Powerful and Free: Confronting the Glass Ceiling for Women in the Church

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Somehow, in the course of my years in the church, I unconsciously came to believe that God wanted me to have authority over the women in my life. The beginning of my marriage to Sheri was tumultuous, mostly because I didn’t know how to relate to a strong woman. It took years of painfully learning how to build a healthy marriage until I understood Sheri’s struggle to find her place in the Church world as a “powerful” woman. In search of answers, I found what seemed like obvious verses in the Bible that reinforced ...
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Somehow, in the course of my years in the church, I unconsciously came to believe that God wanted me to have authority over the women in my life. The beginning of my marriage to Sheri was tumultuous, mostly because I didn’t know how to relate to a strong woman. It took years of painfully learning how to build a healthy marriage until I understood Sheri’s struggle to find her place in the Church world as a “powerful” woman. In search of answers, I found what seemed like obvious verses in the Bible that reinforced my original belief system. However, no one around me actually practiced those verses. Women could talk in church; some women spoke from the front as teachers. None had their heads covered, and most wore jewelry and make-up. Even so, Sheri still felt devalued, as if she had not always been seen for the leadership gifting that was so prominent within her. And, there was still a covert belief in my understanding of these Scriptures that made me feel like I carried a “final answer” trump card when it came to women.

In order for Sheri and me to become a team of powerful people, we had to put aside the male-female hierarchy that we inherited from Church tradition. I needed to tear up my male trump card because it had effectively made me the only powerful person in our relationship. Neither one of us was fully thriving because our relationship was built on distrust and power-plays rather than the “oneness” God calls married couples to.

This book is an explanation as to why this traditional mindset must change. It provides insight on the positive experiences of male and female interactions with “powerful women,” and strategies for how to change what has been passed down for generations on end—not only in church government, but also in our personal relationships.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780988499201
  • Publisher: Red Arrow Media
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 409,899
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny and Sheri Silk serve on the Senior Management Team at Bethel Church in

Redding, California. Danny directs the Global Transformation Institute—a leadership

development team—oversees Bethel’s staff development, and together with Sheri, is the cofounder

Loving On Purpose Educational Services, an international ministry dedicated to

communities and families.

Danny’s life mission is to strengthen inter-personal relationships within the Church

Body. His vision is to build and sustain a culture of honor by challenging traditional paradigms

that subjugate disempowered subcultures such as those who have made mistakes, those held

to a “sinful” past, women, and children. These subjects are discussed from a “heart-focused”

perspective rather than a theologically-based study in his previous two books: Loving our

Kids on Purpose, 2008 (Amazon rank 8,201 in books on 10/26/12), and Culture of Honor,

2009 (Amazon rank 7,968 in books on 10/26/12), and explored further in Powerful and Free:

Confronting the Glass Ceiling for Women in the Church, which will be released by Red Arrow

in December, 2012.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I bought this book when I was at Bethel recently and thought 'gr

    I bought this book when I was at Bethel recently and thought 'great, this will affirm me' as I am very pro women in leadership in The Church. Little did I know that I have been complicit to upholding the patriarchal paradigm in the way I do life and how I view my calling. This book has been, and is, the most important book I have ever read. I bought it to enable me to release women into their destinies and I am finding that it's releasing me into mine. I can't recommend it highly enough, it's one of those books that I am going to buy for people, lot's of people, as this message of liberation needs to be heard.

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