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Women Married to Men in Ministry: Breaking the Sound Barrier Together [Paperback]

By Teresa Flint-borden (Author) & Barbara Cooper (Author)
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Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687491851  
EAN  9780687491858  

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Breaking the Sound Barrier uses as a framework of two memorable, process-oriented metaphors for transformation: Aeronautics, to address what it takes to break through faulty stereotypes and other personal barriers that hold women back from effective "Mach 10" ministry. Wineskins, to address the dramatic changes required in corporate systems that block radical transformation from occurring in our congregations and communities. Its source materials also include insights from biblical role models, theological perspectives, stories of the author's own experiences, and interviews of other women and couples who are pioneers of transformational ministries in new paradigms. Several research surveys are being written to help evaluate underlying causes of barriers to effective ministry for women and how women are coping with radical paradigm shifts in turnaround church work. The introduction and first chapter give principles and anecdotes for what radical change ministry involves and what a "co-piloting leadership paradigm" looks like. They describe the key barriers to such change at the personal level (faulty stereotypes) and corporate level (inflexible systems), and apply metaphor parallels for breaking through those barriers. The next 10 chapters take readers from "Mach 1" to "Mach 10" in working through principles and applications of the aeronautics metaphor for personal ministry. Each of these 10 chapters also includes a section "giving voice" to women and couples in ministry who have wrestled with replacing the old wineskin systems which have impeded "new vintage" growth that the Spirit wants to implant. Healthy ministerial families are critical to turnaround church change. A potential follow-up project would offer holistic assessments and tools for ministry family systems coaching.

CHAPTER OUTLINE Breaking The Sound Barrier: Women In New Paradigm Ministries Of Transformation Chapters 2 Through 11 Each Address Aspects Of The Aeronautics Metaphor For Personal Ministry Transformation. They Also End With A "Giving Voice" Section That Shares Real-world Experiences Of Women And Couples Who Wrestle Against Inflexible Systems That Impede Corporate Change. Introduction. New Paradigm Ministries Of Transformation Introduces The Author, Tells How She Became Involved In "turnaround Church" Paradigm Work With The Growing Healthy Churches Movement, And Offers Experiential Snapshots Of What Radical Change In Churches Can Look Like. It Concludes With An Overview Of The Process Of Winemaking, And Compares That Process With The Concept Of "new Vintage" Ministry And What The Creation Of New Wineskins Requires. 1. Hitting The Bullseye--Changing Times, Changing Paradigms Covers The History Of Men And Women Who Pioneered Breaking The Sound Barrier, And Shows Key Parallels Of That Process With Turnaround Church Work. (The Remainder Of The Book Will Focus On More Detailed Aspects Of This Aeronautics Metaphor.) It Describes The Core Of A Shepherd-Leader Approach, Critiques Barriers To Effective Personal Leadership Ministry Found In The Shepherd-Pastor And Shepherd's Wife Stereotypes, And Overviews A Co-piloting Paradigm For Women In Ministry And Women Married To Men In Ministry. 2. Mach 1--Journey "Through" Time Looks At Mental Models (i.e., Metaphors And Stereotypes) That Guide Or Impede Change. It Uses The Differences In Magnetic And Gyroscope Compasses To Illustrate What It Means To Show "true North," And Talks About The Shuttle Launch And The Need For "protective Insulation." 3. Mach 2--Flight Plan Focuses On Counting The Cost In Preparing For A Flight, What Radical Change In A Church Means As An Illustration Of A "flight Plan," And How To Create The Flight Plan For Church Change, Transition, And Transformation. 4. Mach 3--Transformed Through The Journey Shares How The Transformer Cannot Stand Apart From The Transformation. It Looks At A Personal Journey Plan Leading To Spiritual Renewal, As Well As To Spiritual Maturity. 5. Mach 4--Side Trips Looks At Who's Going On This Journey: Pilot, Co-pilot, Flight Attendant, Etc. It Details How Women In Ministry And Women Married To Men In Ministry Fit Into The Scheme Of Things For Radical Church Change. 6. Mach 5--Getting Ready To Launch Asks The Question, "What's My Responsi

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Helful to Think of the Wife  Jun 29, 2009
Main Idea of the Text: The book deals with the emotional stress of a woman in ministry during systemic change in a congregation. The manner that women deal with congregational change is different than the way a man will deal with transition.

The Three Top Ideas of Greatest Benefit:

One of the most relevant ideas was from dealing with expectations early into a new pastorate. Every minister walks into a church blinded by some of the unspoken expectations. Some of the expectations will be the same from congregation to congregation, but there will always be some new expectations from the different congregation. The book notes that after six to eight months the minister to have a meeting to clarify any unmet expectations or concerns. Instead of allowing the needs to be felt but not addressed, this mentions the need to air the concerns so that they will be addressed in a mature fashion.

Often a minister's wife is "overextended and completely exhausted. This is definitely the case of the wife is working outside of the home. From my experience, a young minister's wife will teach all week in the school system but will be expected to travel with her husband to the weekend youth rally. The husband can have a day off, but the wife never has time to herself. She is expected all mostly all of the congregation's events. A wife must learn "no" and a congregation must respect that "no."

During systemic change, there is a process of falling dominos. A woman's role is primary one of a caregiver, but when the husband is leading change this is a process of causing people to be uncomfortable with the present reality. He must inflict some pain in the system for it to change. A woman who sees herself as someone who helps with pain would be confused over her role as a supporter of the pain agent.

The Three Ideas of Major disagreement:

One of the ideas of disagreement is over the level of involvement of a woman in ministry. It always seems best for the wife to stay out of most of the congregation's affairs. She is too defenseless and too connected to take on too much ownership within the congregation. It is often best that the wife is left out of some of the difficult situations in the church. This book seems to want the wife to be too active.

The idea of co-ministering couples is an oxymoron. No matter of the wife is employed or not by the congregation the couple is co-ministering. It would seem best in my opinion for couples not to be employed by the church together. There is just too much stress and tension in ministry and if a couple is working together this is just going to be compounded.

Really, I feel the book provides too much focus on the wife. A remember one lady stating that she was marrying into the ministry and she was excited about being "the first lady of the congregation." It is best to state out of the picture and try to blend into the congregation not operate with the preacher's wife mindset.

The Recommendation of the Book:

I would recommend this book because of the insight into the process that women take during systemic change.

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