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The Role of Women in the Christian Ministry Today
Discusses the role of women in the church through Dr. Wayne Houses' book "The Role of Women in Ministry Today".
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This paper argues that one of the major facing the Christian church today is the question of the involvement of women in the leadership and ministry of the church. The author thoroughly analyzes each chapter of Dr. Houses' book which questions the absence of women in leadership roles within the Christian church.
Chapter 1: Starting a Discussion
Chapter 2: One Complimentarian Position
Chapter 3: One Egalitarian Position
Chapter 4: Conclusions of Women in Ministry
The Old Testament's Story
Jesus' story
Paul's story
Women in Ministry Today
Chapter 5: Final Thoughts

From the Paper:

"For all followers of Jesus, and for all churches who try to follow Him as closely as possible, there are core beliefs. Those core beliefs center upon the identity and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the role of women in ministry today should never be a core belief of the church. A local church or denomination should never elevate this issue so that it becomes the core and fundamental belief of the group. This issue is one of practice and should not become the mantra or anthem of the church. With that said the issue of whether or not women can lead and in what capacity is an inescapable issue for every local congregation. Since this issue affects the functioning of a group, it is impossible to remain neutral. In their practice every group has decided what they believe. If a church allows women to lead in a variety of capacities then their beliefs are demonstrated through their practice. However, if a church chooses to prohibit women from specific leadership roles, then their beliefs are demonstrated by how the church functions. This issue is generally recognized as simply as a church's staff and the titles of that staff. Some churches claim a position of neutrality on this position, but that is truly impossible with this subject. Every congregation, every denomination, every church leader demonstrates their beliefs on this issue through the way in which ministry is done.
"Since this decision dramatically affects how a congregation functions, one must take a careful look at this issue. Furthermore, this topic can cause immense pain and affects how women are able to use the gifts God has given them. With that in mind, there are a variety of options of how to practically live out this matter. There are two titles that will help in talking about the issue of women in ministry. One position is the egalitarian position. Egalitarians assert that women should be allowed to minister in any capacity in which they are gifted. They believe that there are no restraints placed upon them from the Bible. Practically, this means that egalitarians believe that women are able to preach, teach, pastor, shepherd, and be elders. However, the other side would disagree, arguing that there are Biblical mandates that prohibit women from ministering in those positions. Complementarians believe that women are not supposed to function in specific leadership responsibilities in the church, but were created by God to compliment men. Most complementarians believe that women are of equal value and equally created in the image of God, but that women were created to be subordinate to men in function as it pertains to the leadership of a community of believers. There are many varying complementarian views concerning the application of this belief. Some complementarians do not allow women any form of leadership role in the church--this means that they cannot lead small groups that contain both men and women, cannot teach youth or men, cannot preach, cannot lead worship, cannot be an elder, and many other leadership positions. However, there are other complementarians that believe that women can do anything in ministry as long as they are under male headship--usually this means that they cannot preach, pastor, or be an elder. Complementarians and egalitarians alike are trying to follow God as best as they can, but what does the Bible say about women in ministry? What should local churches, denominations, and church leaders do about permitting or prohibiting women in ministry?".

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carson, D.A. and Douglas J. Moo. An Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992.
  • Cate, Robert. Help in Ages Past, Hope for Years to Come. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1983.
  • Doriani, Dan. Women and Ministry. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2003.
  • Grady, J. Lee. 10 Lies the Church Tells Women. U.S.: Charisma House, 2000.
  • Grenz, Stanley J. and Denise Muir Kjesbo. Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Minsitry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.

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