Women in the Ministry

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  1. SaggyWoman

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    If you are a woman in ministry, please tell about yourself in here.
     
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    Well, I don't know if you could count me in the ministry, but here's what I do. I lead a sign language class at my church along with my best friend, I teach children's choir, and I help wherever I am needed (serving food, changing diapers, cleaning out old choir books was my last job [​IMG]). I love working with Pre-school and 1st and 2nd graders. I love being able to help where I am needed. My own "private" ministry is just to send people a quick note or a card, just to let them know that I'm praying for them.
     
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    I am trying to be in the ministry. [​IMG] It seems as though God has called me into an area that is not easily accepted by the men in our denomination. Anyone else with a similar problem?
     
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    What area of ministry are you talking about?
     
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    Hello...just hanging out and observing. Please nevermind me. :D

    Joseph
     
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    Oh Joseph. I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT!! :D :D
     
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  8. Pam Madore

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    Leadership, teaching, preaching.........
     
  9. Joy

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    Pam, are you a pastor?
     
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    Can't someone lead, teach, and preach without being a pastor?

    I think so.
     
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    Women can do anything that God calls them to do!!!!!!! He is in complete control of his calling.

    Joseph
     
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  13. Pam Madore

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    No, I am not a pastor. Not everyone believes that God calls women to be pastors or any kind of leader in the church. So what do you do if God calls you?
     
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    Pam - God wrote the Bible partly as a guide for us as individual believers and corporately for the local churches.

    There is no evidence to support the position of a woman "pastoring". Sorry.

    But leadership?

    YES - Phoebe was a deacon in her church (not an extra-biblical position of deaconness, but actually a deacon)

    YES - 4 Daughters of Philip the Evangelist also "preached" (prophesied in KJV)

    YES - Instruction to Corinthian Church was for women to be properly dressed when praying or prophesying

    Obviously, God has laid a calling on your life. It may include preaching or serving in your local church. You may have to search for a church in which you can fulfill this calling, but I'd encourage you to do so.

    God "gifts" our churches with a great variety of people to do a great many ministries. And some of these gifts come in feminine packaging!
     
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    Dr. Bob--Thanks for the encouragement. My choice of churces is, however, very limited plus God has not released me from where I am. [​IMG] So I wait on Him and preach whenever I find an open door.
     
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    Dr. Bob ~ What do you mean exactly when you say "preaching"? Are you talking about women "preaching" from a pulpit to men? Preaching like an evangelist would "preach" to a congregation or gathering during, say, a tent meeting or revival?
     
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    I believe God calls women. I know that God called me. He did not call me to be a pastor, but I do shepherd. He did not call me to preach, but I do speak to people. He did not call me to be a deacon, but I do serve others.
     
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    Kinda boggles the mind...doesn't it? :D ;)

    Joseph
     
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    The KJV "prophesying" is from a root to foretell events or divine hidden knowledge. That is what a "prophet" did! But it also meant to speak the inspired word, declaring truth that has already been revealed.

    So what we have today in "preaching the Word" fits the job description of women! Not pastoring. Preaching, proclaiming the good news, sharing the Word.

    Because of their special relationship with children and other women, our ladies may have greater opportunity to "preach" than I as a minister do! One-on-one, Bible studies, children's ministries, ladies' ministries, missions, etc. Open doors!

    Now in answering your question, I must caution you I am not advocating a woman preaching in my church this Sunday! But as a pastor, if I should choose to allow a single woman missionary to "share a testimony" (that might include 3 points and a prayer) that it part of MY pastoral responsibility.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    In every gathered assembly of believers God's character must be on display. A woman preaching, teaching or having authority over men is "ugly" or "Deformed" in God's sight because of the roles God has ordained for men and women since the begining. (see 1 Cor 14). Men lead and women respond and it should work in love and harmoney. Women can teach other women or children but not men. There are several scriptures to support this. If God is leading a women into ministry they should go and just make sure they stay within Biblical guidelines.
     

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