Recommended Resources from the Panel of 'Headship and the Bible'

by Jacqui Grey
20th September 2022

The recent Masterclass on headship and women provoked many questions and much discussion. Here are some recommended resources to help you explore further some of the issues raised.

Top Recommendations from Dr Ally Cawthorn:

Podcast: Lisa Harper’s Back Porch Theology: What God Says About Women

Book: Deborah Candler, Framed: Settling the Gender Agenda-How Ancient Wisdom Informs Modern Christianity. See

Book: Kris Vallotton, Fashioned to Reign: Empowering Women to Fulfill Their Divine Destiny. Chosen Books, 2013).

Top Recommendations from Dr David Parker:

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Top Recommendations from Prof Jacqui Grey:

Website Resources: Marg Mowczko: Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism.

Book: Ronald Pierce (et al), Discovering Biblical Equality: Biblical, Theological, Cultural & Practical Perspectives. 3rd Ed. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2021.

Book: Lucy Peppiatt, Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019.

Podcast: Everyday Theology S1 EP:17 ‘Approaching Patriarchy in Scripture with Carolyn Custis James’

Book: Carolyn Custis James, Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World. Grand Rapids, MI: HarperCollins, 2015.

Craig Keener, Paul, Women and Wives: Marriage and Women’s Ministry in the Letters of Paul. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1992

Website resources: Christians for Biblical Equality -


Theological Resources:

Caroline Custis James, Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010

Graham Hill, Holding Up Half the Sky: A Biblical Case for Women Leading and Teaching in the Church. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2020.

Kevin Giles, What the Bible Actually Teaches on Women. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018.

Shane Clifton & Jacqueline Grey (eds), Raising Women Leaders: Perspectives on Liberating Women in Pentecostal Charismatic Contexts, APS Sup 3, Sydney: APS, 2009. (available on kindle)

Biblical Resources:

Alice Mathews, Gender Roles and the People of God: Rethinking What We Were Taught About Men and Women in the Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.

Cynthia Long Westfall, Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.

Women in Early Christian History:

Lyn Cohick, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.

Practical Resources:

Kadi Cole, Developing Female Leaders: Navigate the Minefields and Release the Potential of Women in Your Church. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2019.

Karoline M. Lewis, She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2016.

Robyn Wilkerson, Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling: A Coaching Strategy for Women Leaders in Ministry. Springfield, MI: Influence Resources, 2017.

Aimee Byrd, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Recover Her Purpose. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2020.