Our conference has been getting a lot of media attention for a video shown at Annual Conference this past month that showed our male clergy reading sexist comments that had been made to our female clergy. It calls to attention the need for more education within our church about biblical gender equality that is supported in our Book of Discipline and Social Principles.
The Media Center offers DVD studies, book studies, and additional readings for small groups and all members of our churches, both men and women, to study together.
Is Gender Equality a Biblical Ideal? by Christians for Biblical Equality
This series provides a comprehensive overview on the Bible’s teaching of shared leadership between men and women.
Women in the New Testament: A Middle Eastern Cultural View by Kenneth E. Bailey
Dr. Bailey discusses and reflects on the various strands of the New Testament that affirm women in leadership in the New Testament.
She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry by Karoline M. Lewis
Lewis reveals the underpinnings of sexism and examines issues of identity, authority, sexuality, authenticity, embodiment, boundaries and self-care while guiding the reader to develop a personal theology of leadership.
Women Speak of God by Amy Oden
This course introduces us to six women who struggled with issues of identity, character, and calling, and who were able to attest to God’s living presence amidst their struggles.
What the Bible Really Says About Women by Sheri Adams
Adams deals with the Bible’s development and need for interpretation, its history and culture, its theology and ethics, and the concerns of the God who inspired it. Includes study questions.
Good News About Gender: A Bible Study for Young Adults by Hannah Rasmussen
What if those tricky scriptures about women actually held a message of freedom? This guide provides video clips, activities, and discussion questions.
This study guide covers a wide range of topics including basic principles of interpretation, the major Scripture passages that touch on women’s place, and what men can do to prevent violence against women and children.
Women Called to Ministry: A Six-Session Study for The United Methodist Church by Delia Halverson, Kabamba Kiboko, Laceye Warner, and M. Lynn Scott
Why are women ordained? Why are they included in all areas of leadership? How did we arrive at those understandings? This study can be downloaded for free online in multiple languages.
Women Bishops of The United Methodist Church: Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit by Sharon Zimmerman Rader and Margaret Ann Crain
These stories reveal what enabled these women to persevere, claim authority, define leadership in their own ways, and rise to the episcopacy.
Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection edited by Ella Pearson Mitchell and Valerie Bridgeman Davis
This treasure trove includes the unfettered, creative exchange of sacred rhetoric by God’s women from every tribe, nation, and language group.
Equal to Serve: Women and Men Working Together Revealing the Gospel by Gretchen Gaebelein Hull
Examines Old and New Testament passages about women in the church, home and society, and the attitudes and actions God expects of Christians.
She Offered Them Christ: The Legacy of Women Preachers in Early Methodism by Paul W. Chilcote
This book serves as a link between today’s women in The United Methodist Church and their predecessors in the early history of The Methodist Church.
The following pathfinders list additional resources related to women.
- Women’s Ministry Video Resources – includes dramatizations of the lives of biblical women, documentaries on women’s history, and studies for women’s groups.
- Women’s Ministry Book Resources – includes women’s history in the church, encouragement for women, and studies on biblical women.
- Violence Against Women – includes toolkits, books for pastoral care, and films and studies for men, church leaders, and youth.
Request These Resources
These resources can be borrowed for free by anyone involved with a United Methodist church in the North Carolina Conference. We can even mail them to you! All you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form.