Guest / Limited Access /

J. Lee Grady might spend his days editing Charisma magazine, but away from his desk, you might find him on Orlando's Incredible Hulk roller coaster—his favorite ride—maybe with one of his four daughters. He points to a photo of his daughters on his desk as the reason he spends half of his time now on a ministry focusing on women.

In his Orlando-based office, dirt fills shot glasses on the bookcase, pushpins fill the map on the wall, and souvenirs from Africa, Asia, and Europe surround the computer.

The souvenirs come from the places Grady has traveled, the pushpins mark the visits, and the dirt reminds him of each place he has set foot.

The collectibles represent memories of his ministry called the Mordecai Project, devoted to empowering women to fill leadership positions in their churches. Grady has been a longtime proponent of women in leadership, having written 10 Lies the Church Tells Women in 2000. The ministry has propelled Grady to speak in 21 countries, taking his voice to a more international level.

"I think that God has opened a door for Lee to be a prophetic voice that goes beyond the magazine," Charisma publisher Steve Strang told CT. "It gives him a base and has given him a voice to write, but he's been invited to speak to the nations."

Just 8 percent of all congregations in the United States are led by women, according to the National Congregations Study. Although the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement has historically supported women pastors, Grady still believes some independent congregations need to encourage women in their churches to become leaders.

"Sometimes women asking for their rightful place end up sounding self-serving," Grady said. "It's very healing for a man to speak about these issues because ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedChristine Caine, Liberty University to Launch ‘Lean In’-Type Program for Christian Women
Christine Caine, Liberty University to Launch ‘Lean In’-Type Program for Christian Women
Propel calls on the church to equip and validate working women.
TrendingMark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill
Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill
"I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission."
Editor's PickA Word Can Be Worth a Thousand Pictures
A Word Can Be Worth a Thousand Pictures
Why the pulpit—and not the screen—still belongs at the center of our churches.
Comments
Christianity Today
Modern-Day Mordecai
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

November 2009

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.