Only Different     94
For Sisters' Eyes Only     112
For Brothers' Eyes Only     133
Safeguards for Siblings
The Elephant in the Family Room     149
New Lighting in the Church     156
Jesus and Wild Women     161
Color-Coded Attractions     174
Wise Boundaries and Fences     188
Modesty: Exalting the New Taboo     202
Pornography     212
Safeguards for Spouses     221
Epilogue: New Beginnings for Sacred Siblings     231
Notes     239
Scripture Index     253
Subject Index     257
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