Together in Ministry
Women and men are designed to work together in fulfilling God's mission on earth. Yet God's original intent for equal partnership has been so distorted that churches and organizations continually struggle to foster healthy mixed-gender ministry collaboration. Is it even possible to return to the Genesis ideal of co-laborers in today's contexts?
Longtime ministry leader Rob Dixon knows it's possible—though it takes intentionality, courage, and wisdom. Based on qualitative field research among ministry practitioners, Together in Ministry offers a prophetic roadmap for individuals and communities as they seek to develop flourishing ministry partnerships for women and men.
Organized around the key domains of inner life, community culture, and intentional practices, this model identifies ten key attributes of partnerships that are both personally satisfying and missionally effective. For each attribute Dixon presents research findings and biblical examples, along with benefits, barriers, and practical next steps. With plenty of real-life stories from ministry leaders and reflection questions in each chapter, Together in Ministry casts a compelling—and encouraging—vision for flourishing partnerships and equips teams and individuals with next steps for making that vision a reality.
"Deeply biblical and rigorously practical, Together in Ministry gives ministries the tools needed tools to benefit from God's design for healthy partnerships between women and men. The book challenged me to embrace the intentional practices Rob Dixon lays out and to foster the kind of culture that helps partnerships thrive."
"In this research-based and immensely practical book, Rob Dixon presents a model describing how men and women can develop flourishing partnerships in ministry. The book is winsome and transparent, laying out both benefits and barriers to mixed-gender ministry collaboration. Full of practical suggestions for successful partnerships, this book is a must-read for all Christians living out our calling as brothers and sisters in the body of Christ."
1. The Together in Ministry Model
Section 1: Inner Life
2. Authentic Learner's Posture
3. Shared Theological Conviction of Gender Equality
4. Awareness of Gender Brokenness
Section 2: Community Culture
5. Vision for Freely Shared Power
6. Differences unto Mission
7. Value for Holistic Friendships
8. Corporate Sensitivity to Adverse Gender Dynamics
Section 3: Intentional Practices
9. Abundant Communication
10. Contextualized Boundaries
11. Public Affirmation and Modeling
12. Together in Ministry