Thursday, 18 December 2008

Women in ministry

A huge thank you to all those who are helping me compile this resource for the BUGB Task Group on Women in Leadership. Further suggestions are greatly welcome...

Women in Ministry resources

Highlighted articles / books are those which I am aware of, but do not yet have copies of. If anyone is able to send me photocopies of the relevant chapters / articles I would be very grateful!

British Baptist Papers


Briggs, John H. Y. 1986. She-preachers, widows and other women: The Feminine dimension in Baptist life since 1600. Baptist Quarterly 31: 7.

Briggs, John H. Y. 1994. English Baptists of the Nineteenth Century: Baptist Union of Great Britain. pp.278ff.

Gouldbourne, Ruth. 1997. Reinventing the Wheel: Women and Ministry in English Baptist Life, The Whitley Lecture. Oxford: Whitley Publications.

Jarman, Margaret. 1986. Attitudes to Women in Baptist Churches in the Mid 1980s. Baptist Quarterly 31: 7.

Morris, Nicola. 2002. Sisters of the People: The Order of Baptist Deaconesses 1890-1975. In Centre for Comparitave Studies in Religion and Gender. Bristol: University of Bristol.

Randall, Ian. 2005. The English Baptists of the Twentieth Century: The Baptist Historical Society.

Smith, Karen E. 1991. Beyond Public and Private Spheres: Another look at women in Baptist history and historiography. Baptist Quarterly 34: 2.

Smith, Karen E. 1992. The Role of Women in Early Baptist Missions. Review and Expositor 89: 1.

Smith, Karen E. 2005. British Women and the Baptist World Alliance: Honoured Partners and Fellow Workers. Baptist Quarterly 41: 1.

Smith, Karen E. 2005. Forgotten Sisters: The Contributions of Some Notable but Un-noted British Baptist Women. In Recycling the Past or Researching History: Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths, edited by P. E. Thompson and A. R. Cross. Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press.

Wilson, Linda. 2000. Constrained by Zeal: Female Spirituality Amongst Nonconformists, 1825-75, Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs. Carlisle: Paternoster Press.


Baptist Union of Great Britain. 1980. Free Indeed: Discussion Material on the Role of Women and Men in the Church: Mission Department.

Beasley-Murray, G.R. 1983. Man and Woman in the Church: Ministry Department, Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Dex, Shirley. 1986. The Church’s Response to Feminism. Baptist Quarterly 31: 7.

Few, Jenny. 2000. Hats and WI(w)GS: Personal Reflections of the Baptist Union Women's Working Group. In Theology in Context. Oxford: Whitley Publications.

Fiddes, Paul S. 1986. 'Women’s head is man': A doctrinal reflection upon a Pauline text. Baptist Quarterly 31: 8.

Ibbotson, Stephen. 2008. Following the trajectory – eschatological hermeneutic and gender.

Lehman, Edward. 1986. Reactions to Women in Ministry: A Survey of English Baptist Church Members. Baptist Quarterly 31: 7.

Matthews, Ruth. 1986. God, Women and Men: Language and Imagery. Baptist Quarterly 31: 7.

McCarthy, Carol. 1986. Ordained and Female. Baptist Quarterly 31: 7.

O'Brien, Vivienne. 2008. Men and Women in Ministry.

Took, Pat. 2008. 'In His Image'. The Baptist Ministers' Journal 300.

Troughton, Tricia. 2006. Women, Baptists & Ordination. Didcot: Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Winter, Sean. 2007. God's Inclusive Story. Talk Magazine.

Woodman, Simon. 2006. A Biblical Basis for Affirming Women in Ministry - Part 1. The Baptist Ministers' Journal 296: 4:8-13.

Woodman, Simon. 2007. A Biblical Basis for Affirming Women in Ministry - Part 2. The Baptist Ministers' Journal 297: 1:10-15.

Practical / Pastoral

Eakins, Adam. 2008. 'That Joke Isn't Funny Any More'.

Ibbotson, Stephen. 2006. Emerging or Submerging. Talk Magazine.

Kilpin, Juliet. 2008. Tough questions for all our churches.

Lees, Kate. 2007. Reflecting on the journey so far. Talk Magazine.

Mainstream North. 2007. The Blackley Declaration.

Men, Women and God.

Rand, Stephen. 2007. "Can anyone here play the piano better than my wife?" Talk Magazine.

White, Rob. 2007. Mr. and Mrs. Talk Magazine.


Baker, Jenny. Women and Men in Ministry.

Baker, Jenny. 2003. Women in Ministry: Re-examining the Biblical Pattern. YouthWorker Journal May/June.

Bell, John. 2006. God and Man and Woman. Double Image: The Bulletin of Men Women and God 11.1.

Campbell, Douglas A. 1996. The Call to Serve: Essays on Ministry in Honour of Bishop Penny Jamieson: Continuum.

Campbell, Douglas A. 2003. Gospel and Gender: A Trinitarian Engagement with Being Male and Female in Christ: T&T Clark.

Fletcher, Anthony. 1995. Gender, Sex and Subordination in England 1500-1800. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Gurney, Ann, Mary Tanner, Rosemary Nixon, Esther de Waal, and Myrtle Langley. 1983. Women in Training: a report of a working party set up by women staff members of theological colleges & courses. In accm occasional paper.

Jones, Ian, Janet Wootton, and Kirsty Thorpe. 2008. Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches: International Perspectives: T&T Clark.

Volf, Miroslav. 1996. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation: Abingdon Press.

Ward, Rosie. 2008. Growing Women Leaders: nurturing women's leadership in the Church: Bible Reading Fellowship / CPAS.

Watson, Francis. 2000. The Authority of the Voice: A Theological Reading of 1 Cor 11.2-16. New Testament Studies 46:520-536.

Watson, Francis. 2008. Agape, Eros, Gender: Towards a Pauline Sexual Ethic. New ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wootton, Janet. 2007. This Is Our Story: Free Church Women's Ministry Epworth.

Wright, N. T. 2004. Women’s Service in the Church: The Biblical Basis. In Men, Women and the Church. St John’s College, Durham.


andygoodliff said...


I recently did a short bibliography on articles addressing women here:

Is that of help?

Simon Woodman said...

Yes - thank you for this! That's brilliant!
Whilst I'm thanking you, a huge one for the book review also!

andygoodliff said...

It was a joy to review.

Other stuff that I've found helpful is Francis Watson's Agape, Eros and Gender (CUP, 2000) and his article in NTS 46 (2000)

See also Gospel and Gender (T & T Clark, 2003) and The Call to Serve (T & T Clark, 1996), both edited by Douglas Campbell

Pete Lev said...

Hi Simon,
An accesible article is by Jenny Baker,I found what I think are 2 variations of the same thing: (is a longer paper)
(a shorter jounal article)

andygoodliff said...

There's also the BU publication: Women, Baptists and Ordination. find it here:

andygoodliff said...

Sorry me again - Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches (ed.Jones et al, T & T Clark, 2008)

Catriona said...

I may have missed this flicking through your extensive list, have you got 'This is Our Story: Free Church Women's Ministry' ed Janet Wootton, pub Epworth 2007. I reviewed this for BQ recetnly (though review not yet published).

Seemingly no Baptist women felt able to contribute a 'story' to this - but several I mentioned this to said 'no one asked us' so I'm not sure who they approached. For all that, there is a chapter written by a woman Baptist minister...

The book has an extensive bibliography.