Should Women Be Pastors?

Should women be pastors? This argument has transcended generations and is still causing division in the body of Christ. There has been a lot of confusion on this matter, each with an opinion and biblical references backing up their points. You may have noticed that a lot of people are against the idea of a woman being their pastor. Some have refused to visit churches where a femalShould Women Be Pastorse presides as pastor while some others do not mind being led by a woman. They read the rest of the scriptures as regards to women in leadership, through the lens of 1st Timothy 2:11-15. Traditions and laws have forbidden the woman from taking the lead in the house of God. Well, it is a good thing that we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Before we start to see how true or how false their opinions are, let us define according to the Word, who the woman is, God’s purpose for her and how it relates to the pastoral call. Let’s take off our gender-based sentimental hats, rid ourselves of every opinion and look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. 

God’s Purpose for the Woman

The woman was not an afterthought. She was neither created out of necessity, merely because man needed assistance. She was created to dominate just like the man. Yes! She was created after the man but she isn’t inferior to him. Gen 1:26 tells us that God made Man in his own image and likeness and he created them male and female. God is Spirit, the real you [man] is spirit and a spirit has no gender. Whatever God said to man, He referred male and female. When He gave the dominion mandate in verse 28, He gave it to both male and female. The woman and the man are equal spiritually but different physically; complementary in nature. They were both given the dominion mandate but they were to carry out this assignment differently. The man has the leadership position as he was the first one to be put in the garden. The woman has the power of influence, designed to help the man. She brings a different way of service to the table. This may spoil your traditional beliefs and what you have been taught from the onset, but please read on with an open mind.

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Who is a pastor?

A pastor is one of the five-fold ministry, a leader who takes care of the flock, nursing them to spiritual health. The next logical question to ask is this: “Were there any female leaders in the Bible times?”

Should Women Be Pastors? – Some Examples of Women in Leadership

Miriam:

Taking a stroll to Micah 6:4 (NIV), it reads: I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and MiriamIt is very important to note that God himself acknowledged Miriam as a leader. She was part of the team of leaders who led the people of Israel to the promise land. She served alongside her brothers, Moses and Aaron. Like Moses, she made several mistakes during her time as a leader but she repented of them. You’d notice that she was not mentioned as much as Moses or Aaron was. This is because women lead differently from men. Men have a dominant attitude, announcing his authority through words and actions but this is different for a woman. Women lead through influence. This subtle way is not really noticed and taken for granted at times but its effect is felt greatly.

Back to our question, Should Women be pastors? Well, read on. 

Deborah:

Deborah, who was a prophetess, a judge and the wife of Lappidoth was another great leader in the bible times. She knew her identity as a woman and understood her God-given authority; the influence power given to her. Deborah understood that her position as a judge was not a means for her to oppress the people. This was evident in the way she addressed Barak. The way she led in humility and understanding was so great that Barak refused to go to war without her. He didn’t mind the fact that he would lose the glory of the victory to a woman [Judges 4:8-9].

So what do you think, should women be pastors?

Others…

The Bible also identifies Esther, Huldah, Anna, four daughters of Philip and several others. These women understood their God-given purpose and took the lead without disrespecting the position and authority of the man. There is nothing wrong with a woman being a pastor. They have their own unique role to play. The way they lead may be different from men but God totally approves of it. After all, He created them and God never creates anything to fail.

Should Women be Pastors? – Paul’s View

Paul was one of the apostles who dominated the earth through his ministry. He mentioned some things in his letters to the church in Corinth [1st Cor 14:34] and Ephesus [1st Timothy 2:11-15] that forbids women to participate in leadership roles. I believe his intent has been greatly misunderstood. Paul addressed the matter with regard to the happenings in the church at the time. He was speaking to the women and men alike who were struggling with the negative effects of the fall and were still yet to grasp the significance of what Jesus did on the cross.

Gal 3:28 had Paul saying this,

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.” He addressed our spirit-man; the one living in our physical bodies, male and female alike. Anyone who walks in the Spirit is not bound by the Law. The curse is broken. We need to stop living in the past, the chains of the law and stop trying to put God in a box. God’s ways are totally from ours and so are His thoughts. God will use anyone that has made himself or herself available to be used by him.

 

Just like Myles Munroe of blessed memory would say,

let us ask ourselves which is more important, culture or Christ? Did Jesus ever command a woman to be silent or rebuke her from leading and preaching the Word? Think about these things and do not let culture define God’s standards to you.

Should women be pastors?

Yes! I believe so. In practice, I have discovered that women in ministry care passionately more than men in some cases because of their nature. Many female pastors are also blessed with the great support of their husbands. Kathryn Kulhman was one of the greatest women preachers who walked the face of the earth. The same goes for Joyce Meyer, another great woman of God. We need to realize that God’s plan for the woman in all areas including leadership has been restored. If you are in Christ and you have the Holy Spirit leading you, God can use you to feed his flock, needless of your gender.

If Jesus did not condemn it, I wouldn’t condemn it either and so should you.

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Bible Verses For Women

The identity of women has been misplaced. Bible verses for women are essentials to read for women of all ages. This is because we now let the society decide and dictate to us what is lawful and what is not. These standards leaves us feeling empty and frustrated after trying to keep up with their ever-changing demands. Let’s do a little exercise, shall we? I have compiled a few bible verses for women. Take your time to study and meditate on these bible verses.

Feel free to also share this bible verses for women with other women you care about.

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Bible Verses For Women – Her Purpose

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So, the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So, the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. -Genesis 2:18-24

Bible Verses For Women – Her Design

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value… She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue… Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:10-31

Her Design

In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. -1st Timothy 3:11

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. –Proverbs 14:1

A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof. -Proverbs 19:13

It is better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. –Proverbs 21:9

Bible Verses For Women – Her Love

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which He is the Savior. –Ephesians 5:22-23

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. -1 Peter 3:1-2

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good… –Titus 2:3-5

Bible Verses For Women – Her Beauty

I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. A woman should learn in quietness and full submission… –1 Timothy 2:9-15

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. –Proverbs 31:25

God is within her, she will not fall. –Psalm 46:5

 

Bible Verses For Women – Her Strength

Under His wings, you will find refuge. -Psalm 9:1

Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. -Philippians 4:6-8

By the grace of God, I am what I am. -1 Corinthians 15:10

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not onto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Her Strength

Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her. -Luke 1:45

Be strong, brave and fearless. You are never alone. -Joshua 1:9

Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you. -Psalm 93:4

And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. -Colossians 2:10

Her Strength…

God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. -2nd Tim 1:7

Bible Verses For Women – Her Future

“For I know the thoughts and the plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. -Jeremiah 29:11

The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still. -Exodus 14:14

I will never leave you or forsake you. -Joshua 1:5

Her Future

You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way. -Song of Solomon 4:7

Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure, remember to whom you belong. -Ephesians 2:19-22

My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. -Psalm 73:26

Others…

It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from inside you –the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear and it is worth very much to God. -1 Peter 3:3-4

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. –Joshua 1:9

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. -Proverbs 31:26

It is worthy to note that

You can only get the true value of something when you focus on extracting everything useful from it until you become satisfied. That is the essence of this exercise. You get to know God for yourself, your identity in Him and His will for women. This way, you can stop looking to men for validation, identification and security.  You will start having the confidence in who you are in Christ.

Let these bible verses for women speak to your hearts whether you are a stay at home mom, a professional woman or for those women in ministry of there. 

God bless!

Pastors Kids – Get Them Involved Early

Many times we hear of pastors kids who grew up with Mom and Dad in Ministry becoming really wayward adults. We see this a lot. Well, personally I think there are so many reasons this happens. However, in this post, I want to encourage women in ministry to consider introducing their children to ministry in very friendly ways. pastors kids

As a missionary, I have discovered that children love to be active, they may forget what you told them to do and forget to acts as pastors kids, but they will never forget the experience they had reached out to people in the soup kitchen.

Pastors kids see the challenges their parents have, first hand. Many times as their parents (mom or dad) continue to struggle with these challenges, the pastors’ kids may get confused, thinking that his or her parent is pretending and covering up their challenges. Depending on how free it is to communicate at home, the kids may not have the guts to ask mom or dad. And they end up growing up with bitterness or some other vices.

It’s important, though to have a free communication line between ministers and the pastors’ kids. That way you are not coercing your kids into what they did not themselves choose to do especially as they become older in age. You must respect their views as part of the family.

As they grow up to become teenagers and then eventually leave the home, what you desire is that they will choose to serve God with the whole of their heart. I would suggest that you find out what you can do together as a family while they are still at home and also do a research on what they could get involved with as they enter college. There are mission trips for college students.

The advancements of the kingdom of our dear Lord is why we do what we do. My desire and prayer are that pastors kids with so much confusion today will discover a loving God that cares about them, and that they will genuinely know the Lord, and grow to become great influencers in their own generation as well.

Bible Study For Women

Why do you need Bible Study For Women?  Do you sometimes wish you can have a refreshing time with God all by yourself? Isn’t it hard at times to walk by the Spirit? Aren’t you sometimes consumed by your emotions?

Well, you are not alone! Many women face the same challenges you face. And that why using a nice Bible study for women helps a great deal. Sometimes the struggle is towards understandiBible Study for womenng what the Word is saying, other times it’s knowing where to begin studying from.

If you are struggling to have a consistent Bible study for your personal spiritual growth or perhaps, you need to develop a Bible study plan for your women’s group, look no further. You are right on schedule. Bible studies for women is a way to help women allow God’s work to fill their hearts, helping them reach spiritual maturity.

Examples of  Bible Study For Women

Some of the Bible studies that help women’s ministries, small groups and most especially individuals experience the transforming power of Christ through the Word of God, includes:

Believing God by Beth Moore This is a full year Bible study for women. It provides a 5 day a week personal study experience for you, including viewers guides for the group video teaching sessions. This women’s study guide based on Isaiah 43:10, exploring God’s intention for Christian lives and how the belief system of a believer’s life should look. Through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of persons who believed God, Beth encourages women not to remain paralyzed with unbelief but to build their faith in God by receiving a fresh word from Him daily. Get it here.

True Woman 101: Divine Design by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Mary Kassian This is an 8-week topical Bible study that lays a solid biblical foundation on what it means to be a Godly woman. It teaches God’s purpose for creating the woman, showing us that the world does not define us neither should we try to define ourselves. Each week includes a daily power-packed lesson which can be discussed during group meetings for the purpose of digging deep. You get to discover who you are in Christ and be the True Woman he created you to be. Get it here

Redeemed by Angela Thomas-Pharr: This 7-session Bible studies for women is a guide for any woman who has chosen to live the life of the redeemed, allowing the Word of God renew her mind and transform her life. In this guide, Angela Thomas-Pharr explores the practical side of redemption, inviting us to lean upon Jesus for everything we need. Increase your hunger and passion for the Word of God and apply the redemption to your life in practical ways using this guide. To dig deep, you can study alongside other women as you help each other grow through this study time together and prayer. Get it here

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore: For those who have felt inadequate, threatened, or forced into situations that seemed overwhelming, this is the Bible study for you. In this topical study, Beth Moore engages in a very personal examination of the old testament Queen Esther, a woman who did not let her emotions control the destiny of her people but sought and trusted God for deliverance. This study guide peels back the layers of history and shows how very related and applicable the story of Esther is to our lives today. There are video sessions, downloadable to your PC which will help in your study. Get it here

Ruth: Loss, Love, and Legacy by Kelly Minter: A lot of women have dealt with loss in one way or another. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, studying about Ruth will give you a comfort and a way out of your misery. What better way is there to make the study exciting than using this study guide by Kelly Minter? This 6-week women’s bible study which is the second study in the Living Room Series, tells about Ruth’s journey of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy, breaking down the virtuous character of Ruth, her unique relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi, and her blossoming love with Boaz. This study includes stories, recipes, a leader guide, interactive Web site extras, and free bonus videos. Get it here

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver: Being a woman can be overwhelming sometimes, trying to balance your spiritual life, physical obligations to your husband, children and family whilst struggling with your emotions sand chores as well. This personal study is for women who struggle with this or in some other way as well, feeling they are not Godly enough or doing enough. The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet but the daily demands of a busy world prevent you from doing that. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve Him yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. This bible study is for you. Get it here

Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know About Satan, Demons and Spiritual Warfare by Chip Ingram: So many Christians downplay or even ignore the existence of demons and spiritual warfare. Others believe strongly they exist. With such divergent views, how are Christians supposed to know the truth about demonic forces at work in this world? The Invisible War examines what every believer needs to know about Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare, offering a balanced look at this controversial subject. This provocative book will help Christians understand what the Bible says about these threats and will show them how they can safeguard themselves and their families through prayer. Get it here

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer This is a topical Bible study for women that teaches us what to do when God “interrupts” our life with the call, using Jonah as a case study. Instead of running like Jonah did, pick this study guide and have a rethink on your decision to run. Priscilla Shirer uses this 7-session Bible study to define what interruption really means, showing you that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our imagination and how much it pays to obey the call. When Jonah was finally willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was a revival in an entire city. You don’t have to run first before reviving an entire city. Get it here

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry and Richard Blackaby This personal study on Experiencing God is based on seven Scriptural realities that teach us how to develop a true relationship with the Father. By understanding how God is working through us even as we try to fathom His ways, we can begin to clearly know and do His will and discover our lives greatly and gracefully changed. It also teaches how to discern and do God’s will in the midst of contradicting voices. Get it here

Breaking Free: The Journey, The Stories by Beth Moore: This personal Bible study for women draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage. She uses the scriptures to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how small. She examines the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet, Isaiah’s ministry. Get it here

Not only will these Bible studies help you grow in your understanding of Scripture, but they will transform your relationship with God and with those around you.

Please note that on Amazon, most of this titles come in different formats, as workbooks, study books, leaders’ guide for small groups… Take note to chose the format you need.

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Female Pastors in America

There are many amazing Female Pastors in America. They love God and many of them are bold, quiet, simple, funny, glamorous but in all, they each attract women to God in their own way.

Paula White 

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Juanita Bynum

Victoria Osteen

Shirley Caesar

Kim Burrell

Serita Jakes

Joyce Meyer

Beth Moore

As much as there is a huge class in America that do not believe that the bible permits women to hold leadership positions in the church over men. Paul speaks to the Ephesians and states that women should learn from the husbands at home.

Today more than ever before, the list of female pastors in America keeps getting longer. In short, many women in ministry find it interesting now especially because of the easy to combine ministry with family life. Women love to express themselves and I believe God loves to pour His Spirit on many women up till today.