I Wish My Church Knew…

Recently Her.meneutics asked people to enter a summer writing contest addressing what they wished their church knew. More than 150 women with ages ranging from 16 to 70+ responded from across the world. Here is the list of topics they submitted. 

“I wish my church knew . . .”

the pain of miscarriage
the importance of female pastors as role models
that we don’t have all the answers
that singles need ministry too
that we can learn something from the LGBT community
the demands of women who work
the pervasiveness of mental illness
to teach us how to argue
the forgotten power of reciting the psalms
to stop looking for the next big thing
the needs of rural women
what it’s like to be an evangelical introvert
how to talk about addiction
the ministry opportunities for adults with disabilities
how to make disciples out of senior citizens
what it’s really like to be a pastor’s kid
the pain of domestic violence victims
the effectiveness of intergenerational ministry
to value preschoolers for their sake, not to reach their parents
the struggles of chronic illness
the practice of healing confession
what it’s like to walk into a bar
the dangers of being middle class
how many of us are dealing with depression
that Christians don’t need to mourn the loss of Christian America
that worship isn’t about us
that I love the church just the way it is
the place for stillness in the church
not to pretend to be perfect
how to feel like family

The editor wrote, “Some of these topics came up over and over again, especially ones related to mental illness, singleness, and introversion. The church isn’t just for happy and healthy married extroverts. . . . ”

Here is one of the first essays, which comes from a single mom.

How would you answer the question?

 

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