I am asking that only those who do not believe women should be ordained ministers or be allowed to preach respond to this thread. If the authority to administer ordinances is given to the church: 1) Are Pastoral/ordained ministerial staff the only ones allowed to baptize? 2) if not, then provided the "authority" to baptize/administer the ordinances belongs to the local church body, should a female member be allowed to baptize another woman? Personally (as a woman) every fiber of my being screams "No, they should not be allowed", but I can't find anything in scripture thus far to prove my position. What do you think?