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Equal to the Task

Paperback|Jun 1998
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God has created male and female to live in community as one. Yet in the church we have created systems that segregate and limit us rather than unify and free us. Barton shows that we can be together the way...


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God has created male and female to live in community as one. Yet in the church we have created systems that segregate and limit us rather than unify and free us. Barton shows that we can be together the way God intended - not only in the safety of marriage but also as brothers and sisters in the safety of community. This book will help you take the first steps toward true teamwork. 224 pages, from IVP

Would you like to.^- discover how to break through gender barriers at the office?.^- know how to respond when someone at church seems to be flirting inappropriately with you?.^- have a healthy friendship with a man or woman who is not your spouse?.^- better understand the relationship between sexuality and spirituality?.^- move beyond stereotyping to godly partnerships?^God has created male and female to live in community as one. Yet in the church we have created systems that segregate and limit us rather than unify and free us. But we can be together the way God intended not only as husbands and wives in the safety of marriage but also as brothers and sisters in the safety of community.^The disciplines of biblical community, partnership in marriage, good communication and more can bring us together to serve God. Ruth Barton has conducted important research and interviewed those who are putting these ideas into practice. This book will help you take the first steps toward true teamwork.
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Would you like todiscover how to break through gender barriers at the office?learn how to work through conflicts on ministry teams?have a healthy friendship with a man or woman who is not your spouse?better understand the relationship between sexuality and spirituality?move beyond stereotyping to godly partnerships?God has created male and female to live in community as one. Yet in the church we have created systems that segregate and limit us rather than unify and free us. But we canbe togetherthe way God intended--not only as husbands and wives in the safety of marriage but also as brothers and sisters in the safety of community.The disciplines of biblical community, partnership in marriage, good communication and more can help us serve God together. Only a radical return to Christian community can take men and women beyond ineffective relational patterns to genuine models of mutuality and interdependence. Ruth Barton's biblical insights, personal experience, extensive research and real-life interviews will help you take significant steps toward true teamwork in all of your cross-gender relationships.
-Publisher

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Ruth Haley Barton

Ruth Haley Barton is co-founder and president of The Transforming Center (www.thetransformingcenter.org), a ministry dedicated to caring for the souls of pastors and Christian leaders. A teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life including Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms, Longing for More, Equal To The Task and Invitation to Solitude and Silence.

  • Foreword By Dr. Bill Donahue
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Created For Life Together
  • 2. The Disciplines Of Biblical Community
  • 3. The Discipline Of Honoring Sexuality
  • 4. Tearing Down Walls, Building Bridges
  • 5. Beyond Stereotypes To Partnership
  • 6. Improving Male-female Communication
  • 7. Teaming Up To Get Things Done
  • 8. Together At Work
  • 9. Mutually Empowering Marriage
  • 10. Partners In Parenting
  • 11. Love, Sex And Friendship
  • Notes
  • For Further Reading

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