Women in the Church Resources

November 2014

Below are the study guides that were provided for the study over the last year.

Dear Christians at Highland Oaks:

The following resources are offered to you as an aid in your personal study of the topic regarding women in the church.  These resources are certainly not meant to be exhaustive, but rather provide a sample of a variety of sources that reflect various perspectives on this topic.  We have attempted to be balanced in submitting resources with differing viewpoints.

At first you may feel a bit overwhelmed at the quantity of resources we are providing, and that is understandable.  Don’t feel as if you are obligated to read and study everything, but we do encourage you to read as broadly as you are able.  Although you might be inclined to gravitate only to those resources with which you already agree, we encourage you to read and study all of the perspectives reflected in these materials with an objective mind and a seeking heart.

Open your Bibles and read the words of Scripture along with these resources.  Later this year, there will be further opportunities for shared study and conversation as we discern God’s desire for our church family.  We trust that God will richly bless you in your study.

– The HOCC shepherds

Combined Adult Bible Class
Week 1:
May 4, 2014 – “Study of Scripture: Why how we read matters as much as what we read.”
Pat Bills      (Audio)       (Video)       (Speaker Notes)
Week 2:
May 11, 2014 – “What Jesus has to say about women: Jesus matters in our conversation”
Stephen Johnson, Abilene Christian University      (Audio)      (Video)
Week 3:
May 18, 2014 – “Paul and his letter: Exploring the difficult teaching of Paul on women”
John York, Lipscomb University      (Audio)      (Video)       (Speaker Notes)


Articles & Papers

 Grasham, Bill.  “The Role of Women in the American Restoration Movement”

From a Traditional Perspective

 Ferguson, Everett.  Two papers delivered at the 2012 ACU Summit

 “Women in the Church: Doctrinal Considerations”

“Women in the Church: New Testament Texts”

Lewis, Jack P.  A paper delivered in Malibu, California in 1992.

“Women’s Role in Worship”

Lightfoot, Neil R.  A paper delivered in 1993.

“Wives, Be Subject To Your Husbands”

From a Gender Inclusive Perspective

Pauls, Dale.  A paper presented by the Stamford Church of Christ in 1998

“Seven Questions: On Faith, Gender, and the Church”

Pulley, Kathy J.  An article in Leaven, Spring 1996.

“Change Factors Affecting Women in the Local Church”

Viola, Frank.

“Reimagining a Woman’s Role in the Church: An Open Letter”

Wright, N. T.  A paper presented at a 2004 conference in Durham, England

“Women’s Service in the Church: The Biblical Basis”

Expanded Study Guides

Piper, John and Grudem, Wayne.

Fifty Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns about Manhood and Womanhood.Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, 1992.

Robinson, Thomas.

A Community Without Barriers: Women in the New Testament and the Church TodayManhattan Church of Christ, 2010.


Barton, SaraA Woman Called: Piecing Together the Ministry Puzzle. Leafwood Publishers, Abilene, TX, 2012.

The call to ministry is profound and life-changing, one that women are often forbidden to answer.  In this sensitive and moving memoir, Sara Barton speaks openly and vulnerably about how the conflict has played out in her life within Churches of Christ.

Grudem, WayneEvangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth: An Analysis of More Than 100 Disputed Questions. Crossway, Wheaton, IL, 2012.

This book is a response to 118 arguments often levied against traditional gender roles.  Grudem counters egalitarian and feminist critiques with clarity, compassion, and precision.

Gundry, Stanley N., ed. Two Views on Women in Ministry, revised edition. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 2005.

What does the Bible say about women’s roles in the church?  This book furnishes you with a clear and thorough presentation of the two primary views on women in ministry so you better understand each one’s strengths, weaknesses, and complexities.

Ken Cukrowski

In September of 2013, the shepherds and their wives were privileged to hear Dr. Ken Cukrowski, Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University, on three consecutive weekends to study the topic of women in the church.  Although these sessions were not recorded, we wish to provide you with the detailed study materials provided to us, as well as links to similar presentations Dr. Cukrowski has made on this topic on other occasions.

“Women’s Roles Material – Week 1”
“Women’s Roles Material – Week 2”
“Women’s Roles Material – Week 3”

The following, from Ken Cukrowski, is presented in 5 parts on YouTube.

“A Fly on the Wall: What Elders Are Thinking at Gender-Inclusive Churches”

“Part 1”

“Part 2”

“Part 3”

“Part 4”

“Part 5”

“She is Called”      (Audio)
“Panel at the Christian Scholar’s Conference” – 2009     (Video)