New Book Explores Women’s Leadership In and Beyond the Church
Carolyn Moore has released a new book focused on women’s leadership, both in and beyond the local church. The work, entitled When Women Lead: Embrace Your Authority, Move Beyond Barriers, and Find Joy in Leading Others, targets not only women who lead but those who want to better understand the dynamics of female leadership so they can better support women who are called and anointed for positions of influence.
“I wrote a book on what happens when women lead, because it was the resource I went looking for (and couldn’t find) when I was trying to figure out just what ministry leadership ought to look like for someone like me,” writes Moore. “This book was born out of one burning question that formed over more than two decades of ministry: What barriers do women leaders face, and what strategies will equip them to lead past those barriers so they can lead effectively?”
Moore has been engaged in pastoral leadership in the United Methodist Church for more than 24 years. She writes about the challenges she has personally faced, but focuses a significant part of the book on research beyond the church world, offering wisdom from business journals, psychological studies, and academic works that explored from a secular perspective the differences between how men and women lead. She also reflects on conversations with dozens of pastors, ministry leaders, and industry leaders beyond the church — many of them female entrepreneurs.
When Women Lead is a word born out of research to help men and women both better understand the unique leadership challenges of women, for the sake of building a better leader for the cause of Christ. It is a word born out of experience to help women design strategies so they can flourish in life and work. It is a word of encouragement to help women hold more realistic expectations about what is, so they will employ more effective strategies for living into their call. It is also a word of grace for men who want to support women who lead, who believe God wants everyone on deck who is gifted, called, and anointed for the work of advancing his Kingdom. This book is a word of hope for all those faithful people trying to live out the call to serve Christ well and who crave healthy partnerships in that work.
“My deep prayer as When Women Lead launches into the world,” reflects Moore, “is that it will be an offering worthy of blessing Christ’s Church. May the next generation of women who serve that cause find joy in leading others because they are better equipped to take this world as it is, and offer Christ.”
When Women Lead is a joint publication of Zondervan and Seedbed, and can be purchased on the Seedbed website or wherever books are sold. Find more about the book at ReadWhenWomenLead.com
Carolyn Moore is the founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia. She holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. She co-hosts a podcast and writes on topics of holiness healing supernatural ministry, and Wesleyan Theology at artofholiness.com.