If women’s ministry is undergoing a renaissance—and many suggest that it is—then leaders like Jen Wilkin might just be the church’s latter-day Da Vincis. A speaker, writer, and Bible teacher based in Flower Mound, Texas, Jen is an active advocate for women’s place in the church, urging congregations to recognize and honor their women’s giftings even as she encourages women themselves to strive toward greater, more rigorous biblical literacy.
While most of her ministry takes place in her local church, Jen has also shared her insights with wider audiences through her writing. Her books include Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds and None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing, and her articles have been featured recently in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and other publications.
On this week’s episode of The Calling, CT Associate Editor Kate Shellnutt joins Jen in a Flower Mound coffee shop for a conversation about her work as a teacher, her love for the church, and her hopes for women’s ministry in the years ahead.
On learning to be an empathetic teacher: “When I started, I loved the Bible—but I didn’t really love women. The Lord placed me in a Sunday school class of women; they were all older than me, they had all had very difficult lives—and it became rapidly apparent to me that I could not just stand up each week and make statements about the sovereignty of God that were theologically correct but empathetically void. You’ve got a women sitting there who had a child who was an accidental drowning victim—you don’t just throw out phrases ...1
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