I have found that the role of women in church leadership needs to be defended in some cases. This page is for that purpose, for anyone who is willing to learn and grow! I don't claim to know it all, or have it all figured out, but I can tell you what I do know, what God has called me to, and what the Bible says.
My favorite defense of women in leadership roles in the church, is that it produces fruit! Just like any man's ministry, we must judge it by the fruit that it produces. If it's producing good fruit, then God's hand is upon it. Study Matthew 7:15-20 and John 15:1-17.
God created women as the perfect completion of humanity. Something was missing when it was man alone. Study Genesis 2:4-25.
Many women were used for big things by God throughout the Bible! Study Deborah in Judges 4. Huldah in 2 Chronicles 34:14-28. Miriam in Exodus 15 & Numbers 12. Phoebe (and all the other women Paul names) in Acts 16. Mary & Martha in Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-44. Study the Woman at the Well in John 4. The women who discovered Jesus' resurrection in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20. Anna the Prophetess who prophesied over Jesus as an infant in Luke 2:24-40. Not even to mention the entire books of Ruth and Esther.
I believe that God has created the roles of men and women perfect and unique. They both have a place, and equal importance, in all forms of government, education, business, and especially the church! As we grow in our understanding of these things, our churches will grow too!
After studying all of the above passages, and understanding that God very clearly DOES use women powerfully, and in leadership over men, then what do we do with the two most common passages used against women in leadership in the church? Check out these two amazing articles:
TO WOMEN: It's time to stop making excuses, and step into the gift and calling that God has called us to! Be strong and courageous, for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Let's use our God-given talents and abilities to show the people God has placed in our lives the love of Jesus, and the love for His Church.
Let's get to work! All my love,