5 Episodes of Seminary Dropout to Listen to Leading up to SheLeads this Saturday

Have you registered? SheLeads is this Saturday! To celebrate I’m looking back at 5 episodes of Seminary Dropout that you should listen to leading up to SheLeads.

1. Episode 171 – Mandy Smith, Author of ‘The Vulnerable Pastor’ and Director of SheLeads 2017

Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today publications, and the Missio Alliance blog, and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP).

On this episode Mandy discusses being a woman lead pastor and her experiences of working together with men in ministry. Mandy is directing SheLeads this year!


2. Episode 25 – Sarah Bessey, Author of ‘Jesus Feminist’
Sarah Bessey is the author of “Jesus Feminist.” She is an award-winning blogger at www.sarahbessey.com and a writer. Her latest book is Out of Sorts: Making Peace with Evolving Faith.

Back in 2013 Sarah was first on Seminary Dropout to talk about her then new book, ‘Jesus Feminist’. We talked about the different ways she had been responded to within the church, and how Jesus affirms the gifts, calling, and humanity of women.


3. Episode 157- Tish Harrison Warren & Jonathan Warren: A Biblical, Historical, and Pastoral Defense of Women in Ministry

Married couple, Tish Harrison Warren & Jonathan Warren are Co-Associate Rectors at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA. Tish writes regularly for The Well, InterVarsity’s online magazine for women in the academy, and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Christ and Pop CultureArt House America,  Anglicanpastor.comand elsewhere. She’s also the author of ‘Liturgy of the Ordinary’, from IVP.

Jonathan & Tish are often asked to give their reasons for affirming women’s ordination. As people deeply committed to the authority of scripture, they take these positions very seriously. They wanted one place where they could exhaustively lay out their case for their stance, and I was more than happy to make Seminary Dropout be that place. This is one of my all time favorite episodes and one that I’ll point to when people ask me how I myself can affirm women in ministry.


4. Episode 115: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson “When We Measure the Church by American Standards… …We Strangle the Beauty of the Cross.”

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is a leader, speaker, writer, and anti-human trafficking advocate. Natasha has studied education in racial reconciliation, prayer and fasting, and biblical justice. She love’s passionately serving God and his people, bringing Him glory, and pursuing His kingdom work by sharing and living as she puts it ‘in the redemptive power of the cross’. In addition to being a wife and the mother, she’s dedicated her adult life to equipping, nurturing, and empowering a generation of leaders, mentoring and teaching women; and promoting education while serving and uplifting her community.

Natasha joined me to talk about her book ‘Mentor for Life’. It’s clear from the interview that Natasha has a heart and a gift for men and women to not just be “church members”, but truly be growing disciples of Christ.


5. Episode 99: Jackie Roese on Reshaping Our View of Women in the Church

Dr. Jackie Roese grew up in upstate New York in a non-christian family. She received her Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Seminary in 2010. She has written fifteen Bible studies and is willing to push us to MORE. Jackie translates the Bible with direct application to our everyday lives.

Jackie joined me to talk about her book ‘Lime Green: Reshaping Our View of Women in the Church‘. Jackie told her own story of being called by God to shepherd and pastor people, and the struggle she’s experienced within the church.
FYI Jackie will be a panelist at the regional SheLeads venue in Austin!