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Women Praying from the stage

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by jim1203, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. jim1203

    jim1203 New Member

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    After our Praise Team finished with the praise songs one of them would pray and a few times it would be one of the ladies would pray,now some of the deacons has told the church women can not pray from the stage any more,this is causing confict in our church.What are your thoughts on this .


    I do not have a problem with women praying from the stage because she is taking to God not to me.:tonofbricks:
     
  2. nunatak

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    Hi Jim,
    I don't have a problem with it either. I think this might be one of those church specific things, possibly depending on location, culture, etc.

    Richard
     
  3. jim1203

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    :tonofbricks: We are in alabama and Southren Baptist I think the decons are taken part of the verse that says women should be silent and not have authority over men
     
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    That explains it! :laugh:
     
  5. jim1203

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    What do you mean :praying:
     
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    Didn't Paul even say "When a woman prays..." refering to a woman praying when the church meets?

    A woman praying publicly when the church meets has far better Biblical support than the stage itself!

    - Dave
     
  7. Magnetic Poles

    Magnetic Poles New Member

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    I was kidding you.
     
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    Was their singing in sign language?
     
  9. jim1203

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    the problem is people are leaving our church over this .The pastor,worship leader,youh leader are leaving ,this is really spliting the church:praying:
     
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    I don't blame them!! But, it sounds like to me that it's time to get rid of a few deacons.
     
  11. The Scribe

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    Women praying on stage, or behind the pulpit?

    I'd leave too.
     
  12. donnA

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    We visited a church last summer where there was prayer 5 or 6 times each service and different people prayed on the stage area with a microphone, even women. But each person had to have soemthing to say it seemed, not just prayer, it seemed a 2 minute preaching before prayer. So in essence they were allowing women this few minutes to pray. Likewise the woman music leader instead of just leading music always had soemthing preachy to say. again allowing women to preach. And their material we got from them written by the pastor said they did not believe in women preaching.
    Once we saw this enough to know it was a regular we left and went back to our home chrch, and thanked God for it.
     
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    So...if they're on the stage, but to the side of the pulpit...that's OK?


    Scripture, please?


    We're not talking about a woman senior pastor here...you'd leave a church because a woman prayed?
    Or only if she prayed "behind the pulpit?"

    What if you use a small music stand, as we do? Is praying behind that sufficient to leave?

    Interesting.....
     
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    Since when did a woman talking to her Heavenly Father become an exercise in authority?

    Fellow Alabamian here. That's really sad, Jim. I'll be praying for you guys.
     
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    Legalism, narrow mindedness, arrogance, lack of respect, taking verses out of context and using them as proof texts .... all these and more will split a church. And I agree with the post that it is time to have new deacons, there must be some men [deacons] in your church who have huge inferiority complexes. Better yet, do away with the deacon board entirely and establish a church council made up of the chairmen/women of ministry groups. There is no scripture that can be found that says a woman cannot be the chairperson of a ministry group. Our small Baptist church has no deacons simply because too many of us had too many bad experiences with and from deacon boards. :tonofbricks:
     
  16. tinytim

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    I would also like to echo this...

    And add, I would like to see scripture that allows man to pray outloud from behind a pulpit...

    Aren't we supposed to pray in a closet?

    Pulpit...hmmm... there's a concept Paul never thought of.
     
  17. queenbee

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    Hmmmmm. Novel concept and one I'm familiar with as well. Is the church direction/decision-making left up to these chairpeople (council) or do they simply discuss issues and bring back to the congregation for a vote? It can get a bit awkward & time consuming doing it this way. Also agree with your opening statement. It is narrow mindedness/lack of respect and misuse of spiritual authority within the church by a select few.
     
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    The Church Council meetings are open to any member of the church. They cannot make church decisions but do discuss issues and bring recommendations to the church business meeting. Discussion at the church business meeting is not restricted to Church Council subjects. We have five ministry groups. Each member and attendee, that is those who attend regularly are expected to be a member of at least one ministry group, but no one is restricted to serving on only one such group.

    We are considering moving from voting on each issue to that of consensus. That is nothing passes until all are in agreement. This is a new concept to most Baptist.
     
  19. tinytim

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    Do away with the deacons??????!!!:eek:

    Awwww... the deacons are not going to be happy campers!!!:mad:
    I smell trouble! :laugh:
     
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    I don't think it's a sin, but I would be somewhat uncomfortable if a woman was standing on stage leading the congregation in prayer. Why? Simply because I look at those on the platform as leaders with authority over the church. I know there's nothing "holy" about a simple platform, but for me, it's more than just a tool to help people see the speaker better. We physically look up to the people on the stage, and I feel that spiritually, we look up to them also. Don't know if that makes sense, but it is a personal preference on my part. Don't think I'd leave the church over it, but I would feel uncomfortable.
     
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