How can we affect the ministers in today's Christian churches? The more I think about it; the harder this task seems to me. If we start with why they preach the way they do, we might start to get somewhere.
1. Seminary teaching. Much of the feminist teaching starts at the teaching level of new ministers. Looking at Martin Luther's life, you can see why the Catholic Church had such a problem with him. He was involved with the teaching of new priests. That is a huge problem for large organizations bent on maintaining their status quo.
2. Elders/church board. This is again a status quo issue. No one likes change in long established organizations. Usurping a board's desires will lead to unemployment for a minister.
3. Women control spending. The way to raise donations is to keep the butts in the seats that control the purse strings. The fact is most women in today's families control the spending. If a minister starts talking about how women need to change, they aren't likely to park their wide asses in the pews.
4. The minister is the alpha of his group. Even if he is a beta type in any other situation, he has the lead dog status in church. He is not likely to take kindly to a change in his thinking. A parishioner is low on his totem pole of status.
Fortunately, men are logical. I have some ideas about how to address these issues and will share them soon. I would appreciate any input from others on how to address these or other issues. Any problems you may have ended up in with ministers would be welcome as well.
To be clear. The reason this is important is because the family is the foundation of our culture. If we don't have spiritual leaders that help and understand the issues at play in today's society, our families will perish. That is what we are seeing happen in real time. Criticizing and doing nothing isn't really my nature. I make a habit of interviewing ministers and current parishioners before subjecting my family to a church. I have found them wanting. I'm sure I'm not alone on that. A game plan on how to deal with this in the future is what I hope to develop.