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Special Announcement

Elders' Announcement  Aug 18, 2019  |Resources At Bottom

 “On several occasions in the past the leadership at South has studied the participation of women in activities of the church and we are now completing another in-depth study on this issue.  It is our desire to share with each of you what we have studied and learned in this process of prayerful reading and discussion.  From the start, our goal and desire has been to be faithful followers of God’s word and to reflect the heart of the Father.  In the foyer is a packet of resource materials we have prepared, listing links to many of the sources and references we utilized in our study. 

In addition, a weekend seminar will be held September 20-22, conducted by Ken Cukrowski, comparing the various positions within our Christian community with regard to women's activities in the church.  Ken is Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University.  Following the seminar we will begin a 7-week lesson series covering this topic during Sunday morning class time, led by various men in our congregation. 

We earnestly ask you to read and listen to the resource materials in preparation for the upcoming seminar and lesson series.  As you review the materials the elders will be happy to discuss this topic with you, and to share with you our thoughts, our convictions and our desire to continue living into the vision God has set before us – not as overlords but as fellow travelers on this journey together – to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

We know this is a sensitive subject for some and we encourage everyone to participate with the same noble attitude and intent the Bereans had in Acts when hearing the gospel for the first time.  They listened with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  Our goal was to undertake our elder study in this manner.  Healthy churches – just like families – must be able to consider sensitive topics with loving attitudes to each individual.  We look forward to this time of sharing and study together.” 

I encourage us all to embrace Paul’s words, written from prison to the church at Ephesus:

 Closing Scripture  --   Ephesians 4:1-6

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.



Please interact with these resources, prayerfully asking God to reveal His will from His Word. If you only have the opportunity to read or listen to two things, we hope that you make the first two priorities.

1.  What Did Women Do in the Bible? Article, adaptation of Scot McKnight, by Jarrod Robinson. Jarrod Robinson currently preaches at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, TX.        Printed copies of this article are available in the SBRCC foyer.


2.  Mike Cope, Audio

Mike Cope presented this lesson, "Women, Gifts and the Body of Christ" at Highland Church of Christ in 2005. He emphasized that a great respect and commitment to scripture brought Highland to the place they have embraced. Highland had already included women in their services when Mike presented this lesson. He addressed how to better understand what was a principal-for-all-times and what was cultural instruction. 

Transcript of Mike's Message: Women, Gifts & The Body of Christ (Click)


3.  THE SOUND OF SILENCE:  WOMEN’S PUBLIC ROLES IN WORSHIP, Eddie White, Podcast Bible Classes (1-7)

The seven lessons presented at East Side Church of Christ, by Eddie White, walk through the primary passages that have traditionally been interpreted as limiting to women in the public assembly. Each lesson lasts approximately 40 minutes. Eddie leads a thorough and clear Bible study on these passages.


4.  Ken Cukrowski, Head of the Bible Department at ACU delivered at the Pepperdine Lectures in 2010, 5 Video Lessons

These video lessons look at women in the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) and how they functioned. The videos also cover the passages that are typically sited as prohibiting women from speaking in public worship. Each of these video lessons is about 10 minutes long.


5.  Jarrod Robinson, Video

Published on May 16, 2014 - Speaker: Jarrod Robinson, Varrollton Texas | Thursday Morning Keynote: "Owning Up to Our Baptismal Vows" ( Galatians 3:26-28)


Jarrod Robinson presented this lesson at Pepperdine in 2014. He loves and is committed to serving churches of Christ. He preaches at the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, TX. As he tells his story of baptizing his brother, he explains his journey with scripture.


 6.  Study Videos of Sycamore Church of Christ, Memphis, TN


7.  Study Guide


8.  How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership, Zondervan

This book is a collection of essays from prominent Christian writers and leaders. They tell their personal stories of how they grew from a view of women as only filling traditional roles (teaching other women, children, etc.) to roles of leadership within the Body of Christ. Each of these authors is humble and open to the leading of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.


9.  I Permit Not a Woman, by Robert Rowland (book on pdf) and a limited amount of paperback copies are available from Kin Ellis  

This book is an eye-opening piece on how, regardless of whether or not anything changes, that what  we are presently doing is inconsistent. Especially interesting is the second chapter titled Self-Examination.


10.  Buried talents, Jay Guin

Jay Guin was an attorney and long-time elder and Bible teacher at University Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Buried Talents is an in-depth Bible study on women in the Bible and the church. Sit down with this free download with your Bible and note taking materials. His study is thorough and helpful. This is not a quick, Saturday evening read. It is serious study. Jay Guin also wrote Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace.