Inside Out: Learning from the Church Ladies

Women may be the backbone of the American church, but we often overlook the oldest women in the pews. When we do, we lose. Our assumptions about the real lives of the “church ladies” can prevent us from benefitting from their wisdom—and learning how they gained it.

“I think sometimes we look at these women and we see their polished exterior and their pearls and their quilted Bible covers and we make assumptions about them,” says Megan Hill, my guest for this recorded Inside Out conversation. Hill is a writer, mother, pastor’s spouse, pastor’s daughter, and the author of the her.meneutics blog post “The Casserole-Toting Church Ladies Hold the Secret of Happiness”.

During our conversation Hill reads from her article: “‘We must never assume that someone who is happy is naïve, someone who is content must also be ignorant, and someone who is faithful just comes by it naturally.’ And I think that’s the mistake we often make: we see them in their maturity and we think they must have been born that way, rather than trying to find out how they got there.”

Join us as we talk about what it might take to develop relationships with the older women in our churches, and the benefits--on both sides of the divide--when we take the time to develop the trust needed before we tell our stories.

Listen to our 13-minute conversation by clicking on the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above.  
Read Hill’s her.meneutics blog post that inspired this conversation.  
Learn more about Megan Hill.
Learn about Hill’s book Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer: In Our Homes, Communities, and Churches.