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Not a stereotype


As far as I know, I'm the only one. I'm the only home-grown Alberta woman who left the province, studied in Mennonite institutions, and is a pastor back here. Friends in other provinces wondered, "Why go back?" They knew Alberta's redneck reputation. Happily, stereotypes are never the whole truth and sometimes they are lies.The stereotype of women being good communicators may have worked in my favour! After a sermon at Fair view, I asked the 80-year-old worship leader what he thought of a young woman preaching. He laughed and said, "I've seen so much change in my life, I'm comfortable with it." His acceptance and encouragement helped me to be comfortable with it too.I don't think of myself as a woman pastor. I'm simply a pastor who happens to be female, a pastor thoroughly convinced we need both genders using their unique gifts as we seek to be the church in the world.

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