And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him Genesis 2:
Related Media This article is the affirmation of the pastor and elders of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship, Flagstaff Arizona as related to women's roles in the church. These comments are only a brief synopsis of some of the issues.
As elders, we affirm the rationale, purposes and affirmations of The Danvers Statement see below, or go to: Below are some specific questions and our understanding of how Scripture applies to each.
Can women serve as elders or pastors over men? The clear biblical answer is, No. God, Christ, man, woman, which applies both to the church and the home. There are no NT examples of women elders or pastors serving over men.
Can women serve as deacons, especially if their area of service puts them over men? Clearly, deacons serve under elders. If elders are male, then men are ultimately in authority. It would seem best, generally, to have women deacons in ministries where they are leading other women. If they do serve over men, if questions requiring authority arise, they should be deferred to the elder s over the deacon.
Can women serve as ushers? There is no NT reference to such a ministry.
The question is, Does ushering involve any exercise of authority? We cannot see how it does, unless it comes to the function of being sergeant-at-arms in dealing with a disruptive person.
But clearly, male ushers or other men present would take on that role. Passing the offering plate or communion elements is not exercising any authority. It could be argued that it models male passivity if there are not enough men to fill the job. But aside from that, we see no problem with women helping out.
Can women lead the communion service or baptize? In our thinking, this involves a position of corporate leadership that should be reserved for men when men are present 1 Cor.
Can women take the lead in corporate worship services?
We believe it is desirable for men to take the lead in public worship. This pictures the divinely instituted order 1 Cor. There are not many examples of women leading in worship in Scripture not all of the following apply, but are listed for study reference: We encourage women to participate in worship services testimony, praise, music, etc.
This models male leadership, which seems to be clearly the biblical picture. Could a woman fill the pulpit for a single Sunday morning?Women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints belong to and serve as leaders in the Relief Society.
Women also serve and lead the Young Women organization for girls ages 12 to 18 years old and the Primary organization for all children ages 18 months to 11 years. The Role of Women in the Church: The Pauline Perspective. John E. Toews.
The question of the role of women in the church is one of the most significant issues facing the church today. The storm center in New Testament interpretation is the Apostle Paul.
He is claimed by many but also maligned by many. The debate about the meaning of his . As the church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim.
), it is most important that the church reflect Biblical truth about woman's role. HOW JESUS DEALT WITH WOMEN. A good place to begin a study of woman's role in the church is with the earthly ministry of Jesus.
The foundation truth behind the role of women in the church, then, is that Jesus Christ is the head of the church. Man has the responsibility to play the role of the head of the woman, and the woman is to submit to her head. There has been a lot of controversy over the role of women in the Church.
I believe the Bible, taken in the context of the 66 books, has given us all the answers to this dilemma.
Women in Church history have played a variety of roles in the life of Christianity - notably as contemplatives, health care givers, educationalists and missionaries.