WOMEN IN THE MINISTRY

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

THE BIBLE SAYS…

EXODUS 15:20

“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.”

JUDGES 4:4

“And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.”

2 KINGS 22:14

“So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.”

ACTS 9:36

“Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.”

ACTS 21:9

“And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.”

ROMANS 16:3, 4

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.”

THEREFORE…

WE BELIEVE THAT WOMEN CAN PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN MINISTRY: Old and New Testament history includes examples of strong female leadership.

“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant (diakonos, or deaconess) of the church which is at Cenchrea:”   Romans 16:1

WE ACCEPT THAT THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS PROMISED TO THE CHURCH INCLUDED WOMEN: The Apostle Peter pointed this out on the day of Pentecost.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”   Acts 2:17, 18

WE KNOW THAT WOMEN WERE INCLUDED IN PUBLIC WORSHIP: Paul encouraged women both to pray and prophesy in the church meetings at Corinth.

“But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.”   1 Corinthians 11:5

WE UNDERSTAND THAT WOMEN WERE NOT ALLOWED TO DISRUPT THE SERVICES: This is common courtesy.

“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.”  1 Corinthians 11:5 14:34

WE NOTE THAT JESUS DID NOT INCLUDE WOMEN WHEN CHOOSING HIS APOSTLES: Although many women were faithful followers and eyewitnesses of His miracles and resurrection.

“And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.” Luke 8:2, 3 

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE APOSTLE PAUL RESTRICTED WOMEN FROM HOLDING CERTAIN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH: He encouraged men to step forward and accept these leadership roles.

“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” 1 Timothy 2:12 

WE ACCEPT THAT THE BIBLICAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR BEING A BISHOP (PASTOR) INCLUDES BEING A HUSBAND: This strongly suggests that men are expected to fill these positions.

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;” 1 Timothy 3:2-4