I have continued to track the lively conversation that has been taking place on Jonathan Brink’s blog since he raised the question about the new Origins project and their all-male core leadership team. (You can check his first post here, and his follow-up post here.)
Since those posts went up, some interesting (and I believe, quite positive) developments have occurred.
Dan Kimball, pastor of Vintage Faith Church and one of the leaders of Origins, did engage the conversation on Jonathan’s blog; and after I mentioned this conversation in my last post and affirmed Jonathan’s actions…Dan was good enough to come here and comment on that post as well. I won’t reiterate what he said, or how I responded; you can click the link and see for yourself. But one of the things I mentioned was that possibly the layout of Origins’ website should be changed to better reflect the balance of leadership that Dan claims they actually have.
At the time of this writing, I haven’t heard back from Dan, and I don’t know whether this happened as a result of our interaction here…but when I checked the Origins website tonight, their leadership page has dramatically changed. Instead of having the six men who formed the “core team” at the top of the roster…those pictures are now interspersed with the Creative Teams, a blend of men and women, and although men still comprise the majority…I have to say it looks a lot less intimidating, and a lot more balanced. And, I might add, it reflects much better the structure of Origins’ leadership as Dan described it to me.
At this point, it doesn’t matter to me whether Origins actually changed their leadership structure, or whether they simply changed the layout because they realized they were miscommunicating their intentions. (Dan seems to be saying the leadership has been gender-balanced the entire time.) But the point is…they responded. They made a change on their website to reflect a more balanced leadership team, one that is much more inclusive of and favorable to women. And for this–I commend them.
Just in case anyone has been wondering…I promise I am not changing the focus of this blog to an exclusive campaign for the equality of women in the church–although that would not be a bad thing. 🙂 There are still many other things to discuss, and we will discuss them. But this is something that I have become very passionate about, and have had some strong convictions about. We men have been passive about this far too long. I’m not quick to jump on bandwagons, and (believe it or not) I don’t relish controversy. But if I am going to put myself out there and promise to be more purposeful in affirming the woman, and then an issue like this calls for our involvement…it would be hypocritical not to get involved. I might not have a very loud voice in blogland, but what voice I have is going to be used. And so, as the ongoing conversation calls for it, I’ll continue to voice my thoughts here and elsewhere.
If I meant what I said…how could I do any less?