6 Reasons Why I Support Women in Church Leadership

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  1. Tim says:

    Hi Stephen, first I want to say that I appreciate your ministry, and I’m glad you see the value of women in the church. I think there are many roles women can and should be in as they serve the church. However, I think there is a strong argument to be made against women being in one position, that is as a pastor (elder/overseer/bishop).

    I think the 6 reasons are great for arguing that women should be in various leadership roles, however, only one of them successfully supports women serving as pastors, #4.

    The first two don’t directly apply to the church. What the OT saints did does not usually have direct implications for NT church ecclesiology. The OT saints also thought women were unclean during their menstrual period. But we now God’s people are in a different era where that no longer applies. You always have to be very careful when you observe OT law or examples and apply it to ecclesiology today.

    For the third point, I don’t think anyone is disputing that women can or should be disciples of Jesus today, and being a disciple is very different than being a pastor.

    On the fifth, I agree that women can be deacons, however a deacon is not a pastor.

    On the sixth I think we simply disagree on who qualifies as an apostle. There were the twelve, with Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot. Paul rigorously defends his apostleship. And James was potentially considered an apostle, although I don’t think that is stated explicitly in scripture. Apostleship is not something to be bestowed lightly. Lots were cast for Matthias even after he was considered qualified. Paul spends almost half of Galatians defending his apostleship, which was obviously doubted by some. I think we are being a little presumptuous to grant the same title for Junia.

    Like I said, I think your 4th point is one that does lend good support to your position that women can be pastors. However I don’t believe the other 5 are good reasons.

    Again, I think there are many ways women can serve and even lead, but I think the reasons you offered here don’t provide much support for women specifically in the role of pastor.

    I hope I don’t appear to be divisive. I just wanted to point out where I believe your arguments are weak. I know my comments are not enough to change your position, but as you think through your position I hope at the very least you can build a stronger case for your position.
    God bless you brother. May He continue to grow your ministry.

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