THEO 202-D04 201230
Short Essay # 3
July 28, 2012
The Role of Women in the Church
It is always a joy for me to hear about Christians wanting to get off the sideline and serve God. Mary, you are wise to look before you leap in serving in the church as there is some controversy about how women are to serve. First you should ask your pastor his view on women serving. Then see what the bible says. Today, with women's equality everywhere, it is not popular for a church not to allow women to be pastors, elder or deacons. Aside from those leadership roles, there are many opportunities to be involved in ministry.
The Bible defines, in the New Testament the qualifications of the spiritual leaders of the church. The terms used are that of "elder" and "deacon." The word deacon means, "to serve". The word group surrounding "diakoneo" actually initially referred to a waiter, as in one that serves a meal. The qualifications for these positions may be found in 1 Timothy 3:1-13. To summarize, these leaders were to be men of integrity and held in high esteem, not easily angered, not greedy, a one woman man, gentle and not given to alcohol. They must not be men of violence or argumentative, they must run a stable home and take their positions in the church with great seriousness. They must not be new to the faith and have a good testimony among those in and out of the church. Today, the main difference between the deacon and the elder is the elder must be able to teach. These are the basic qualifications of the spiritual leaders of the church.
Nowhere in the New Testament does it teach women are spiritually inferior. Women have the same promises, responsibilities, commands, and blessings of the New Testament as men. We have the same spiritual resources and the same spiritual responsibilities. I also believe the bible is clear that women may not be in spiritual leadership over men, to include teaching since teaching is a form of spiritual leadership in developing the spiritual understanding and growth of the student. This is not to say women may not teach for I believe women so gifted make great teachers.