“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Messiah. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
We believe the Creator designed men and women to be different; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. These differences are a wonderful gift from our creator and for very good reasons. Within a marriage covenant they are actually designed to come together as ‘one’ in order for us to be truly functional and effective together as one line of sight in order to help each other and others in our lives.
However, sometimes our greatest strengths can be our greatest weaknesses. Sadly, there is an increase in the lack of
respect for men and an alarming decrease in the cherishing, respect and support of women in both the wider body of Messiah and secular
society in general. This is largely due to the influence of some unhealthy and in some cases even destructive narratives within both the Faith and modern society as a whole.
Here at the Donkey Stable we believe both genders are equal before our creator. He has designed them to have different attributes, strengths and roles. This for the purpose of learning and growing together so that we may function in a more healthy and productive manner with one another.
In order to work through these design differences and the challenges they present between men and women, Biblical discipleship at the smaller group level (twelve or smaller) was patterned by the early believers to work within their respective genders. The wider gatherings were appropriate for everyone as they are not designed to work through personal matters, struggles and challenges. There are many good reasons for this and if respected according to the design, it all can produce good fruit in our lives.
The presence of both men and women in small fellowship groups can sometimes lead members to usurp a spouses authority in the home, distract, offend and/or even used to silence those present from either gender. For this reason, the Donkey Stable respects and models the Biblical design and related instructions regarding closer fellowship within an overall discipleship framework. Trying to apply Biblical wisdom and design principles helps us to create a safer and healthier environment for everyone within our wider community. As a part of our Faith, we all need to strive for productive biblical grounds, especially within small fellowship environments.
Women ‘servant leaders’ making themselves available for instructional fellowship to other women, ideally will have the spiritual line of sight and input of a husband who is also committed to a discipleship environment themselves. The Creator’s marriage covenant design as witnessed in scripture, is based on an ancient wisdom as patterned by Messiah with His disciples to His people.
We encourage women who are not married to go directly to the women who do have the spiritual input of their husbands together as one. Women’s discipleship can often become unhealthy if based on the same discipleship framework and midrash format as the men. This is because of the Creator’s design differences in both men and women, which helps provide an optimum framework for servant leaders, wider ministry relationships, Stable members and their families.
To get connected, please email the women’s eldership team at eldersteamWD@gmail.com