Stovall co-writes new women’s ministry resource

Terri Stovall, dean of women’s programs at Southwestern Seminary, and Jaye Martin, director of women’s programs at Southern Seminary, eloquently defend their beliefs and lay a biblical foundation for the basics of women’s ministry in Women Leading Women: The Biblical Model for the Church.

As early as 2007, Stovall and Martin empathized with one another about the difficulty of finding resources appropriate to use for graduate-level courses in women’s ministry. They agreed there are plenty of resources available about women’s ministry, but most skip developing a biblical foundation.

This conversation spurred the birth of their collaborative Broadman and Holman publication that hit bookshelves on January 15, 2009. In addition to discussion questions at the end of each chapter, the book is equipped for academic settings with a Web site, including teaching outlines and prepared PowerPoint presentations.

This textbook also serves as a resource for the local church, regardless of size or culture. Rather than a how-to guide, Stovall describes the book as an explanation of why women’s ministry works best under the authority of a local church and pastor.  Not only is it written with women’s ministry leaders in mind but also for “pastors who are responsible for holding women’s ministry leaders accountable to biblical precepts. “

Stovall writes in the introduction, “We do not live in days when we can fake it. The world will challenge us at every corner, and we are to be ready to stand firm on truth.” This book serves as a guide to build women’s ministries on the solid foundation of God’s unique design for His daughters.

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