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Better Relationships Between Senior Pastors and Female Ministry Team Members - with Clare Deeves

How can male senior pastors have better relationships with the women on their ministry teams, where everyone shares complementarian convictions.

In those contexts - there are stories around that suggesting that relationships between some senior pastors and the women on the teams have been strained and have sometimes broken down completely.

There’s been massive cost to the individual, the team, the churches and to gospel work.

Clare Deeves has just completed her PhD, studying working relationships between women employed in complementarian ministry teams and the senior pastor who they work with.

Clare serves as an Assistant minister at Kallaroo Anglican Church in Perth. And lectures in church history at Trinity Theological College Perth.

Length: 27mins

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Keywords:staffing, relationships, women, complementarian