Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry, By Stanley J. Grenz and Denise Muir Kjesbo

Women in the Church

A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry

by Stanley J. Grenz and Denise Muir Kjesbo

Women in the Church
  • Length: 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: November 03, 1995
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1862
  • ISBN: 9780830818624

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Studies of key biblical passages on women's roles in the church fill entire bookshelves, if not libraries. But in Women in the Church, Stanley Grenz and Denise Muir Kjesbo offer the first in-depth theological study of this issue--one of the most bitterly contested issues of our day.

Carefully considering the biblical, historical and practical concerns surrounding women and the ordained ministry, this book will enlighten people on all sides of the issue. But Grenz and Kjesbo make no secret of their bold conclusion: 'Historical, biblical and theological considerations converge not only in allowing, but also in insisting, that women serve as full partners with men.' Thorough and irenic, Women in the Church bids to take an intense discussion to a new plane.

"Fair both on different sides of the debate and on the various approaches to the issue, Women in the Church offers important new insights to the discussion. The book deserves a wide hearing."

Craig S. Keener

"With its innovative approach, this book deserves to be read by all who seek new insights on the equality and ministry of women."

Catherine Clark Kroeger


1. Women in the Churches
2. Women in Church History
3. Women in the Faith Community
4. Women in the Writings of Paul
5. Women in Creation
6. Women in the Church the Priesthood
7. Women in the Ordained Ministry



Works Cited

Name Subject Index

Scripture Index


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Stanley J. Grenz

Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a D.Theol. From the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg.

Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (2004). His other books include The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei (Westminster John Knox), Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context (with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics (IVP), A Primer on Postmodernism (Eerdmans), Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), Revisioning Evangelical Theology: A Fresh Agenda for the 21st Century (IVP), and The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options (IVP). He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (with Roger E. Olson), Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (with Jay T. Smith), and Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Christian Scholar's Review, Theology Today and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.

Denise Muir Kjesbo is director of children's and family ministry at Bethel University. She has taught at North American Baptist Seminary at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kjesbo has been involved in children's and family ministry from small church plants to large established churches. She has been a workshop presenter for two curriculum publishing companies, trabeling throughout the United States and Canada to train and equip those serving in children's and family ministry. Kjesbo is the co-author of Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry, as well as numerous magazine and journal articles.