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"This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased." - Matthew 3:17

The difficulty with the love of God is that the human heart assumes it has to earn God’s love, or at least work hard to justify receiving it. It’s very difficult for the broken human soul to conceive or think about a love that is not earned. We assume that love is contingent upon our performance. We think, “I love you because of how you treat me” or “I love you because of what you do for me.” “I love you because you’re such a nice person.” All of these are a love that is responsive. Only responding to certain conditions that elicit our love.
 
The love of God, however, is a motivating love. It requires no performance. It is self-giving love that flows from a nature that loves us always; whether we are high capacity producers or not.
 
For us to somehow presume that we must earn God‘s love through our behavior or justify God loving us by living up to production standards sends a signal to God that His love is counterfeit. Do we really mean to do that? Probably not. But our own brokenness has jaded our understanding of love to such limitations.
 
The love of God is unconditional. It is not tied to performance or output. It is in the love of God that the human heart finds ultimate shalom. Rest in the love of God and be affirmed that you are a child of God.

Blessings,

Kevin




The Wesleyan-Holiness tradition of Christianity affirms women in leadership at all levels in churches because of the teachings of Scripture, longstanding tradition of empowering women in pastoral leadership, and manifest evidence of God’s work in their ministries.

Challenges to Women in Christian Ministry
While Wesleyan-Holiness leaders, pastors, and scholars have affirmed women in ministry sincethe earliest days of the  movement,  many  outside  of  these  circles  do  not.  With the growth  ofhigh  profile pastors, social media, and contemporary tools of communication, many voices can be heard who do not affirm, or even condemn women  in ministry.

Although these voices are not Wesleyan-Holiness voices, many church goers do not understand the harm these can cause. With easy access to teaching that condemns women in ministry, casual listeners may come to think of this as truth. As more women are called into leadership positions in the Church, a culture of strict boundaries fueled by such teaching will penalize women and communicate that they are untrustworthy or even shameful because of their gender.

Stream of Wesleyan-Holiness Advocacy
The role  of women  in ministry in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition began as a small but vibrant spring. While John Wesley himself did not ordain anyone as clergy, he broke from his Church of  England’s tradition and first licensed Sarah Crosby followed by many other women preachers as part of the Methodist movement who were influential as participants in the revivals which birthed the Holiness movement. Phoebe Palmer, a Methodist in the holiness revivals, arose as spirit-filled preacher whose writing would affirm the call to preach in the lives of many, including Catherine Booth.

This  empowerment set the stage for the visible role that women would play in the the Wesleyan-Holiness movement around the world.

Despite early advocacy, our stream still leaves us with proportionately fewer women clergy than in the early days of the Wesleyan-Holiness movement. Our  heritage prompts us to name, cultivate, and affirm the call to ordained ministry for women to lead our congregations today.

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