If you believe in the Trinity… why not women leaders?

This post is older, as Daniel has moved on, further down the road, but I still want to call your attention to it.

He asks,

So here’s something I can’t quite get my head around: If it took the church a few hundred years to figure out that God was Trinity, why is there a constant stream among the comments in my posts on women to the effect that holding a different view of women from the biblical writers (or a few biblical texts) is somehow tantamount to denying inspiration, not admitting that a certain passage is canonical, and the like?

Storied Theology » A Stray Thought on Women and The Bible.

When I was enthralled in Southern History back at the turn of the century, scholarship in that area was starting to delve into the role which women played in the antebellum South. They did play a major role and even now I can look back two generations and see the strength of the women who I call ‘great-‘.

Anyway, I have to wonder, if you allow for trajectory development  of doctrine while reading only a plain sense in Scripture, how then can you simply not allow women leaders?

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11 Replies to “If you believe in the Trinity… why not women leaders?”

  1. Loren Cunningham ( The guy who founded YWAM ministries) wrote a great book called Why Not Women. I found the thought process to be very interesting.

    Why not women indeed! Great Article!

  2. Since this is in the “been there done that” category now, we first have to pay attention to the facts: There are plenty of denominations which believe in the trinity and are growing. Denominations which allow women preachers, however, are slowly shrinking or dying. (e.g. Episcopals, PCUSA, UCC). It isn't hard to figure out the 'why' of all this.

    At another level, the Trinity was developed by serious Christians who did it in submission to the text of the Bible. The notion of Women preaching to men, however, is pretty much the result of an opposite mindset.

  3. Looney, I would contend with you with your numbers. As a matter of fact, the pentecostal denominations have long supported women preachers and they are growing by leaps and bounds.

  4. The relationship among the distinct personalities of the Triune God is at the heart of complementarian church polity.

  5. Certainly you have a point with the pentecostals. There is a large one near me that I have heard about with a woman pastor. I haven't been there myself, but someone I knew well went to work on staff there (a female). The main story I heard was that the church had very few men, which is quite different from other evangelical churches. (My friend was lamenting this.) Certainly the Lord can and will do something good with all this.

  6. Loony, I know of several women who go into the ministry in a pastoral capacity (especially in the methodist church) I found that most never get their own church and are usually set up as associates or youth ministers.

    I wonder how many get frustrated with the politics and chose another vocation.

  7. Any of us can get frustrated with the politics and chose another vocation. There are a lot of workers needed in a church, while teaching youth is the most important.

  8. Agreed!

    My husband is working on revamping youth programs and giving the kids more tools to take with them rather than a success formula. He has such a passion for youth.

    I'm not saying youth isn't important but they are the least paid, very important and so many women who get their theology degree would like to pastor the whole congregation and not just specifically the youth.

  9. Correlation does not equate causation. (post hoc ergo propter hoc)

    I could also point to congregation that do not allow women pastors and they are slowly shrinking as well.

  10. Bernice Gerard was the best known evangelist in British Columbia and she was instrumental in founding 200 Pentecostal congregations.

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