for around 80 years Churches of Christ in Australia has been recognising and ordaining women for ministry. Currently in South Australia there appears to be a signicficant under representation of women in senior leadership position in churches and other contexts. Why is this so?
In the attached audio, Mark Riessen (Mission & Ministry Director for Churches of Christ in SA & NT) interviews Rev Dr Melinda Cousins (Old Testament lecturer at Tabor College and Director of Ministry Accreditation for Baptist Churches SA & NT) and Rev Dr Merryl Blair (Old Testament lecturer at Stirling Theological College and member of the ministry endorsement committee for Churches of Christ in Victoria & Tasmania).
Hear their stories, some theological, biblical and ecclesiological reflections on women in ministry followed by a Q&A.
Attached is an article written by Dr Stephen Spence which serves as a helpful background to the conversation.
For the past 15 years there have been spikes in conversations about the need for an accreditation and renewable accreditation program for people called into ministry with Churches of Christ in SA & NT. During this time there have been various attempts to launch an accreditation program but there has not yet been one locked into place.
Mission and Ministry Director, Mark Riessen, interviews Rev Dr Merryl Blair who is involved in accreditation for Churches of Christ ministers in Victoria and Tasmania and Rev Dr Melinda Cousins who is the Director of Ministry Accreditation for Baptist ministers in SA & NT. They discuss the value of ongoing ministry formation and professional development through engaging an accreditation program. They reflect on the experience of this, lessons learned and the importance of having one in place.
This was followed by a Q&A.