By Nephy Lim
PARAPASTRIX [par–uh pas’ -trīx,
[Greek, para-, combining form representing pará (preposition) beside, alongside of, by, beyond. Pastor, n., a person having spiritual care of a number of persons, Latin pāstor shepherd, literally, feeder, equivalent to pās-, base of pāscere to put to pasture, feed + -tor -tor. Trix, A suffix borrowed directly from Latin, -trix has been used since the 15th century on feminine agent nouns that correspond to a masculine (in Latin)]
- An evangelical woman in a position of leadership authority in a parachurch organization that may or may not be connected directly to a church, denomination, network or other parachurch group.
- A professional evangelical woman, often a highly trained executive with advanced college degrees, often with considerable corporate experience, who serves in a position of leadership or authority – including on a board of directors, as a consultant, or spiritual director over a parachurch type organization.
- An evangelical woman who heads her own public parachurch ministry who exercises widespread authority over other evangelicals, influencing their spiritual beliefs through her own unique theological teachings, ideas, practices, prophecies, and/or other spiritual activities – all of which are promoted widely in forums such as conventions, conferences, seminars, media events, television, book signings, etc.
- An evangelical woman of power and influence, status and significance, who oversees and directs the spiritual care of individuals and/or organizations and/or social concerns in the parachurch sector, including faith-based operations, quasi-public/private partnership enterprises, and “missional” organizations involved in cultural renewal, social work, transformation, and/or dominion.
- A female leader in the emerging/emergent church movement who serves in the capacity of change agent for theological and cultural revolution, either through her talents, credentials, beauty, or her ability to serve as a pop icon. See Sacred Cows and Stars.