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Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by SaggyWoman, Jul 13, 2002.
In your opinion, do you think that church planting on the mission field is gender specific?
No, missionaries from our church are reaching both men and women.
Reworded, does a church planter have to be a man? Can a planter be a female?
Probally would be better if the church planters were a man and woman team. Definitely believe that both men and woman are called to the harvest.
If you are talking about the leader of a church planting team, then yes, it is gender specific. The NT is fairly specific about pastors being males. Now, can or do women play a large role in planting a church? Of course, they can and do. A church planting pastor's wife plays many roles in a baby church before other leadership is developed in the new congregation. I know of a single lady missionary in Japan, who holds lady's and children's meetings thoughout the week in support of the indigenous church she is working for. She also performs other duties for the church. The lady in question is effectively that older spinster; who many of our churchs lean on to carry out their work. However, in Japan, such ladies are few and far between.
[ July 16, 2002, 06:00 PM: Message edited by: The Squire ]
Using the NT pattern, the church in Antioch sent out two men to reproduce their church elsewhere in Acts 13. While women can help in outreach ministry, the NT pattern is male church planters providing leadership for the church.
Paul's ministry companions did included some couples and females who were a part of his church planting efforts:
* Aquila and Priscilla - Rom 16:3,4/I Cor 16:19
* Romans 16 - includes several feminine names
* Women laboring with Paul - Phil 4:1-3
(Euodias & Syntyche may have been more a hinderance than a help)
* Phebe - Rom 16:1
I don't see any of these females out starting a church by themselves, but they helped Paul and his ministry team reach men, women and children with the gospel in their church planting efforts.
I agree with CircuitRider.
Women are precluded from some roles in the church by scripture, nevertheless, they still have a tremendous part to play and can be invaluable in church planting, in the growth of the church and in the edification of the saints.