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What About Women Pastors?, pt 1


What does the Bible have to say about women pastor

Steve Answers:

Nothing specific. That’s why so many people have come up with their own opinions. Books have been written to "prove" that women should be pastors, and other books have been written to "prove" that women should not be pastors. Both types of books claim that the Bible clearly reveals their position.

When there are two sides to an issue, it’s not surprising when teams arm for battle and take up the fight to win the war for their position. For those who don’t really care about either side, the issue isn’t worth their time and energy. So they drop out completely.

If you’re a female who’s considering whether or not God is calling you to be a pastor, this becomes a vital question. Would God give you impressions or a message to become a pastor when He doesn’t actually want females to be pastors? If those impressions aren’t from God, are they from Satan?

If you’re a male, does this issue really matter? It doesn’t if it’s not about you. But if it’s about you, it does matter, since males and females are in the debate. This isn’t a fight among females only. Some males fear what might happen if females enter their sacred domain.

This week I’ll point out just one text from the Bible for either side. Next week we’ll talk about some issues that come with each side.


The favorite text for this side is 1 Timothy 2:12, which says, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent." It sometimes gets paraphrased as "Women are to be silent in church."

The frequent association people make with a pastor is the preaching that takes place on Sabbath morning. Of course, pastors do many other things besides preach. However, this duty seems to be called into question for females.

A theme for this "side" is that God chose males to be spiritual leaders for His people–for example, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Moses, Aaron, and Joshua. When God selected a priesthood, He chose the males from the tribe of Levi. When Jesus called His disciples, He selected males, not females. So why would God make a change now? And would God make such a change without letting us know?


A favorite text for this group is Galatians 3:27, 28, which says, "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." When you become a follower of Jesus, everything seems to change. Designations such as gender, race, nationality, economic status, popularity–all these things disintegrate when you give your life to Jesus.

The common theme used to support this position deals with spiritual gifts. Because God gives spiritual gifts to whomever God chooses, and because the gift of "pastor" is one of those gifts, being female doesn’t disqualify you.

We’re out of space. Next week we’ll talk about some more issues on each side of this issue. 

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