Pioneers get a lot of glory in the history books. We applaud their vision. We celebrate their bravery. We congratulate their strength. The covered wagons that made their way across America into the west are the stuff of legends. Manifest destiny!
But in reality, pioneering is grueling work. Trudging across uncharted territory in order to create a new way is gritty, raw, exhausting work. Romanticized visions of covered wagons gloss over disease, pain, and self-doubt.
Our tradition in the churches of Christ is experiencing a change in landscaping. We are witnessing pioneers. Courageous women, who have sensed the call of God on their lives, have bravely stepped into ministerial positions.