Power and Gender: Bibliography

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” ~ Augustine of Hippo

Navigating Gender in the Church: I gave this 40-min presentation at Embrace All Conference, Sept 28, 2018.

I have also found the following books and videos helpful in sorting through issues of power, particularly power in the church and the way it intersects with gender. I hope you do, too!

Christena Cleveland on Humility (part 2)

The Danger of Civility - Christena Cleveland

And here is a series of her articles on good listening

For male leaders, you can read "9 Ridiculously Practical Ways for Male Leaders to Empower Female Leaders in the Church" by J.R. Briggs

The following 4 images are linked to your local libraries:

The Billy Graham Rule (aka the Mike Pence Rule) has gotten a lot of attention lately. Here are some posts I find particularly insightful:

"10 reasons why Mike Pence's 'Billy Graham Rule' harms us" by Natalie Collins

"The Mickey Mouse Syndrome: Avoiding the Temptation or the Appearance of Evil" by Jill Richardson

Empowering Women Leaders by John Ortberg

Also very relevant:

"i am not a sex-fueled robot" by Micah J. Murray

Tools and techniques:


"Stand up, Speak up, Look up" by Dr Neichelle R Guidry (The sermon starts at 1:17:30)

Of course, it is imperative to be educated on abuse. Here is a list of recommended books, but I also want to draw attention to "God's Protection of Women," a brief resource that adds abuse to adultery and abandonment as reasons for divorce that the Bible supports.

See also 

Violence against women—it's a men's issue: Jackson Katz

John Ortberg, in his interview by Tony Morgan, (Empowering Women Leaders) mentions three tests to use in cross-gender relationships:

The Secrecy Test: Never have a secret with a colleague that you haven't or wouldn't tell your spouse.

The Sibling Test: Never engage in an activity with a colleague that you wouldn't engage in with your sister.

The Screen Test: Never participate in a conversation with a colleage that you would be embarassed to have shown (perhaps with the volume off) on a large screen before the congregation.

Note that Tony Morgan engages in microaggression when he asks John if he has ever won any other arguments with his wife.