Giving away Half the Church

As I mentioned last week (Are we silencing half the church?), we’ll be spending some time in the next few weeks reviewing and discussing Carolyn Curtis James new book Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Vision for Women.

And, thanks to Zondervan, we have a copy of the book to give away (see instructions below).

According to the publisher’s description:

Women comprise at least half the world, and usually more than half the church, but so often Christian teaching to women either fails to move beyond a discussion of roles or assumes a particular economic situation or stage of life. This all but shuts women out from contributing to God’s kingdom as they were designed to do. Furthermore, the plight of women in the Majority World demands a Christian response, a holistic embrace of all that God calls women and men to be in his world.

And, here’s the promo video for the book.



We’re going to try something a little different with this giveaway. If you’d like to win the book, here are the various ways that you can enter the contest:

  1. Leave a comment below indicating that you’d like to win the book. You can only enter once this way, but I’ll count it as two entries if you also offer your answer to the following question: How do you think your church is doing at encouraging all women to be actively and fully engaged in the life and ministry of the church?
  2. Blog about the giveaway and link to this post.
  3. Tweet about the contest using the hashtag #western_thm. (One entry per tweet; enter as many times as you want.)
  4. Mention the giveaway on Facebook and tag “Marc Cortez” in your comment.(One entry per comment; enter as many times as you want.)

I’ll randomly pick a winner when we post the reviews of the book in April.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on March 14, 2011, in Anthropology, Book Giveaways, The Church. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Only one entry, eh? Well, ok! 🙂

  2. Personally, I think of the plight of women in Islam today!

  3. Taylor Turkington

    I would love this book.

    How is the church doing? Wow, I think this is a messy topic. I love the promo video. I think the church feels safe telling women that they should be wives and mothers, but then often is fearful of them doing more. Will they take over the church? Will they ignore authority structures? How do we control this? I pray that these decisions aren’t ruled by fear or what’s comfortable, nor lust for power from women, but on scriptural use of women’s gifts. So that the whole church can proclaim the Gospel in all they do.

  4. adam kawaguchi

    Id like to enter please…unfortunately I don’t think my current church is doing enough to empower women and is one of the reasons I will be attending another church soon.

  5. I too would like this book.

    Our church is a Baptist and allows women to preach. We have a requirement for our elders if they are married for both husband and wife to be elders… this then helps with confidentiality issues where the married couples can discuss issues between them.

    Our church will try and empower the congregation according to their gifts and talents… and not restrict them on a gender basis. The only exception being our ministry to the local brothels… in this case its a women only ministry team who enter into the buildings to minister to the women…this is for obvious pragmatic reasons.

    I also study at the main Australian Pentecostal college that offers degree studies (Alphacrucis). The college and AOG movement as a whole is into empowering women and the church – releasing them into their callings – based on their gifting and talents …as Gordon Fee says – its dumb to think Gender overrides Holy Spirit calling / anointing.

  6. There is a whole flip-side with the complementarian theology. But we cannot express it fully here on the blog.

  7. Wow…this caught my attention for sure! Would love to have a copy!!

    It’s amazing the years I’ve spent in churches where women are given two roles: wives and/or Sunday School teachers (but only up to certain ages). I’m blown away by the fact of the many gifted women who have been silenced because of culture rather than Scripture. I feel blessed to be in a church now where I have been blessed with opportunities to serve not because of my gender (or marital status) but because of God’s call and giftedness in my life.

  8. I’m looking forward to reading this book.

    My church is active in encouraging women to serve and lead, although not as a pastor or in an adult teaching position. I appreciate not being categorized by my family roles of wife and mom and given opportunities to make contributions in other areas of ministries. I have three daughters who all show signs of being leaders. I hope for them they have a voice in the church.

  9. I’m really excited about this post. Our church is very supportive of women in ministry. This past week we prayed for a woman from our church who was just hired as the hospital chaplain. We’ve been supporting her ministry the past two years. As far as I know, the only position we do not allow a woman to serve is as an elder. Every other position is open (greeter, teacher, ministry leader, worship team, etc…)

  10. I am intrigued by this book. My church is considered a mega church and the Executive pastor a rising star, at least as far as Christain media and those who measure church growth measure such things. I mention this because it seems that church growth comes at the expense of pushing certain populations to the curb, or at least in providing ministry to and ministry outlets for these groups other than ,what is in our church, the agenda du jour.
    If women in our church work outside the home ,do not homeschool , and eschew higher education for their daughters, they are considered sexally suspect.
    Having posted this, I must unequivocably say that I respect the calling of wife and mother and cherish the covering of a husband who is,indeed the priest of the home,BUT this blessing may not always happen, marrages fail, life takes unexpected turns and young women should be encouraged to be Deborahs and Lydias should their paths take them outside of the stay at home wife model or even marriage.Women Ministries should reach out to these young women as well.

  11. I would love to win a copy of this book because as a women I’m always concerned about women’s issues in the church. I think this one really hits home for me.

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

  12. Unfortunately I don’t think that my church does a great job. Once in a while a woman will teach a an adult elective class, but beyond that there’s not much opportunity for working in ministry besides singing on the praise team or teaching children or youth.

  13. I would like this book.

    I come from the Wesleyan tradition. My church has two male pastors on staff and one female pastor. Women still tend to fall into traditional roles (children/women’s ministry) but we have women preach occasionally and teach mixed gender Sunday school classes. Overall, I think our church culture still prefers male leadership in the highest positions (senior pastor) but I also think our church would cease to function (or at least be seriously crippled) without women in leadership.

  14. Carolyn Culbertson

    Very poorly … but then I think it is doing poorly in recognizing and engaging giftedness at all. Men who have been in some kind of position in business or government are given positions of responsibility – regardless of spiritual maturity or giftedness – and women volunteer in the nursery or the kitchen, Yes, still.

  15. I would like this book.

    No comment on how my church is doing. 🙂

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