In the spring of 2022, elders and ministers from three West Texas Churches of Christ convened for a discussion of how their congregations expanded the roles of women in public worship. Tradition within the Churches of Christ dictates that men fill all visible roles during worship services. Since these practices are based in commonly accepted interpretations of the scripture, women’s active participation in worship represents a momentous change in both practice and belief. The ninety-minute discussion covered the initial decision-making process, the implementation of new roles, problems encountered, and advice for others wanting to make a similar change. The transcript has been edited for clarity, but otherwise is an exact account of the discussion as the church leaders reflected on their experiences.
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Dabbs, Jennifer M.; Rains, Shannon Clarkson; and Ihfe, Kaley D.
"Three Approaches to the Greater Inclusion of Women in Public Worship,"
Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry: Vol. 8:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/discernment/vol8/iss2/2