From Simple Affirmation to Sacred Alliance
The Sacred Alliance is a community a women and men co-laboring for equity and wholeness. One of the ways we can collaborate toward ministries that are more whole and equitable is by being strong allies for women who are called to leadership in ministry. We want to gather your stories -- Stories of encouragement and discouragement, successes and setbacks, examples to strive for and to move beyond. If you have experience in ministry, whether you are male or female, you likely have a story to share. And your story can help the Sacred Alliance as we provide resources for leaders and churches.

The prompts below offer opportunities to share different parts of your story. Share as much or as little as you like - but please honor the privacy of others involved in the story by not including names of people or institutions. You can share anonymously, or provide your name and contact information.

Don't try to answer every question. Focus on the topics that connect with you and your experience.

Won't you share your stories with us?
I am a . . .
My current or most recent position in ministry is . . . (e.g. Senior Pastor, church board member, lay leader, etc.)
Your answer
Where are you located? (State/Province, Country)
Your answer
With what denomination or branch of Christianity are you affiliated? (e.g. Wesleyan, Church of Canada, non-denominational)
Your answer
What is one of the most supportive and affirming things you've witnessed or experienced regarding support for women in ministry leadership?
Your answer
Share a story about barriers to women serving in ministry leadership that you've witnessed or experienced.
Your answer
Share a story about someone in your life who demonstrates strong support for women in ministry leadership. (Please do not include identifying information.) What does this person do to show support, specifically?
Your answer
What are some subtle ways ministry leaders show resistance to women in ministry leadership? Provide some specific examples if you can.
Your answer
What are some subtle ways ministry leaders show support for women in ministry leadership? Provide some specific examples if you can.
Your answer
Share the story of how you changed your mind about women in ministry leadership.
Your answer
Share a story about women and men working together effectively in ministry.
Your answer
What are some things that need to change in your ministry context if women and men are going to work together effectively?
Your answer
Share a story about the ways your ministry context models support for women and men working together in ministry?
Your answer
Sometimes people make comments to or about female ministry leaders that they probably wouldn't make to or about male ministry leaders. What are some things people have said to you? What do you wish people wouldn't say?
Your answer
May we include any of your answers above in resources and publications, such as the Sacred Alliance website, curriculum, etc? (We will exclude any identifying information.)
If you answered "yes", what kind of attribution would you prefer?
Full Name (optional)
Your answer
Email address (optional)
Your answer
Thank you for sharing your stories with The Sacred Alliance! We know these stories are a part of who you are, and we will treat them with care and dignity. Please follow us on social media to stay informed about upcoming resources and events.
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