Women in God's Mission: Accepting the Invitation to Serve and Lead
Christianity Today 2020 Book of the Year Award, Missions/Global Church Women have advanced God's mission throughout history and around the world. But women often face particular obstacles in ministry. What do we need to know about how women...
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Christianity Today 2020 Book of the Year Award, Missions/Global Church
Women have advanced God's mission throughout history and around the world. But women often face particular obstacles in ministry. What do we need to know about how women thrive? Mission researcher Mary Lederleitner interviewed and surveyed ninety-five respected women in mission leadership from thirty countries to gather their insights, expertise, and best practices. She unveils how women serve in distinctive ways and identifies key traits of faithful connected leaders. When women face opposition based on their gender, they employ various strategies to carry on with resilience and hope. Real-life stories and case studies shed light on dynamics that inhibit women and also give testimony to God's grace and empowerment in the midst of challenges. Women and men will find resources here for partnering together in effective ministry and mission. Organizations can help women flourish through advocacy, mentoring, and addressing structural issues. Wherever God has invited you to serve and lead, discover that you are not alone as you answer the call.
Mary T. Lederleitner is a researcher, author, trainer and consultant for Wycliffe. Currently her focus is best practices related to cross-cultural ministry partnerships. She also develops resources to train missionaries and lay people for more effective cross-cultural ministry. Prior to serving in this role she was the Asia area finance manager and head of international audit. She has traveled extensively overseas and has been called upon to also assist a wide range of Christian non-profit ministries and churches.
Before joining Wycliffe she served as a singles ministry coordinator at College Hill Presbyterian Church and Christ Church of Oak Brook, equipping lay people for ministry within the church and the surrounding community. Before entering ministry she became a certified public accountant and she served as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service and the city of Cincinnati. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Educational Studies and she holds a Masters Degree in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College. She is on the Advisory Board for EMIS, the organization that publishes EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly) and Lausanne Pulse. She also serves on the board of Faith and Learning and the steering committee for COSIM (The Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries) and MLN (Mission Leadership Network).