There are women who are experiencing calls to ministry are told that they are wrong, or that they cannot lead congregations.I think that feminism does have a place in the church.More recently, after we completed our study, the Justice Department included a fair bit of information about sextortion in its “National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction,” a report to Congress released on April 19.The Justice Department report confirms that “sextortion is by far the most significantly growing threat to children” and that “sextortion cases tend to have more minor victims per offender than all other child sexual exploitation offenses.” The document also references a 2015 FBI analysis of 43 cases of sextortion which found that “at least 28 percent of these cases had at least one victim who committed or attempted suicide.” As of this writing, however, the FBI has not made this analysis available to us.Still today, female pastors have a hard time combating the gender biases that women face in ministry.
Law enforcement authorities are well aware of it, and the FBI has issued numerous warnings about sextortion.
Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department can tell you the scope of the problem or the number of prosecutions.
Moreover, the document focuses exclusively on the problem of sextortion as a species of child exploitation, ignoring the many adults victimized. The 78 cases we reviewed alone involve at least 1,397 victims.
By: Elizabeth Murray My friend, a Provisional Elder, told me that someone in her church asked her, “What do you call a female preacher?
” Both of us rolled our eyes, gripped a little, and moved on with the conversation.