In 2019, the elders at the historic Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas, announced to the congregation that women would have the opportunity to take public roles in worship services. The decision marked a major shift from traditional scriptural interpretations held by many independent Churches of Christ which required active roles in worship to be performed by men. This study seeks to document the experiences of the leadership at Broadway Church of Christ during this significant transition. The elders who made the decision and staff members who enacted the new policy were asked to complete a qualitative survey in which they reflected on the evolution of their beliefs about women’s roles in worship and the process of implementing this major congregational change. A systems theory approach is used to assist in understanding the challenges faced by the leadership as the congregation adapted to the new policy.
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Rains, Shannon Clarkson; Dabbs, Jennifer M.; and Ihfe, Kaley D.
"A Oneness Study Story: The Experiences of Elders and Staff in Leading Change for the Inclusion of Women in Public Worship Roles,"
Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry: Vol. 8:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/discernment/vol8/iss1/3