leading ladies

Today the Christian Standard enewsletter includes a mention of Harvester Christian Church’s “Daybreak” women’s retreat, an all-Saturday event that includes workshops on a variety of topics. Some of the most popular workshops this year are floral design, jewelry-making, and cooking like Paula Deen—at least, these sessions are already at capacity and closed to registrations.

I understand women’s (and men’s) ministry in theory, but I find most churches fall into some stereotyped patterns with their programming–for the women, some variation on the brunch/tea/book club/MOPS stuff; for the men, a variety of Wild at Heart/outdoor sports/high-cholesterol breakfast events. (Woe to the woman who enjoys fishing and bacon or …