Missio Alliance is pleased to join The Center for Women in Leadership in hosting Tov for Women: Creating Cultures where Women Can Thrive, Friday, October 22. This in-person and on-line event will feature honest dialogue with Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer alongside other ministry leaders like Helen Lee, Shamara Burton, and more.
Organizer Rev. Tracey Bianchi of the Center for Women in Leadership at Northern Seminary is excited for how the event will help church leaders with good intentions address the complexities of empowering women leaders.
“Even in churches that boldly proclaim support for women leaders, it gets messy. Old habits are hard to break, and organizations do not instantly become amicable to women just because one is suddenly in a senior role,” say Bianchi. “Power dynamics are always at play and the risk of creating a toxic culture is high.”
Dr. Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer write about these toxins in their book, A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture that Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing. Together, they speak about the intersection of power, celebrity, and the church. Drawing on the word tov, a Hebrew word for goodness, they call us to look closely at the abuses of power that have led to the fractured and fallen leaders that litter the landscape of American churches today.
You can learn more about the event and register HERE.