Holding Up Half The Sky

A biblical case for Women Leading and Teaching in the Church

Women have played significant roles in ministry and leadership throughout the history of the church and the pages of the Bible. Today, women make up more than half the church, and do much of the mission, ministry, and discipleship in the life of the church. But women have often been held back from ministry roles. Graham Joseph Hill outlines the biblical vision for women in ministry and leadership. He offers a biblical and passionate call for women to be released to teach, to lead, to preach, to serve, to pastor, and to minister in every area of the church. The Bible paints a radical vision of women, empowered and emboldened for full ministry participation in Christ’s church. The biblical vision for women and for their role as teachers, witnesses, disciplers, and leaders transforms not only personal lives, but also the church and the world. This book offers a biblical case for women teaching and leading in the church. Hill then explores practical ways that we can empower and release more female leaders in the church, and ways that we can amplify the voices and honor the gifts of women in the way Jesus intended. Together women and men can revitalize the church and renew the world.

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Author: Graham Joseph Hill

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A biblical case for Women Leading and Teaching in the Church

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Women have played significant roles in ministry and leadership throughout the history of the church and the pages of the Bible. Today, women make up more than half the church, and do much of the mission, ministry, and discipleship in the life of the church. But women have often been held back from ministry roles. Graham Joseph Hill outlines the biblical vision for women in ministry and leadership. He offers a biblical and passionate call for women to be released to teach, to lead, to preach, to serve, to pastor, and to minister in every area of the church. The Bible paints a radical vision of women, empowered and emboldened for full ministry participation in Christ’s church. The biblical vision for women and for their role as teachers, witnesses, disciplers, and leaders transforms not only personal lives, but also the church and the world. This book offers a biblical case for women teaching and leading in the church. Hill then explores practical ways that we can empower and release more female leaders in the church, and ways that we can amplify the voices and honor the gifts of women in the way Jesus intended. Together women and men can revitalize the church and renew the world.

Endorsements & Reviews
“Every church should make copies of Graham Joseph Hill’s book available, which pulls together a tightly argued case for revitalizing women in their gifts, . . . It is peaceful yet firm, biblical without being ornery, theologically sound without becoming abstractions, pastoral without being condescending, and clear from word one. I endorse and highly recommend Graham Joseph Hill’s Holding Up Half the Sky.”
—Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

“Graham Joseph Hill can be credited with soundly presenting the case that having women in leadership matters immensely for mission and ministry, not because some radical feminist manifesto said so, but because Scripture and the history of the church proves so. An eminently readable and persuasive case for women to be freed to lead in the local church and in para-church organizations. Books like these often change people’s lives!”
—Michael F. Bird, Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College

“Graham Joseph Hill offers a helpful study in support of women in ministry which deals both pastorally, practically, and exegetically with the relevant biblical texts and issues in a convincing way. Highly recommended.”
—Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

“I am grateful for friends like Graham Joseph Hill who fight for women’s rightful position in the church. His prophetic voice speaks with distinct truthful clarity about the role of women in the church. Holding up Half the Sky examines the historical context and cultural complexities of the early church and the Pauline writings, later advancing towards revealing poignant theological and biblical affirmations of the female presence and their promised roles in the church. Hill’s message will shape our understandings of the past and guide our actions in the future.”
—Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Professor of Theology, Earlham School of Religion

“Just as Christians today no longer need to argue for the abolition of slavery (despite the existence of many prima facie pro-slavery passages in the Bible), so I hope—with Graham Joseph Hill—that the need to make ‘a biblical case for women leading and teaching in the church’ will become obsolete. In the interim, books such as these will surely help us in the church get there.”
—Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Associate Professor of Ethics, Claremont School of Theology; and Co-Director, Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion