In many churches, the women’s ministry can seem to run like a well-managed resort. Special events feature a warm welcome, excellent cuisine, choice of activities, and even a small gift to take home!
There are very capable and creative women in leadership hosting Bible studies, mom’s groups, and retreats. Yet there is a troubling trend that has emerged in many local churches. Very often women’s ministries exist on their own islands, detached from the involvement of the shepherds of the church.
While taking an island vacation with your women’s ministry may sound fun at first, a commitment to living on that island can eventually be problematic.
“Your story and my story might have the power to amuse someone or impress someone, even inspire someone. But let me tell you, only God’s story centered in the person and work of Christ has the power to make dead people alive…
That’s why Him we proclaim, we proclaim Christ and not ourselves…
We’re not out to make friends or fans for ourselves. We’re out to reconcile people to God. That’s why we do the work of exposition. We start with the Scriptures, we’re doing the work to figure out what they have to say, what the main point or implication is first. Then we’re figuring out what story will help to open up the hearts and minds of women to see their need for, and to be open to, accepting the implication of this passage for their lives. That’s how we want to use story.”
Nancy Guthrie challenges women Bible teachers and writers to do the hard work of exposition to make the mystery of Christ known. This is a must listen for all women Bible teachers and writers! Thank-you Nancy for your work to the glory of Christ!
Listen to her podcast on here.
Scripture offers numerous reasons to focus on the discipleship of young women. This discussion will consider four major aspects of this biblical mandate. First, Jesus gave the Great Commission so that his followers would make and develop disciples. Second, the example of Jesus and other New Testament writers demonstrated the importance of teaching adults. Third, Paul specifically addressed the need to disciple young women in the season of marriage, parenting, and homemaking. Fourth, sin distorted the blessing of childbearing and relationships for women, and made this season of life painful and challenging. Continue reading
What Leadership Roles Can Women Assume?
Put simply, women can assume any leadership position in the church that does not involve teaching men, nor exercising authority over men. The preceding discussion considered six main passages which offer insight to this statement. Continue reading
What Offices Are Open to Women?
The preceding discussion demonstrated that there is a consistent pattern throughout Scripture of ontological equality and functional difference between men and women. God’s design for male headship and female submission in the church is rooted in the doctrine of the Trinity, the doctrine of Creation, and throughout the Bible. Continue reading
How are the Offices of the New Testament Understood?
Jesus Christ is the head of the Church and the Chief Shepherd (Eph. 4:15, 5:23-24; 1 Peter 5:4). Under his headship, there are two main offices described in the New Testament church: elders and deacons. Continue reading
BIBLICAL FOUNDATION: Romans 16:1-2
Was Phoebe a Deacon? This is the final passage that will be considered in regard to the role of women in leadership and teaching. “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well” (Rom. 16:1-2). Continue reading
BIBLICAL FOUNDATION: 1 Timothy 3:1-13
What does the Bible teach about the offices of leadership in the church? This passage explains the qualifications of elders and deacons. While there are a number of characteristics listed for both overseers and deacons, only those that relate to the discussion on women in ministry and leadership will be highlighted. Continue reading
BIBLICAL FOUNDATION: 1 Corinthians 14:33-35
Should women remain silent in corporate worship? As discussed in the previous post, the context of this passage is Paul writing to the Corinthians to respond to and clarify a number of matters. It is in chapters 11-14 that he turns his attention toward matters of corporate worship. Continue reading
BIBLICAL FOUNDATION: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Should women wear head coverings in corporate worship? When it comes to the discussion on the role of women in ministry and leadership, scholars have engaged considerably on this topic in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Johnson suggests there are 22 debatable issues in this text and argues that the women’s movement over the last century has impacted the biblical interpretation and increased the dialogue surrounding it. Continue reading