In the process of completing a degree in leadership, I have read a good share of the academic literature on the topic of leadership over the past two years. This semester, the focus is on mentoring, and I was required to read much of the academic literature on the topic of mentoring. Something I find puzzling:
- Over 90% of the leadership material is written by men.
- Over 90% of the mentoring material is written by women.
It would seem that there is something about the typing of these roles that is gender-specific.
How does that translate to practices of church leadership and disciple-making? Have the same stereotypes been assumed in the practices of christian life? Visible leadership is a male role? Women serve in relational roles? Is the reason disciple-making has been neglected because of an embedded female typing of that role versus the primarily male typing of “leadership” in the church?
What are your thoughts?