Woven strengthens women in leadership. We convene annually for a women’s leadership consultation to share stories, build relationships and to collectively discern ways to take action toward empowering and supporting women, churches and communities.
We learn together with partners, providing technical assistance to churches, women‘s networks and organizations to help them be more healthy and effective.
Our convening and learning empowers collaborative research and community engagement on challenging urban justice issues facing Boston’s churches, with a current focus on sexual based violence, gender-based issues, and women in leadership.
Stacie Mickelson - Director of Woven
Stacie is passionate about helping churches and leaders to have a healthy dialogue about gender and culture, and she loves reframing potentially polarizing conversations in ways that build church unity. She holds a B.S. in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.
Stacie directs Woven, EGC’s Applied Research & Consulting engagements related to women in leadership and gender-based issues. With her husband, Elijah, Stacie lives in an intentional Christian community in Jamaica Plain where they are teaching their daughter Eden to climb things, love Jesus and roar like a lion.
What do Christian women leaders report hearing or believing that they "shouldn't" want or need if they were a good leader? What kinds of life-giving connections to Christian women leaders want more of?
Dominance in leadership is common in America today. But is it healthy for Christian leaders? Jess Mason shares personal experience and reflections on biblical perspectives of dominance in leadership.
When you think good Christian woman, to what extent do you think effective leader?
According to our research, Christian women leaders face conflicting ideals for women and for leaders in their communities, such that traits of effective leaders can contradict traits of admirable Christian women.
In this post we explore six conflicts-of-ideals reported by participants at the Woven Consultation on Christian women in leadership in March 2016.
Happy Fall from the EGC Woven crew! I want to share a tidbit of wisdom from one of the table groups at the May Woven Consultation to help us stay balanced this fall...
Do the Christian Women you know lead lives of healthy balance? On March 5, 2016, over 100 Boston-area women (non-profit leaders, mothers, students, businesswomen, pastors and other leaders) gathered to address this question. Women of various ethnicities, church affiliations and ages...
Though drawn together for assorted reasons, the women who gathered shared a common commitment to Christ and a desire for wholeness. Whether they admitted to feeling overwhelmingly busy or being satisfied with their pace of life, all knew well the struggle of maintaining balance through life’s changing seasons.
In this study of new church development in Greater Boston, we identified at least 95 new congregations which have started in the last seven years. Forty-six were within the city limits of Boston. We completed 41 in-depth interviews with church planters who represented several different denominations, ethnic groups, and networks. The research yielded general information about the church planters and the new churches, with a special focus on women in leadership. The hope is that this study can become a source of “mainstreaming” gender parity discourse within the church, as part of an overall discussion of the practical needs of church planters in the areas of leadership and ministry development
Christian churches believe that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, are created in the image of God. Yet, often the Church falls short of honoring that image. Anecdotal and statistical evidence shows that women face disproportionate levels of violence, discrimination and challenge at least as much in churches as out.