Learn - In Depth

In-Depth Level Resources for "Women on the Board of Elders)

Welcome to the IN-DEPTH section of our online resources for Women in Church Leadership.

We’ve broken down further suggested resources into the following sections:

  2. MEDIUM,
  3. IN-DEPTH, and


Men and Women in Christ: Fresh Light from the Biblical Texts (link)

  • The debate about men and women in the church and in marriage continues to cause division among Christians. Most books on this issue are written from a firmly partisan point of view – complementarian or egalitarian. This one is unique. The author draws on his theological learning and his skills as a judge and arbitrator to offer an even-handed assessment of the debate. His analysis is thorough but accessible. He engages with advocates of each view and all the key biblical texts, weighing the available evidence and offering fresh insights. He invites the reader to move beyond complementarian and egalitarian labels and seeks progress towards healing the division.

The 2 books listed below would generally be considered seminal resources on the question of men and women in ministry (and are available to borrow from the church office.) These are lengthy academic books, but . . . good news: there are shorter "more-accessible" summary-type versions of these books that you might prefer.

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (link)

  • This book is viewed as one of the leading works supporting a complementarian view of men and women.
  • Here is a more accessible version: 50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns about Manhood and Womanhood (link)

Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul's Letters (link)

  • The author of this book is one of the most prolific writers on the topic of egalitarianism.
  • Here is a more accessible book by the same author that covers most of the arguments in the more academic book listed above. Why Can't Women Do That?: Breaking Down the Reasons Churches Put Men in Charge (link)