I read a hilarious observation this week. “Imagine thinking it’s ok to hear the gospel preached from a cartoon tomato but not a real life woman” (Jaymes Lackey).
In case you didn’t grow up in the Christian culture, that’s a reference to the wildly popular show Veggie Tales that featured Bible teaching from cartoon vegetables. But the point is that women continue to have to fight for a place in the Church. That needs to change, and more of us guys need to find ways to elevate the women leading well around us.
In a recent conversation I heard an oft-repeated joke about how as men we can’t let our wife make more money than us. It was said in jest, but it represents a very real reality that men often struggle with. In case you’re wondering, my wife makes the primary income in our family these days. And we’re both okay with it. There’s no way I could do what I’m doing with Communion Wine Co. without her. We’ve actually alternated on who made more money throughout our marriage. Before you think less of me (or my hard-working wife), consider an observation that one of Jesus’ disciples made.
“Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.” Luke 8:1-3
Jesus’ ministry was largely funded by women. Today He’d likely be criticized for this. Was His ministry model inadequate? Or do we need to keep adjusting how we not only include women, but learn to put ourselves in a dependent relationship with them?
I’m grateful to live with a strong woman who models it for me daily. But perhaps you haven’t seen many good examples of it. If that’s the case—or if you just want to take further steps in this direction—here are a number of Christian women that I follow and admire the work they do. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but it can get you going in the right direction.
- Michelle Jernigan (my wife) MichelleJernigan.com
- Lisa Jernigan (my mom) AmplifyPeace.com
- Danielle Strickland: LinkTree
- Bri Johns: Instagram
- Brooke Norton: BrookeSara.com
- Dr. Katie Blake: DrKatieBlake.com
- Lisa Goetze: LisaGoetze.com
- Karmyn Bokma: Instagram
- Beth Moore: LinkTree
- Sandra Maria Van Opstal: Instagram
- Cara Meredith: LinkTree
- D.L. Mayfield: LinkTree
- Sarah Carter: SarahCarterStudio.com
- Rachel Elizabeth Cargle: LinkTree
- Kadi Cole: LinkTree
- Kat Armas: LinkTree
- Meagan DiMercurio: MeaganGibsonPhotography.com