Reconciliation Series: Invisibility in a Culture of Patriarchy (September 2015)
In part one of this dialogue, Laurel talked about “invisibility,” and what it means for
people to feel invisible. In part 2 we will consider ways that Patriarchy causes women to become “invisible” in the church.
The Acts 29 movement, is a church planting movement. If you go to their webpage,
Acts29.com, and click on “About,” you can read what the movement is about. I clicked through the tabs, eventually coming to, “What We Believe.” Acts 29 stands in the tradition of historic evangelical confessionalism. While we believe it is vital that the elders of each of our churches determine where they stand on doctrines of second importance, we do wish to make known our
convictions on the following five theologically-driven core values:
Gospel centrality in all of life
The sovereignty of God in saving sinners
The work of the Holy Spirit for life and ministry
The equality of male and female and the principle of male servant leadership
The local church as God’s primary mission strategy
Notice that individual churches can disagree on any issues of secondary importance… but
they can not disagree on… The centrality of the gospel, God’s sovereignty, the work of the Holy Spirit, the mission of God’s church…. AND… THE PRINCIPLE OF MALE SERVANT LEADERSHIP.
That is code for patriarchy. In other words, one of their core tenants is that men are leaders over women. This means they don’t have women pastors in their churches, or women elders. In many cases women aren’t allowed to teach men at all.