Debby mentioned that in her church "we actually allow women deacons, although we women deacons only serve communion when there are positively no men around - has happened once or twice when it snowed or there was much sickness". Wonder what everyone thinks of chuches with very few men (perhaps new works or small words) having women "fill in". Where would the "limit" be in your opinion? Female preaching (NOT pastor) Female deacon Female song leader Female choir director Female ushers Female teachers Female officers (clerk, financial secretary) Female board Female pulpit committee You get the pix. And thanks to Debby for piqueing my mind on the subject. Our church followed the same route as yours - was American (Northern) Baptist, then Conservative Baptist, then totally independent.