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female leadership in the early church

Some feminist writers contend that fragmentary bits of third-century writings like The Gospel of Thomas indicate that Jesus officially selected Mary Magdalene to lead the church. While there is no solid evidence to support such claims, there are numerous references to women doing important mission work and helping to establish congregations of believers during the first and second centuries. As the church grew, women continued to be powerful witnesses to Jesus' message, often despite the sinfulness of a male-dominated culture. Examples through the centuries include: Perpetua, Monica, Clare, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Sienna, Katherina von Bora, Susanna Wesley, Catherine Booth, Mother Teresa, and, in present-day culture, Vonette Bright and Anne Graham Lotz.



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