Follow Her Lead

Should women be “in the ministry”?  Should women lead in the church?  Often these questions are settled on the basis of just a couple passages of the Bible that seem to speak directly to the matter.  Some judge those passages to limit and restrict women.  Others conclude they reflect cultural views that have no relevance for the 21st century.  The former answer, “No!”  The latter answer, “Yes!”  And neither approach is adequate.

Bishop David Kendall argues that these questions can only be answered adequately by reading the Bible as we have it, as essentially a story about a world created well and good, committed to the care of the human beings, male and female, ruined by foolish and errant human choices, and then re-directed and redeemed by God who enters the story.  His reading offers a coherent and compelling YES to both questions and urges us to Follow Her Lead. 


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About The Author

David Kendall

The Reverend David W. Kendall, an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference, was elected to the office of bishop of the Free Methodist Church in May 2005. He serves as overseer of East Michigan, Gateway, Great Plains, Mid-America, North Central, North Michigan, Ohio, Southern Michigan, Wabash, and African Area Annual Conferences.

Bishop Kendall received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Philosophy and Religion) from Spring Arbor College (Spring Arbor, MI) in 1976 and Master of Divinity degree (Biblical Studies) from Asbury Theological
Seminary (Wilmore, KY) in 1979. In 1984 he graduated from Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, Virginia) with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, New Testament.

Dr. Kendall was ordained as deacon in 1975 and elder in 1977. He served as superintendent of the Great Plains Conference from 1999 - 2005, a position he served until elected bishop. Prior to 1999 he pastored churches in the Great Plains Conference and Southern Michigan Conference for sixteen years. In addition to serving as pastor to churches and other pastors, Bishop Kendall has been an adjunct faculty member of Central Christian College (McPherson, KS) and Greenville College (Greenville, IL).

Bishop Kendall’s passion for ministry centers on two primary calls: first, to communicate the Scriptures as God’s Word in faithful and relevant ways to our world today and second, to assist God’s people to be truly the church in the 21st century.

Dr. Kendall also enjoys writing and seeks to build up the church through the printed word as well. He contributes regularly to Christian periodicals and endeavors to maintain an active life in the blogosphere. He is the author of God’s Call to be Like Jesus: Living a Holy Life in an Unholy World, a 1999 publication of Light and Life Communications, and The Female Pastor: Is There Room for She in Shepherd?, also a Light and Life publication in 2005.

Bishop Kendall and his wife, Lavone, have three married daughters who with their husbands have blessed the world with seven of the most wonderful grandchildren ever born.

The Kendalls reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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