Women in Leadership Resources

I frequently get asked about resources regarding women leading and teaching in the church. It seems like many of us are confused about what Scripture says about women's participation in the home and church. And while this issue isn't as important as the deity of Christ or the authority of Scripture, I believe it's a critical issue for the church because women are about 50% of the church.

Friends, I've been studying this stuff for nearly 20 years. I grew up in a religious culture that had very distinct lines around what a woman does - and does NOT do - in the home and church.  I've read countless books, blogs, articles. I've had intelligent and wise mentors and scores mentoring conversations around the topic. My hubby and I have explored and tweaked a thousand times of what works for us and how we were best designed to function as a couple and family. Mostly, I have studied the Scriptures for myself to better understand what God has to say about this.

Below are some of my favorite resources, not because they validate what I believe. But because they've lead me to believe what I believe. They're full of heart and head and spirit. Each of them has a different approach, perspective, focus, and background. They are written by men and women. They are penned by folks who've always been egalitarian (belief that men and women are created equal and have full partnership in the home and the church) and folks who've struggled their way into that belief.

My Personal Favorite Books

These aren't listed in any particular order...except the top 3 books are a great starting place for the theological understanding. They are also helpful for the head and the heart.

  1. Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James
  2. Junia is not Alone by Scot McKnight
  3. Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman's Place in Church and Family by Gilbert Bilezekian 

Websites and Resources

  • The Junia Project: Their website is remarkable! They have excellent articles on some of the clobber passages, lots of resource links, and a blog full of articles to educate, encourage, and empower women to be all God has created them to be.
  • Rachel Held Evans Mutuality Resources: Rachel shares some of her favorite resources, as well.
  • Gifted for Leadership from Leadership Journal/Christianity Today

Blog Posts

I'd love for you to add any that you've found helpful along the way. Please share. The Church - the KINGDOM - needs women to contribute as fully as they've been called and gifted. 

Women are not called to roles and places. We are called based on our gifts and God-given personalities. 

I hope you enjoy reading and studying as much as I have! Peace.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.