Yesterday I wrote a facebook status about how difficult it has been for me to find a church job (outside of children’s ministry) as a woman in ministry.
Although I would take a job in a church if it was the right fit, the status was more to raise awareness of a big problem in the Church.
After that status, I had a dozen women comment and send me private messages who have had similar stories and only one woman who has had a positive and successful ministry career. I even had one woman who wrote me from Europe to tell me things are not much better for women in ministry there.
I am no longer just worried about myself getting a job. When I left my children’s pastor position over a year ago, God told me to start my own ministry and so I did. I have never been in ministry for the paycheck, but I know how it feels to look at all the male ministers around you who are less qualified than you and making a decent living.
The truth is that the more I speak out about this problem, the less likely churches will want to hire me. I settled that in my heart before I started advocating. My passion for gender equality in the Church has become greater than my desire to have a traditional church job so I am no longer actively looking for a church job.
My mission is about justice and freedom for ALL of God’s daughters. It is not just women in ministry that are getting the short end of the stick, it is women sitting in the pews too. I do believe in fighting for justice and equality and the Bible clearly says that we are ALL equal in Jesus Christ no matter our gender, race, and so on (Gal. 3:28).
The truth is that this is not my mission, this is God’s mission, and He for some reason chose me to lead this mission. My efforts will be far from perfect and I will make many mistakes, but God’s favor has been on this ministry and that is because God is tired of His daughters being treated unfairly even more than I am tired of it.
It has been one year since I started ?#?BreakingTheGlassSteeple? at jorymicah.com and the ministry has grown favorably with hundreds of supporters. The Lord has laid it on my heart to add another facet to this ministry, which I hope will help financially support the ministry I began. I will announce it soon!
I am very excited and blessed to be doing exactly what I was born to do and I don’t need a church job to do it. Ladies & gents, if we are willing to fight for justice & gender equality in the right way, things will change for the next generation. It will be a slow shift, but things will change! The way we fight is to stand on God’s Word, refuse to be silenced, and refuse to be moved – all in love.
God is doing a new thing. He is pouring out His spirit on His sons and HIS DAUGHTERS (Act 2:17). Thank you for being “freedom fighters” alongside of me!