A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit

Sarah Sentilles

Harcourt,  April 2008

Women have been among the most dynamic and successful ministers in all Protestant denominations; but in divinity school, Sarah Sentilles discovered that some of the best and brightest of them were having trouble and even leaving the church altogether.

What was happening? To find out, she entered the lives of female ministers -- women of various ages and races, in a range of churches -- and emerged with the first real portrait of what it's like to lead as a woman of faith today.

Filled with humor, heartbreak, and triumph, the women's stories take us from calls to the pulpit through ordinations and service. Despite many churches' resistance -- conscious or not -- to re-imagining ministry as a role for anyone but a man, many of these women are achieving remarkable transformations in their congregations. In their inspiring determination to perform the creative, life-giving work to which they are called, these women illuminate a way that the church can change itself to embrace what they offer. What's at stake is nothing less than the future of the church itself.

hardcover | ISBN: 9780151013920 | Publication Date: April 2008

"What does it mean to be a woman with a religious vocation? Sentilles frank talk gives permission for the honesty that trembles and makes all things possible. A must read for any woman -- anyone -- who cares about women in the church today."
--Karen L. King, author of The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle

"This courageous, deeply moving, and beautifully written book should be required reading for all clergy and members of Christian churches. Sentilles's ear is finely tuned to women's experiences in seeking ordination and serving in churches, and she writes with an open heart of both the damages and the delights."
--Margaret R. Miles, author of The World Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought