The vote is in. The global church has voted not to allow Divisions to ordain. Since the decision, personal friends who are godly women who serve in full time ministry positions have expressed disappointment and hurt at both the decision and the reaction following the decision. I want to take some time this morning to let my sisters who minister the following three things:
- I want you to know you are admired.
Your work does not go unnoticed. Even though the vote yesterday was not about women in ministry (we have and will continue to have them) some have taken to the internet and social media to attack and gloat. This might seem like a direct devaluing of your calling and ministerial aptitude. I am proud of your accomplishments and being able to put up with people that speak first and think later. Your reaction of grace, unity and forgiveness in the midst of the turbulence has been inspiring.
- I want you to know you are valued.
It is human nature to be discouraged when something that appears so clear is not understood by others. It is in times like these that you must remember who called you, why and for what. Whatever resources and support you may need, please don’t hesitate to connect. You matter. You are important, crucial, and valuable.
- I want you to know I am praying for you.
This is not platitudes. I mean it. Know that today I will lift up your ministry, family and faith to the throne of heaven. Simply stated, prayer helps us get through hard times. You have spoken to disappointed people often in ministry. Remember those counsels as you communicate with your father today.
I love my church. Even when I don’t agree with it, it’s my church and will continue to be my church. I understand that people on both sides of the issue will read this note. Will you join me in praying for women in ministry today?