Why is Margaret Feinberg the most influential young woman leader in evangelicalism you’ve never heard of?
Cathleen Falsani and Margaret Feinberg are two of my favorite authors and bloggers. Last week they tag-teamed for a thought-provoking article on the future of female leadership in evangelicalism. I came away more determined than ever to seek to be part of the solution not the problem. Why? I’ve seen too much waste of God-given gifts and talents in the church.
Today we interviewed a faculty candidate to teach communication in ministry for our department. The candidate was a gifted teacher who not only possesses all the requisite communication and theological degrees, they’re also an award-winning speaker, as well as a former TV anchor and talk show host.
The only thing lacking on their CV was extensive preaching experience. Why? Her local church will only allow her to do the announcements!
We recommended her for the job anyway. We don’t want our students to miss the privilege of being instructed by such a gifted and anointed teacher–a privilege the congregants in her own church may never know. Personally, I think that’s a crime against the kingdom of God.
You may disagree, but I highly recommend that you wrestle with the issue as Cathleen and Margaret explore it their interview.
May their tribe increase!
Jesus is Still Surrounded By Too Many Men
By Cathleen Falsani in the Huffington Post.
Not including women known primarily as partner to their better-known husbands. And just to make it interesting, let’s say they have to be under age 60.
Stumped? Don’t feel too badly. You’re not alone.
Back in 2005 when Time magazine published its list of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals,” only four women made the cut — and just two without their husbands. Of the two solo women, Diane Knippers and Joyce Meyer, only Meyer is involved in actual church leadership.
But Meyer turned 68 earlier this month, and Knippers (then president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy), died of cancer shortly after the Time designation.
In the words of the R&B group 702, “Where my girls at?”
Enter Margaret Feinberg
Since she began her writing career in 2001, Margaret Feinberg, 37, has written more than two dozen books, including the critically acclaimed “The Organic God,” “The Sacred Echo” and “Scouting the Divine.” She is a sought-after speaker for gatherings of young evangelicals including Catalyst, Thrive and Creation Festival.
In 2005, Charisma magazine listed her among the 30 Christian leaders under 40 who represent “the future of the American church.”
She’s probably the most influential young woman leader in evangelicalism you’ve never heard of…