Help I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry

help i'm a woman.jpg I recently read this book as I thought it may be an aid to understanding ministry from a female perspective. It’s a quirky book in many ways as it ranges from exploring calling to advocating a hobby, from discussing accountabilty to giving housework strategies. For this reason I’ve not really felt able to review it as the book seems kind of sexist to me even though it’s subtitled as “practical empowerment”
But maybe it’s just a very practical and honest book and it is the first youth ministry book I’ve read that has made a strong case for the usefulness of Slow Cookers
I was at a meeting last night that was hosted by a female youth worker who had in fact cooked us a top notch meal. I mentioned this book and my uncertainty on what to do with it blogwise. It was rightly questioned why there wasn’t a “Help I’m a man in youth ministry?” book and some speculation as to whether, if there was one, it would advocate Microwave ovens as you were then able to eat when you were really disorganised and rushing!
Any attempt to disagree with the book though were undermined when the youth worker hosting us confessed that the meal had been cooked in a Slow Cooker!
I’m certain that this ramble has nothing to add to the gender debate and I continue to be glad that both Marsians and Venusians are involved in youth ministry!

2 Replies to “Help I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry”

  1. I have to confess that I have never read this book, as i have always been put off by the title… ‘Help! I’m a woman in youth ministry’ doesn’t seem like the most positive/empowering starting point. Since my ‘books to read’ pile is not far off becoming a library, I will probably leave this one for a while. Feminym sounds much better…

  2. Added anything?… just the odd stereotype or two 😉 Seriously have we really got to the stage where we have to have seperate books for Youth Ministry… I admit to finding this move (and others along the same line inc. Feminym – sorry Sarah)) worrying, should we not then have books specific for men as well what about class, colour, etc. Somehow it all seems a backward step to me… over simplistic, stereotyping in its own right, (why might a man not have the same issues or a woman different ones?… and men cook too you know!) are the tools and skills not basically the same… all need to contextualise their ministry according to environment, their personal experience, background, “client” base, spiritual situation, support, etc.
    IME the gender split on YM courses is pretty balanced.

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