This is a request for information and I don't intend to start a debate, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happens... In between some massive deadlines at work and a busy church schedule I'm putting together a presentation for an adult Sunday School class this coming Sunday on Paul’s view of the roles of women in ministry - both volunteer ministry and vocational ministry. It’s a massive undertaking for me to put it together with my tight schedule and I’m trying to anticipate some of the major lines of interest. I’m also trying to present all sides of the issue as fairly as possible, but that means I have to have an understanding of the positions of others. While I have a pretty good handle on most aspects of the issue (I’ve been on both sides and have taken abuse dished out from both sides), I never really understood the view that a woman can teach in a church while she remained “under the authority of her husband” (for instance, Mrs. Criswell’s Sunday School class at First Baptist Dallas – the class is broadcast on the Criswell radio network), yet other women are not allowed teach or preach as “senior pastors”? (This may be a position exclusive to the Southern Baptist Convention.) What prevents a woman from being a “senior pastor” if she is “under the authority of her husband”? And since Dr. Criswell is deceased, how can Mrs. Criswell teach “under the authority of her husband”? Does it have to do with being under the “authority” of the pastor? If so, then what kind of “authority” does the pastor have since Baptists believe in soul competency and the priesthood of the believer?