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Christine Caine: Trust God to Open Doors for Women

Nov 14 2013
The Australian activist and speaker discusses women in church leadership.

Christine Caine—an evangelist out of Hillsong Church and international activist against trafficking—talks with resolute conviction, humor, and an Australian accent.

She's become one of the best-known Christian women speakers around the globe. Caine has preached at megachurches in the U.S. (including Rick Warren's Saddleback Church and Steve Furtick's Elevation Church). She's spoken at the major conferences: Catalyst, Women of Faith, Passion, and yes, The Nines.

One of three women on a lineup of over 100 speakers this year, Caine focused her message on Isaiah 43:19, "Behold I do a new thing…." She reminded Christian leaders to not let today's trends distract from God's new works in their lives.

Following the event, Her.meneutics editor Kate Shellnutt asked Caine by email about women's representation in Christian leadership, and she again pointed to God's work among us, encouraging women to trust that God will make a way for them.

On your podcast earlier this year, you talked about how your gender felt like a non-issue for much of your ministry, especially at Hillsong. What's your reaction to the discussion over women's representation at conferences like The Nines?

I always welcome lively discussion amongst leaders as long as it is directed towards advancing the kingdom and done with a spirit of love, humility and hope.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve leaders at conferences like The Nines, and I think the very fact that some one like me is included as a speaker in leadership conferences all over the world suggests that the church is very willing to hear from women as well as men….

The discussion over women's representation over conferences like The Nines is a valid one, and I think as more women step out and accomplish things empowered by the Holy Spirit then they will have something to contribute to helping leaders grow.

I think you actually have to build something that is producing fruit whatever gender you are if you want to help others do the same. Your gender should not be what determines whether you speak at a conference, your gifts and fruit should be. I truly believe that if God has called you to do something, then God makes a way for you to do it.

How much do you pay attention to diversity and representation when you speak at these large conferences and churches in the U.S.?

I am very mindful of diversity and representation anywhere I speak. I come from such an inclusive leadership environment (race, gender, ethnicity, age, tradition, denomination) that at times I am a little stunned that it does not always appear to be that way everywhere else.

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