After 7 years of study, discussion and lots of prayer . . . RiverTree now bases all leadership roles on character, giftedness and calling. We no longer restrict leaders based on their gender.

Sounds simple now, but it has been a long road of gut-wrenching, soul-searching, God-seeking deliberation.

I grew up in a church where women could sing special music or play the piano but not lead the singing. Women could count the offering on Monday but not collect the offering on Sunday. Women could teach boys but only until they reached the sixth grade.

I am thankful for the journey that God has brought us on. The journey to the point where there is no Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, because we are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)