One of Christ's Greatest Churches Opens Sermon Scroll to Women - And Some Questions (2023)

Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas, one of the largest congregations of Churches of Christ in the United States, announced this month that both men and women will preach at its services. In the past, women were prohibited from preaching. After studying the scriptures, the elders discovered that “the scriptures supported a woman preaching in our congregation,” Loretta says.Fultonin oneespecialFor himAbilene News Reporter, Part ofunited states todayRed.

Women preaching in other places of the church of Christ

Fulton reports on two other Church of Christ congregations where women preachsame item, Refuge Church of Christ and Minter Lane Church of Christ.

At most Church of Christ colleges today, women preach in the chapel, while aminority—including Faulkner and Freed-Hardeman—continue to completely prohibit women from not only preaching but also singing, reading scripture, and leading prayers in their services when men are present.

The Churches of Christ are almost the only ones in Christianity that prohibit women in this way.

The vast majority of Churches of Christ completely prohibit women from speaking and leading their services and from teaching Sunday school to men and boys over the age of 10.

The Churches of Christ are almost the only ones in Christianity that completely prohibit women and girls in this way. Some denominations do not ordain women as senior pastors or priestesses, but generally do not prohibit women from reading the scriptures, leading songs, teaching Sunday school and similar functions, and in some cases from preaching.

Many evangelical denominations (z.B.,Assemblies of God, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Church of God, Church of the Nazarene) and nearly all major denominations (z.B., Methodist) ordain women pastors.

Few denominations in Christianity so completely prohibit women from speaking and serving as churches of Christ do.

It is customary in Islam to completely prohibit women from speaking and leading their worship. But it is not done uniformly in Islam.

Growing recognition of long-term harm to girls; trauma reports

A recent study found that there are only male leaders in the churchcauses long-term damagefor many of the young women in the congregation. He reported that adult women who had only male leaders in the church experienced (1) lower self-esteem (associated with more depression and anxiety), (2) less education, (3) higher unemployment, and (4) a more authoritarian and critical attitude. as a result a Vision of God (associated with negative mental health) on average than men and women who had influential women church leaders growing up.

In another recent survey, an alarmingly high percentage of women reported in churches of Christtrauma symptoms.

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The growing number of churches of Christ has changed

As the Highland Church of Christ, a.s.increasing numberof Churches of Christ congregations studied and changed the Scriptures after concluding that prohibiting women and girls in this way simply follows a tradition of man and contradicts God's Word. Highland made this particular decision years ago during college and decided now was the time to implement it.

Many of the changing congregations have found that the churches of Christ have paid little attention to the issue.large amountScripture that calls women to speak to men, teach them, guide them, and have authority over them, in congregations and elsewhere. And youfinishedthat if the few sentences that people are pointing to support the tradition of forbidding women to speak entirely (1 Cor 14:34-35Y1 Timothy 2:12) be readin conection, do not mean that women are completely forbidden to speak.

You struggle with sin and some questions

Many people have come to the conclusion that it is immoral and sinful to attend services where women and girls are prohibited from speaking, whether they are prohibited from speaking as preachers or with others because of their gender.

Is it moral to attend a religious service where blacks are racially prohibited from preaching or otherwise speaking?

How, then, can it be moral to attend a religious service where women and girls are prohibited from preaching or otherwise speaking because of their gender, some ask?

(Remember, some Christians think that some phrases in the Bible mean that God commands blacks to have no authority over whites - the so-called curse of Ham, Genesis 9:20-27 - just as some Christians think that some phrases in the The Bible means that God commands that women should not be allowed to speak in worship.)

Jesus calls women and men to love (worship) God and love (serve) their neighbor with all their hearts, minds, and souls. This is the greatest commandment. (Mark 12:28-31)

Doesn't stop women from worshiping Godintheir hearts, minds and souls, and love and service to others in worship prevent women from doing what Jesus asks them to do? When women are prevented from singing, helping with communion, giving communion talks, etc., they are prevented from worshipinginyour heart, mind and soul and service to others.

Will we participate in preventing women and girls from doing what Jesus asks of them: participate in keeping women and girls silent and sitting because of their gender?

And when God asks the womanand againspeaking again in the bible, leading, teaching and exercising authority over men in a congregation and in other places, isn't it a sin to prevent women from doing this? (Click the Always About 20+ Scripture link)

We will participate in preventing women and girls from doing what God asks them to do: participate in helping women and girls to remain silent and sit because of their gender?

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Would it be immoral and a sin to get involved in people being silent and sitting down because of their race?

If it is a sin to participate in racial discrimination and to participate in racial discrimination and to participate in it, how can you say that it is not a sin to participate and to participate and to participate in gender discrimination?

example of christ

Christ is the Word sent to the world. (John 1) And Christ asks us to follow his example. (John 13:13-16)

The first people to whom the Word revealed the good news of the resurrection were women, Mary Magdalene and "the other Mary." (John 20:16-17; Matthew 28:9)

The Word revealed the resurrection to them, pronounced the name of Mary, said“Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father”, telling them: “Do not be afraid” (John 20:16-17; Matthew 28:10).

Christ told them: "Go... to my brothers and tell them: 'I ascend to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'" (John 20,17) "Go and tell my brothers to follow Galilee... ." (Matthew 28:10)

Mary Magdalene approached the assembled disciples and spoke to them and taught them: 'I have seen the Lord!'...she told them that he had told her these things” (John 20:17-18; see also Luke 24). :9, 33; John 20:10, 19))

Christ invites the women to go to the assembled men and tell them what the Word has revealed to women and what the Word expects of men.

But those who insist that women do not preach or teach men tell women that they do.nogo and tell the assembled men what the Word has revealed to women and what the Word wants from men.

And those who dismiss this as "merely" delivering or conveying a message denigrate what the message was, whose message it was, the occasion, and its importance. The arrogance to dismiss it as "merely" delivering a message is incredible. The value of this simple message is incalculable. This simple message being preached should never be received with such arrogance.

And the Greek terms for preacherjust meanta herald (a messenger who brings news), a messenger, an announcer, a herald, or the like in any case. In other words, for Mary to be a messenger bringing the news of the truth of the gospel of Christ's resurrection exactly means that she was a preacher, as that term was used in the New Testament. People who insist on more cut to the chase their modern, non-biblical, non-New Testament definition of a preacher.

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Closing questions

So, in addition to the questions above, I will ask what example Christ sets for us and we follow him.

And will we, the churches of Christ, recognize that it is a sin to discriminate against women and girls in this way, apologize to the women and girls in our congregations, repent and change?

And if a church does not change or work diligently in this regard, how can someone who recognizes these things continue to partake of a good conscience, whether for their daughter or for themselves or those around them?

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Sources and Notes

For a discussion of Scripture on this topic, see Steve Gardner,“20 passages that call women to speak, teach, lead and have authority over men, in the congregation and elsewhere”, (September 3, 2018).

For a discussion of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 see Steve Gardner,“Most Christ Church colleges no longer exclude women from service leadership:…1 Corinthians 14:34-35…”, (May 22, 2018).

For a discussion of 1 Timothy 2:11-15 see Steve Gardner,“Most Christ Church universities no longer exclude women from leadership of services:…1 Timothy 2:12…” (May 30, 2018).

For a discussion of 1 Timothy 2:12 see Steve Gardner,“10 Churches of Christ Where Women Speak in Congregation: 1 Timothy 2:12, “Doctrine or Conquest of Authority” (Part 3),” (April 9, 2019).

For a discussion of old women, see Steve Gardner,“10 Churches of Christ Where Women Speak in Congregation: Old Women (Part 2)” (April 3, 2019).

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Wiley Clarkson maintains a list of gender churches of Christ inwhere the spirit leads.

This total ban finds its roots in a key segment of the movement.of necessityIn the 19th and early 20th centuries, a narrow and traditional interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:12 held that women were prohibited from speaking, teaching, or exercising authority over men in any public place: in the workplace, in in government, in the military, in church, at conferences, in public, everywhere. In the 20th century, the denomination restricted it to church use only, but pocket arguments today argue that it goes further.

Some are also unsurprised by the long-term negative effects of young women looking to their mothers and friends and finding themselves barred from precious leadership and ministry every Sunday for years simply because of their gender. It would not be surprising if young girls who watch their mothers and their friends and who are discriminated against every Sunday for years have a negative impact on these girls. And of course, if men and boys see that young women are discriminated against in the church, it would affect how those men and boys treat those young women in the workforce.

On other denominations, for example, the Baptist history of women's preaching and ordination:

(Before you dismiss this with the idea that the Bible tells me so, remember that only a small percentage of Christians think that God commands that women be completely prohibited from speaking and leading worship. I think about 4% of American Christians participate in this practice I suspect that the percentage of Christians who believe in the curse of Ham is lower but not negligible it could be approaching that number I hope it does not.)

I believe it is about 1-3% of American Christians who completely exclude women from speaking, leading and actively serving in worship, the majority of that being Churches of Christ. Most of the Primitive Baptists and Amish, some Conservative Mennonites, some of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptists, and the Plymouth Brethren do the same as the CoC, to my knowledge, but they are small groups. A much larger proportion of IFBs come close to this, but generally allow women to lead vocals, singing solo or in small close-up groups. The only religious group of any size besides the Churches of Christ that *completely* excludes women from speaking and leading worship that I could find is Islam, and it's not a monolithic practice for Islam, it's cultural. It is my understanding that most orthodox religious traditions allow women, for example, to read scripture in their worship. If you know anything else, can add or remove something from this list, or have any comments, I'd love to hear from you. Please contact me about theContactbook page. Thank you so much.

See these passages for the use of "predict" translated from the root word "reden" or "speak" / laleo:

Acts 14:25
Marcos 2:2
Acts 13:42
Acts 8:25
Acts 11:19
Acts 16:6

Of course, "husband of one wife" in 1 Tim 3 is not a requirement to be a minister (nor does it require one to be married or male). The elements in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1 (for example, having children) areno requirements checklistbe an elder, pastor or preacher. In fact, Paul, single with no children, encouraged people to stay single. And Jesus was single and had no children. Paul notes that he was "appointed a preacher and an apostle" (1 Timothy 2:7).

Added 10/1: many evangelical denominations (z.B.,Assemblies of God, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Church of God, Church of the Nazarene) and nearly all major denominations (z.B., Methodist) ordain pastors. See sources/notesHere.

Added: Rains et al., "Unity in Christ: A Qualitative Study of Women's Early Experiences as Leaders in Public Worship at Broadway Church of Christ

Updates: September 17 13:19 (clarified time of Highland decision); Sep 20 8:06 (made wrestling section more readable; added last closing question; cleanup); Sep 21 at 10:49 p.m. (Harding delisted with Freed in light of comment, but it's unclear if he's included or not); 5/10 added the last two paragraphs to the examples of Christ section and parentheses; 5/20, with an emphasis on edits.

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What is the role of the woman in the church? ›

The New Testament

It was originally interpreted as submission of women and men (Eph. 5:21), however, a modern interpretation sees it as a submission to God, rather than man. Women are seen as equals to men and both genders serve a role in the family – to help the family to serve God.

What does God say about women's role in the church? ›

Every human is on an equal playing field according to God, distinguished only by their salvation and faith in Christ. The notion that women should be “silent” in church, found in 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:3, refers specifically to instances of the church and marriage.

What was the significance of the woman at the well? ›

The story of the woman at the well demonstrates that Jesus comes to the least of these. He cares for the outcasts of society. The Samaritan woman was considered inferior because of her sex, ethnicity, and relationship history, but none of that mattered to Jesus because he saw her need for salvation.

Where in the Bible does it talk about women leading the church? ›

One of these is found in 1 Timothy 2:12: I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. Another text often cited as evidence that women should not be in leadership roles in churches is found in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35: Women should be silent in the churches.

What does Scripture say about women's role? ›

1 Timothy 3:11

"In the same way, women who are servants in the church should be dignified and not gossip. They should be sober and faithful in everything they do." The Good News: Women are faithful to all things in their lives: God, their children, their loved ones, their careers, and so much more.

What are the three roles of a woman? ›

Reproductive, productive and community managing role.

Should a woman be the leader of a church? ›

The senior pastor acts as the CEO, and their leadership team oversees the various departments within the business. The Board of Deacons often serves as the Board of Directors. Without structure, the pastor would bear all of running the church.

How did Jesus help the woman at the well? ›

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink', you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep.

What was the name of the woman at the well with Jesus? ›

Many days later, while she hymned and blessed God, Saint Photini gave her soul into God's hands. The Samaritan Woman conversed with Christ by the well of Jacob, near the city of Sychar. She drank of the "living water" and gained everlasting life and glory.

What are some questions about the woman at the well in the Bible study? ›

Interpretation Questions:

At what point in the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman does she come to believe in him? What convinces her? What happens to the Jew/Samaritan conflict throughout their conversation? What is the purpose of including the detail of her ethnicity in the story?

What is a female pastor called? ›

pastoress (plural pastoresses) A female pastor (person who tends to a flock) quotations ▼ A female pastor (minister or priest of a Christian church)

Who is the head of the woman in the Bible? ›

I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.

What are the qualities of a wise woman in the Bible? ›

In The Proverbs 31 Homemaker, Jami discusses the six characteristics of a wise woman: her character as a wife, her devotion as a homemaker, her generosity as a neighbor, her influence as a teacher, her effectiveness as a mother, and her excellence as a woman.

What are the 10 qualities of a virtuous woman? ›

The following “Ten Characteristics of a Godly Woman” are found in Proverbs and other passages in Scripture.
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  • E. SHE IS CLASSY. ...
  • F. SHE IS KIND. ...
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What is the purpose of being a woman? ›

Being a woman means being able to be powerful and assertive, being strong-willed, compassionate, fragile and also fierce. Being a woman means being strong enough to stand up for herself and fight for what she believes in.

What are women's responsibilities? ›

Your responsibilities

Respect the rights of others. Respect the cultural background and privacy of others. Treat others with dignity. Refrain from racial, sexual, homophobic or any other forms of harassment or abuse.

Is it right for a woman to be a pastor? ›

All Christian women are called to ministry, and God grants some Christian women the unique ability to teach, but that doesn't mean God is calling them to violate His Word. When a woman discerns a desire to serve the church with her teaching abilities, she should do so within the boundaries created by God's Word.

What religion can a woman be a pastor? ›

In 1956, the United Methodist Church and a part of what would become the Presbyterian Church USA ordained their first women ministers. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Reform Judaism, and the Episcopal Church followed suit in the early 1970s.

What makes a woman a leader? ›

“Women make great leaders because they have an innate ability to dream big, challenge assumptions and inspire teams — and they know how to translate big ideas into concrete action and results.”

What is the lesson of the woman at the well? ›

Like the woman, the disciples had a need. She had a thirst, and they had a hunger. Her need was to drink the water of life, and their need was to reap the harvest of souls. Jesus' lesson to His disciples was that the harvest is ripe, and those who labor in the fields reap an eternal reward.

Why did Jesus heal a woman? ›

According to the Gospel, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on Sabbath, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her: "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."

What happened to the woman at the well with Jesus? ›

The Samaritan woman whom Jesus meets at Jacob's Well gleans much from her long conversation with Jesus. When she discovers his identity as the Messiah she leaves her water jar, much like the disciples left their nets, and becomes an effective evangelist to her community.

What did Jesus tell the woman at the well? ›

Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband and come here." The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, `I have no husband;' for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly." The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you ...

Is Mary Magdalene and the woman at the well the same person? ›

The references to Cathar belief in a married Christ reflect the medieval legend that Mary Magdalene was a sinful woman saved from her depravity by Jesus; the witnesses to this Cathar belief state that they identified her with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:7-30) and the woman taken in adultery (John 8:2-11).

What is the name of the woman at the well in the chosen? ›

In particular, this episode of The Chosen shows us the impact of Jesus on Simon's wife (Eden), her mother, Nicodemus' wife (Zohara), Mary, and Photina (the Samaritan Woman at the Well from the well-known passage in John 4) - all against the backdrop of the unjust patriarchal society of ancient Israel.

Which gospels have the story of the woman at the well? ›

The encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well is one of the best-known stories from John's Gospel and takes place in chapter 4: 4-30 before Jesus' return to Galilee. Although never named, her encounter with Jesus is the longest between him and any other person in John's Gospel.

Can a woman be a pastor in a Baptist church? ›

A 2000 revision of the Southern Baptist Convention's statement of faith reaffirmed this: “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”

What is a church lady called? ›

noun. church·​wom·​an ˈchərch-ˌwu̇-mən. : a woman who is a member of a church.

Can a woman be a elder in the church? ›

The main qualifications and definitions of elders are found in two main texts, 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9. It is important to note that both texts make reference to an elder being the “husband of one wife,” implying that only men are to serve in these roles.

Who is the only woman whose name is in the Bible? ›

Deborah. As the only female judge mentioned in the Bible, Deborah is known for being a compassionate leader (of which there weren't many in Biblical times). She worked to purge the nation of those who kept Israel spiritually complacent and under slavery to the Canaanites, returning to worship of the one true God.

Who was the second woman in the Bible? ›

BornGarden of Eden
Venerated inChristianity (Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church) Judaism Islam Baháʼí Faith
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Who is a godly woman in the Bible? ›

Much of the Old Testament has to do with God working in the lives of men. Sarah, Rachel, Rebekah, Rahab, Ruth, Esther, and Deborah are some of the prominent women in the Old Testament, but this tribute was written in honor of, or in memory of, some beloved wife and mother who will always be unknown.

Where in the Bible does it say a woman can't preach? ›

1 Timothy 2:12 is the twelfth verse of the second chapter of the First Epistle to Timothy. It is often quoted using the King James Version translation: But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Where in the Bible does it refer to God as a woman? ›

In the Hebrew and Christian Bible, God is usually described in male terms in biblical sources, with female analogy in Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 123:2-3, and Luke 15:8-10; a mother in Deuteronomy 32:18, Isaiah 66:13, Isaiah 49:15, Isaiah 42:14, Psalm 131:2; and a mother hen in Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34, although never ...

Who was the first woman preacher? ›

Antoinette Brown Blackwell, née Antoinette Louisa Brown, (born May 20, 1825, Henrietta, N.Y., U.S.—died Nov. 5, 1921, Elizabeth, N.J.), first woman to be ordained a minister of a recognized denomination in the United States.

What is God's definition of a woman? ›

Ephesians 2:10) The biblical woman is a gospel-centered woman. She is created, redeemed, blessed, and gifted to be a blessing to those around her.

Is it OK for a woman to preach? ›

Our Lord had several women who followed and assisted Him. Then, after the resurrection, it was the women who first announced that Jesus was alive (Matthew 28:1-10, John 20:18). It was women who “preached” the resurrection. Therefore, it is argued, women can preach in the church today.


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