Church of Christ , Pasadena, CA
their website: "We are a more
progressive Church of Christ that is gender inclusive. We try to live out our
Christian walks without the legalism and fundamentalism that has given so many
Churches of Christ a bad name. We want a second chance to live out our calling
in a fresh way that is enlivened by God's Holy Spirit...diligently trying to
University Church of Christ,
CA Rich Little, preaching
their web site: Leadership in worship is not limited to those
formally recognized as ministers and elders. You will see Christian men
and women from various walks of life taking active roles such as reading
Scripture, serving communion, and participating in prayers. We are
concerned to include all members in our worship in ways that are
biblical, orderly and meaningful.
added on 09/04/2013
Littleton Church of Christ Centennial,
CO Collin Packer, lead minister
their web site: "ReNew Worship
Our 10:30 am worship service is a place where you can listen, sing, and
engage in worship. The worship team is on-stage during the songs, video
is used throughout the service, and both men and women are involved in
various parts of the service. The ReNew service runs approximately 75
Valley Church of Christ Windsor, CT
Richard Maddeaux, Minister
congregation itself represents a diverse group of servants from a
variety of backgrounds; yet as a small congregation, we pursue the
integration of each person as an active participant in God's work in the
world. This includes welcoming both men and women to serve. Our belief,
after extensive study of scriptures, is that as far as God is concerned
there is no distinction between what a man or a woman may do in any
gathering of CVCC."
Stamford Church of Christ
Stamford, CT. Dale Pauls, Senior Pulpit Minister; Naomi
Walters, minister in residence.
"is a multi-racial, gender-inclusive Church of Christ. We honor
as our spiritual heritage those attempts that began in America early in the 19th
century to restore the life and spirit of Christianity as envisioned by Jesus
and his apostles." Another early leader in the full equality and
inclusion of women in all areas of church service, ministry, and leadership
Northlake Church of Christ,
, Senior Minister
"Because we believe
that every person has gifts to serve the church and the world, we welcome both
men and women to participate in all ministries and in our worship assemblies. If
you would like to learn more"
The Lakeview Church of Christ,
Sean Wicks, Minister
From an email from Sean Wicks:
The Lakeview Church of Christ in Chicago,
Illinois transitioned to being a fully gender-inclusive church in 2010.
Since the transition, Lakeview has a 5-person leadership team consisting of
2 women and three men; women regularly participate/have access to all
elements of our worship service, including leading worship, giving our
welcome address, delivering communion thoughts, praying, reading scripture,
making announcements, and preaching a sermon. We are trying to be a
gift-oriented church, concentrating on putting to work the gifts of each
person in our community.
added on 02-16-13
Church of Christ Franklin, Indiana Guy Langston, senior minister
email from a member/ex-elder:
"Women- Serve as Deacons and Ministry Leaders. Oversee communion, Serve
communion, Open the service, close the service, Lead the congregation in
prayed, Teach in mixed groups, are ministry Leaders. On two occasions
have given the Sunday morning lesson (Sermon if you wish), are on the
worship team, play instruments, sing solos, duets, etc."
added on 06/23/2014
Bowie Church of Christ in Bowie, Maryland
Winston Curry, Senior Minister
from Winston Curry: " ...
Bowie Church of Christ as a congregation that is Gender Inclusive."
of Christ in Columbia, Maryland
Email from K. Rex Butts, Leadership: "We
are a gender inclusive church which affirms the spiritual gifts of both
Christian men and women who serve with our church as ministry leaders during worship offering prayer, communion meditations, reading of
scripture, and serving on the worship team.
of Christ, Brookline, MA
ministers: Chad Smith, Nate Lollar, others
worshipping at Brookline you will notice that women participate in
public worship more than you may be used to in most Churches of
Christ.............Brookline seeks to use the gifts God has given us
without regard to gender because we have found two distinct imperatives
that compel us to do so. The first imperative is clear in the doctrine
of creation. God created humankind as equals-"male and female he created
Pittsfield Church of Christ,
Russell Moody II and Charles Young, ministers
"Our assemblies are
intentionally relaxed. Our leadership seeks to utilize the giftedness of
all our members. This means that men, women and children may be
participating in our worship under the oversight of our elders. We
understand the passages in both I Timothy and I Corinthians (often cited
to limit women's participation) to be a corrective of chaotic
circumstances. When "decency and order" and "edification" are the norm,
everyone is encouraged to participate."
Church of Christ Neighborhood Church, Ann
Arbor, MI Darryl Canty, minister
From email from Darryl Canty:
"At our church we
believe that women can do anything except be an elder."
added on 12/28/2012
Rochester Church of Christ,
Rochester Hills, MI. Adam Hill, Minister of the
Rochester Church is
committed to nurturing and empowering every
disciple to most faithfully utilize their
gifts in service to Christ, Christ’s
Kingdom, the church, and the world. To this
end, women regularly use their gifts in our
worship assemblies by reading scripture,
leading prayer, giving communion talks,
leading singing as a part of the praise team
and in solos, and participating in dramas.
Within our adult Bible classes, women serve
as part of our teaching teams, and regularly
teach adult Bible classes of both genders.
In addition, women are regularly invited to
co-preach alongside the Minister of the
Word. While women do serve as Ministry
Leaders and Pastoral Care Ministers (we do
not have “Deacons” as an office currently,
although, were it added, women would
certainly be included in that office), as of
now (Sept, 2013) women are not given the
role of Shepherd (elder) or Minister of the
Word. While not fully egalitarian at this
point, we are committed to justice and
inclusion and growth as we live out the
gifting and blessing of God together.
added on 12/28/2012
Trenton Church of Christ,
Charlton Taylor, Senior Minister
email from Charlton Taylor:
serve communion, give announcements, sing on a standing praise team,
read scripture, participate in drama
, teach, serve as
ministry leader and we also have women serving on our Vision Team, one
of our primary leadership teams.
Church of Christ, Troy, MI.
their web site: "After many years of studying
and prayerfully reflecting on women’s roles in our public gatherings, our church
family concluded that part of being true to Scripture was to include women in
various capacities while embracing unity and peace. The result is that both men
and women share in the responsibilities of serving during our assembly through
Communion, Bible Reading, Prayer and Testimony."
East Sunshine Church of
Christ, Springfield, MO
Deron Smith, preaching minister
Quoted from an
email from Deron Smith: "At this time, East Sunshine's
leadership has determined that elders and the preaching minister will be
roles for males, while all other ministries and leadership positions
include both men and women. This perspective comes from an
understanding that God gave men a responsibility to answer to Him for
the church family. There is a diversity of perspective in our
leadership and congregation, but we have landed on this decision as the
best for us right now. At East Sunshine, men and women pray; read
Scripture; share reflections and pray at the communion table; serve
communion; participate in praise team, dramas, testimonies, and
announcements, etc. We have women ministers, ministry leaders (our term
for deacons), and Bible class teachers/facilitators, and women have
participated in the same kind of teams/committees that men have been a
part of. Our goal is to base service, not so much on gender, but on
giftedness, passion, abilities, personality, and experiences, within the
leadership's understanding of male responsibility before God. We
believe that strong male leadership will nurture an environment in which
female leadership and giftedness thrives, not be suppressed."
Crossings Church of Christ, St. Louis, MO
Jeff Crider - preaching minister
their web site: "A
Traditional worship meets in the auditorium. This a cappella
worship is rich in the church of Christ heritage. A Contemporary
worship meets in the gym. This relaxed worship style is led by
both men and women, with instrumental music accompanying our
congregational praise. Our aim is that both worship experiences are
uplifting, relevant, Christ-centered, and God-honoring. Try one this
week and come back the next week to try the other!" (admin
Mid-county CofC, a previous listing in St. Louis, has merged with the
McKnight Road CofC to form McKnight Crossings.)
Monmouth Church of Christ,
Tinton Falls, NJ
From an email from Ashok
Bruno, Elder, Monmouth Church of Christ: "We
allow women to serve as deacons, welcome the congregation, read
scripture, and make announcements." The following link is to a
MS Word 97 document on their web site regarding the role of women at
I have converted the document to html for those who do not have access
to MS Word 97:
Role of Women
Los Alamos Church of Christ,
Los Alamos, NM
Tim Stidham Pulpit Minister
"Service in worship is
not limited to those formally recognized as ministers or elders. We
believe in the priesthood of all believers. You will see Christian men
and women from various walks of life taking active roles such as reading
Scripture, preparing us for communion, and participating in prayers. We
want to include all members in our worship in ways that are, biblical,
orderly and meaningful."
addition on 11-05-12
of Christ, Albuquerque, NM Pulpit
minister position: open at this time
Received from a member: "We
only recently enacted a policy to allow women to SERVE communion,
deliver messages for the bread and fruit of the vine and the offering
message. Today, for the first time, one of our former elders' wives
BAPTIZED a woman with whom she has been studying. The elders are now
ALWAYS accompanied by their wives...in encouraging people to come
forward at the end of services, in attending training programs for
elders, etc....... We have an excellent Praise Team and Worship Leader,
our services are wonderful. We also have a female Children's minister
and had a female Administrative minister......"
Church of Christ New York, NY Dr. Thomas
Robinson, Senior Minister
"A community of people on a spiritual journey
together. We are striving to grow in devotion to God and in service to people."
Not fully gender inclusive at leadership level at this time but was
one of the leaders in including females in most areas of church service,
ministry, worship, and teaching. They have gender equality and inclusive
teaching material on their resources page.
Church of Christ, West Islip, New York Jesse Pettengill,
to serving the community and spreading the ministry of Jesus. We praise
God joyfully and reflectively in worship services designed to let everyone
participate—men and women, young and old." This congregation is an
early leader in the gender equality and gender inclusive movement. It had
the first husband and wife preaching team in the churches of Christ. West
Islip is fully inclusive at all levels of church involvement and leadership.
Cole Mill Road Church
of Christ Durham, NC
Patrick Messer, pulpit minister
from Patrick Messer:
- Lead singing,
prayers, communion meditations, and welcome in worship service along
with serving communion
- Teach classes
of all ages with participants of any gender
- Serve as
Youth and Families Minister
- Serve on our
Ministry Coordinating Committee (replacement for deacons) to lead
various ministries of our church
Ministry leaders listed on website along with rest of MCC members
Providence Road Church of Christ,
Charlotte, NC Jeff Walling,
Providence Road has two unique services. The early service is a
traditional service. The late service is a contemporary service
which includes female participation in the service as noted by an online
video on their web site explaining their services.
of Christ , Edmond, OK
information was received via email from Linda King, Adult Education:
"Dayspring Church of
Christ in Edmond, Oklahoma, has been practicing gender equality (or as
some describe it, full gift inclusivity) for over 15 years. We have no
gender-specific offices, roles, or traditions in our congregation's life
Agape Church of Christ,
Portland, Or Ron Clark,
from Ron Clark: "is fully
gender inclusive church that is focused on outreach and empowering people,
especially women, to do ministry."
addition on 08/07/2013
East County Church of
Christ, Gresham, Or Lewis
Received by email from a
County Church of Christ, in Gresham, Oregon, is gender inclusive and may
be added to your list, with A, B, and C applying. Women sometimes lead
prayer, give communion talks, serve communion, sing on praise teams,
teach mixed auditorium classes, do guest preaching, and serve as
ministry servants (deacons)."
Westside Church of
Christ, Hillsboro, Or Aaron Metcalf,
Verified by email: "Westside Church of Christ in Hillsboro, Oregon is gender-inclusive in
worship, teaching and most leadership (we don't have women serving in
the role of elder at this time). Women do lead worship, pray and read
scripture publicly, lead the L.S., teach adult bible classes and help
lead Westside's overall ministry efforts."
Church of Christ, Exerter Township, Reading, PA Chip
Received the following from a
think it's even more remarkable how natural it is, and that there are no
male voices saying in essence that they are "allowing" women to enjoy an
extended role in the assembly. I am not saying at all that it's an equal
participation, but that our differences deepen our worship. Everything
is done with the utmost consideration, love and respect for each other.
There is no one making anyone feel like we are more, and you are less.
More like, we all our different and we are all useful in different
Maury Hill Church,
Columbia, TN. Russ Adcox, senior minister
Published on their website:
Our belief is that women can participate in any
activity of the assembly and serve in any capacity of the church with
the exception of serving as an elder or senior minister.
Otter Creek Church of Christ,
Executive Minister; Josh Graves, Preaching &
Otter Creek Church
invites men and women to serve, based
on giftedness, in ministry, worship
gatherings (communion, prayers, music,
readings, testimony), deacon/deaconess
oversight leadership, all forms of adult
education and spiritual formation. We are
still wrestling with what it means to be a
community based on giftedness through
Woodmont Hills Family of
God, Nashville, TN Dean
Barham, senior minister
received by email: "Woodmont
Hills church announced a policy change today that should merit its
inclusion on your list. They now allow women to serve in all roles other
than elder, pulpit minister, worship leader. They can be other types of
ministers, serve as deacons, lead prayers, read scripture, speak and
give devotional messages, serve communion, serve on praise team, teach
adult bible classes."
Bering Drive Church of Christ
Houston, TX. Dr. Jeff Christian, Preaching Minister
the oldest fully gender inclusive church in Texas with
"a mission to bring people into a relationship with God, in a community
of Jesus' disciples, seeking Biblical, nondenominational Christianity, and
serving others in the compassion and power of the Holy Spirit."
This congregation has women presently serving in eldership, ministry,
and worship leadership.
Burke Road Church,
Pasedena, TX Ken
Boggs, preaching minister
church has male and female deacons listed on their website.
Highland Church of Christ
Abilene, TX Jonathan
Storment, preaching minister
Church of Christ is not totally inclusive at this time but it does have
several women ministers on staff and women are utilized in the worship."
Heights Church of Christ
Houston, TX Dr.
Lynn Mitchell, preacher
Ann Bayliss, co-preacher
Ann Bayliss, our new co-preacher, to Heights Church of Christ!"
This is a fully egalitarian
Church of Christ.
Street Church of Christ Abilene, TX. Stan Baldwin,
Mercy Street Church of Christ is a new church planting that is a multi-racial, multi-cultural,
gender-inclusive Church of Christ. Read about this Church of Christ in an
article published by the
ReporterNews.com, an online news site for Abilene,
added on July 13, 2013
Minter Lane Church of
Christ Abilene, TX. Albert
Acosta, pulpit minister
via email from Albert Acosta: "We
currently are characterized by the categories A and B".
Plymouth Park Church of
Irving, TX John Ketchersid,
personal conversation with John Ketchersid. An ecumenical,
gender-inclusive, kingdom-centered body of Christians serving the city of
Irving, TX. This congregation is fully gender inclusive at all levels of
service, ministry, and leadership.
Preston Road Church
of Christ, Dallas, TX Wade
Hodges, lead minister
in an email from Wade Hodges: "women pass communion and
read scripture on Sunday mornings. Also make announcement.
Women teach co-ed classes on Sunday mornings on some occassions."
Southwest Central Church of Christ,
- Pastoral Care Minister
From their website:
"Another tradition we have here at SWC is the participation of women in
our worship services in prayer, reading or serving the Lord’s Supper.
After years of study, we have come to see God leading us to this
practice as a way of declaring that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor
Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are
all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28)."
Church, Mansfield, TX Lonnie Gentry,
Southwind is a fully egalitarian church.
From an email from Lonnie Gentry:
"We are a young and small church, but we are fully committed to gender
inclusiveness. At Southwind, a woman can do anything a man can do. Women
serve on our board, as shepherds, lead worship, have preached, etc."
From the website: "Many
(but certainly not all) of our members have backgrounds in Churches of
Christ and/or Christian Churches. As a result, we participate in some
activities associated with these churches (like Leadership Training for
Christ). In belief and practice we are at the more progressive end of
this fellowship (compare The Hills Church of Christ or Compass Christian
Ridge Church of Christ, San Antonio, TX.
John Harp, Senior Minister
their website: "We are a gift-inclusive church, meaning leadership in
worship is not limited to men or those formally recognized as ministers
or elders. You will see both men and women taking an active role using
their gifts such as leading singing, reading Scripture, presiding over
and serving communion, and participating in prayers. We strive to
include all members in our worship in ways that we believe are biblical,
orderly and meaningful."
Tahoka Church of Christ,
Tahoka, TX. Steve Bonner, Minister
"Women have been
included in the worship by serving communion, making announcements, and
reading Scripture." and a
conversation with three members on 04/28/2012: "Two women will
be installed as deacons on Sunday, May 6, 2012"
The Hills Church
(Richland Hills Church of Christ):
North Richland Hills,
TX. Rick Atchely, Minister
following information is supplied by a member:
"we have women leading
prayers in worship, also on occasion, little
girls leading prayers in worship and reading Scripture in worship, also
women leading worship. We are working toward getting women to
serve communion and to usher"
The Hills Church of Christ West Ft. Worth Campus Ft. Worth, TX
The Vine Church,
a church of Christ fellowship,
Temple, TX Sean Palmer, minister
from a member email: "We have women
ministry leaders, women teach mixed adult classes, women have made
announcements, women sing solos and sing on our praise team, voice
prayers in small groups, lead prayer on Wednesday nights, and make
Wednesday night devotional talks.
sing both accapella and instrumental, but more instrumental. We have long been
considered the more progressive and non-traditional church of Christ in our
University Avenue Church
of Christ, Austin, TX Eddie Sharp,
their website: "Thank you for your interest in University Avenue
Church of Christ. In our worship services, women are asked to sing, read
Scripture, offer prayers, make announcements, and help
with the Lord’s Supper."
added on 05/30/2013
of Christ, Roanoke, VA Keith
from member Mike Brown: "Roanoke became gender inclusive in the early
90s after a period of study and discernment."
From their website: "With
firm conviction that the scriptures teach the redeeming act
of Christ on the cross has broken down all barriers between
humankind, and after many years of prayer and study, we of
the Roanoke Church of Christ now recognize the contributing
gifts and talents of all the redeemed, regardless of
gender. This, along with the other ministries of this
church, has given us the greatest sense of mission and
purpose we have ever known. If you are a newcomer, we
welcome you and invite you to join us in the grace and
freedom of Jesus Christ our Lord.”
added on 01/05/2013
Springfield Church of Christ,
their website: Everyone is invited to participate in our
worship services. On any given Sunday, we may have men, women, the young
and the old singing, reading scripture, serving communion and leading
prayer. For some in our tradition, this is unusual. You are invited to
read our thoughts on this
added on 04/24/2013
Federal Way Church of
Christ, Federal Way, WA Ben Ries, preaching
by email from Ben Ries:
"If you were to
come on a Sunday morning you will find both male and female voices present
in our worship. Women will often lead our welcome/call to worship, read
scripture, pray, pass communion trays, lead our practice of dwelling (a kind
of lectio divina) and share testimony. Women also teach adult bible classes,
sometimes by themselves, sometimes in partnership with others. We also have
a women ministry leaders (aka deaconesses) and a woman youth minister who
leads our 7th-12th grade ministry."
Mandrake Road Church of Christ, Madison, WI
Roy Ratcliff, minister & elder
email from Roy Ratcliff: "we use women in the worship to help lead worship by
and Bible reading, we use women to teach
adult Bible classes, and
we have a woman
Followers of Christ,
Brantford, Ontario Rick Gamble, minister
from an email from Rick:
"Women participate in every aspect of our worship, including leading
communion and preaching, and Susan is our worship leader. It's truly
remarkable what God can do and how he can bless his people when you
unshackle more than 50 per cent of his people to attain their full
most churches from our heritage, we also involve women in congregational
leadership. Our leaders are identified through an extensive Spiritual
Gifts investigation we do every three years or so, and gender is not
used to exclude anyone."
(Followers of Christ is a Restoration Movement
church with roots in the Churches of Christ. Also, Rick publishes
an email titled Cross Current, which is a true, historical story
with a Christian application. The archive for Cross Current is on
my personal web site at
Stoney Creek Church of Christ
From an email a member: "women serve
by being worship leaders, leading prayers, and serving communion...women
teach at all levels, including adult classes...one woman on our Servant
Church of Christ, Victoria Daniel Patstone, associate
Women serve as deacons and are identified on their web
Church of Christ in Asmara:
13 Nakfa Avenue, Asmara,
congregation does not have a web site at the present time.
"We regard each member here regardless of being a woman and man
to be equal before the Lord. We are no longer under the law but walk
in the grace Jesus brought to us through redemption. Paul tells us,
"After that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
For [we] are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" (vv.
25-26, KJV). He declares that when we come to faith we will see
"there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for [we] are all one in Christ
Jesus" (v. 28). We believe that a church, which has not yet come
into a proper relationship with the Holy Spirit, is living without a
true understanding of God's divine order for mankind! The Bible
gives many examples of women who provided godly leadership. Deborah
was appointed by God as a judge, prophetess and general in the army.
She was able to tell Barak what God had said to her, and Barak then
declared he would not go to battle without her (see Judges. 4:4-8).
Do not be amazed when you visit us during our worship, we have
sisters participating in leadership roles during the sermon, giving,
teaching and street evangelism. Moreover there are many women than
men in our congregation. Ladies at this congregation help in various
outreach ministry areas like prayers, serve communion, lead songs,
and teach in various ministries."
Body of Christ,
Olekasasi "B", apx one hour drive from Nairobi, Steven Olioch, elder
congregation does not have a web site at the present time.
received in an
are currently having no legitimate post box, however, email address
contact can do for anyone to reach us. Our church is: Body of Christ, we
have elders and deacons, we have ladies preaching, teaching etc. Its a
free church based on the teachings in the bible, we have no power of our
own to eliminate anyone's work."