7 Women's Ministry Resources that Aren't Beth Moore
In the Christian world, there sadly aren’t as many women’s resources and teachers as I’d like to see. Women naturally gravitate toward other women and having lived with a woman for six years, I realize God made y’all different from us men and sometimes a woman just gets it. My wife definitely talks to other women in a different way than she talks to me and I celebrate that and am glad she has those women in her life
That being said, I have no problem with Beth Moore. She just happens to be the most popular women’s teacher out there today. I also think that women should be learning from men as well as men learning from women (men, we’ve got some work to do on that front).
I’m writing this post because there are some bad and even dangerous women’s teachers and resources that get put out. Please let me encourage you to stay away from Sarah Young and Jesus Calling. Please don’t get your doctrine and theology from Jen Hatmaker. Avoid Joyce Meyer at all costs. Girl, please don’t wash your face with Rachel Hollis.
Now, that I’ve gotten that out my system, allow me to recommend some women’s teachers and podcasts that may or may not be well known, but are trustworthy, biblical, and will serve you well as you seek to connect with and learn from other women.
I’ll start out with a couple of podcasts. I’m sure there are more out there, but these are two on my radar that are both entertaining and challenging.
My wife loves this podcast and I enjoy it too. Risen Motherhood has a couple of mom’s who are talking about how to follow Jesus in real life, especially when things get chaotic being a wife and mom. I listened to the episode where they interviewed Jen Wilkin and it was great! My wife is always telling me about things they’ve said or ways she’s been challenged by these ladies. I’m grateful for what they’re doing for the Christian culture.
I listen to this podcast frequently. Sheologians is a clever play off the word Theologians. Joy and Summer address some hard topics at times, but they’re fun, witty, and prove that theology isn’t just for men. They will have you laughing and also thinking seriously about the things of God. Definitely give this one a listen.
Teachers and Authors
Here is a non-exhaustive list of some ladies that I recommend to my wife, but also learn from myself.
Jen is the name of the game as far as I’m concerned when it comes to women’s ministry. Please don’t confuse her with Jen Hatmaker (they are polar opposites theology wise). Jen takes the Bible seriously and is serious about teaching women how to study the Bible for themselves. You can’t go wrong with reading any of her books, but I might I recommend you start with Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearts and Our Minds.
Nancy just recently came on my radar after I read and reviewed her book, Even Better than Eden. She’s written several other books, but this one does a great job showing the unity of the biblical story and how Scripture is not just a bunch of disjointed stories, but one unified story that is all about Jesus. I recommend this book to both women and men.
Jackie Hill Perry
Jackie started out in the Christian Hip-Hop scene, but has moved into the author/teacher arena. She just wrote and released her first book, Gay Girl, Good God. I’ve heard rumors that she is about to start working on Bible studies with Lifeway and I would be letting you down if I didn’t have her on this list so you can be on the lookout for those when they release.
Gloria has several excellent books aimed directly at moms. Missional Motherhood, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, and Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home are all titles related to the aspect of being a wife and mom. She’s also written other valuable books. You can find the link to her Amazon page here.
Rosaria has an incredible story and I’d encourage you to read every book she’s written. Being a former English Professor, she’s an incredibly gifted writer. Her newest book is incredible. The Gospel Comes with a House Key is a needed resource for men and women alike. It is all about a Christian hospitality and you can read my review here. Rosaria fills the pages with so many real examples and stories from her own life that I know you will leave feeling challenged.
You won’t go wrong with any teacher on this list. I’d be happy to help in any way I can, but let me always encourage you to seek the counsel of your pastor and elders. No matter if it’s men or women, we have to be discerning of who we are learning from. My favorite thing about the women on this list is that they would encourage you to read and know the Bible and not just take their word for it.