Dr. Karen Shaw
"I, personally, have no problem with women being leaders in our church, but the congregation isn't ready for it yet," one pastor explained.
Congregational change comes slowly. Church leaders need wisdom in choosing which changes to promote and the best time to implement those changes. However, it is too easy for a shepherd afraid of controversy to hide behind the flock rather than lead it. A church's lack of readiness to empower all of its members is not an excuse to do nothing. It is a call to action. To do nothing suggests that a leader may lack genuine interest in bringing women into leadership as full members of the Body of Christ.
There are a great many things that a church leader can do to prepare God's people to reach their full potential, even if they are not ready to make a major change quite yet. It may be "a journey of a thousand miles," but one can begin with a handful of these steps: