Emily Scott, pastor of St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn (ELCA), was chatting with a group of church-planting women on Twitter. She wrote, “I’d be interested in hearing about methods for planting used by women.” When she exhausted her 140-character limit, she started another tweet. “I know the way I’ve planted church has been different from my male colleagues’ approach.” Other women on the stream concurred.
Scott’s observation stuck with me. Do women plant churches differently than men? I asked Stephanie Spellers, who is canon to the presiding bishop in evangelism and reconciliation efforts of the Episcopal Church. Spellers planted the Crossing, an Episcopal church in Boston, and has worked with a wide range of church leaders. Do women use different methods or a different style than men do?