Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rediscovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Women in pastoral ministry is one issue in my belief system that I struggle the hardest with.

It was a complete shock to me moving from Capital Bible Seminary, where women were just allowed into the M.Div. program recently and are not permitted to take homiletics courses, to Denver Seminary, where quite a few of my professors clearly encouraged women to be senior pastors.

Needless to say, before coming to Denver, I never gave this issue much thought. I just assumed that from my interpretation of some of the biblical passages, and from my understanding of conservative evangelical thought, that women were not eligible for senior pastoral leadership.

This assumption has undergone some serious investigation by me during the last two years. I don't find Denver Seminary to be a liberal school (although gender inclusive language that is used here frustrates me) but rather one of the better evangelical seminaries in the US. The faculty here are brilliant and caring. But they are challenging me in my perceptions of the roles of men and women in the church.

Here are two evangelical sites that take differents sides of the issue of women in ministry. Although, this is still an issue I struggle with, I would never say that we need to make some sort of denominational statement on this issue. According to our SDB polity, the decision to choose who pastors a church is left to the congregation that is choosing the pastor and they may choose whomever they wish.

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Christians for Biblical Equality