Supporting Women in Ministry

Stephanie-York-Arnold

 

This page was created to support all clergy. All Clergy! Not just male clergy!

We can’t believe any of you are surprised that we support women in ministry–at all levels of ministry.  This has been our stance from the beginning of our organization. We have frequently posted about our support for clergywomen. Our coaching team is made up of male and female clergy. And we are all part of churches and denominations that affirm and celebrate female clergy.

Yesterday, we posted a beautiful and courageous article about clergywomen by a clergywoman. In response to that post, many hurtful and hostile comments were made about women in ministry.

For much of the day, the CcNet team members who monitor this page were away from a computer, and we were unable to respond until now.

This page was created to challenge, support and equip those seeking to do ministry.  It was not, is not, and will not become a forum for those seeking to challenge the right of a women to do ministry. It is intended to be a safe place for all clergy who are seeking to be transformational leaders.   

In the future, comments that are unsupportive of women in ministry will be deleted, and those making the comments will be banned from this page.

We understand that some of you come from traditions that do not believe as we do.  We respect your right to differ.  If you have differing opinions, you are free to share those opinions elsewhere, but not on this page.  If you feel that CcNet is not a page you can support, we understand.  We hope you will stay, but if you choose to leave, the peace of Christ be with you!

If you wish to learn more about the Biblical and theological justification for our support of clergywomen, we encourage you to take the time to read this link from Dr. Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary: http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/200102/082_paul.cfm?fbclid=IwAR21l5dUSujAQlRNFL7Wj9kDyWGcMhIITRHJaLqkCjV0onsSwHVzZ4t2XcU

If you wish to know more about the abuse clergywomen often experience, check out this video: https://www.episcopalcafe.com/a-short-film-on-the-experiences-of-clergywomen-hertruth-women-in-ministry-break-their-silence/

Or look at the link we shared yesterday: https://leannefriesen.com/2019/02/13/when-youre-a-woman-pastor-and-youre-over-it-already/?fbclid=IwAR3BPT9ye4C7r7TiWvaXwe8nzTtTeGKS9aZP5c6umTd11HOKQYad1p8quzQ

We cannot monitor this page 24/7, but if posts are made that are abusive or unsupportive, we will notice, and we will take the appropriate action.

Thank you!

 

 

13 thoughts on “Supporting Women in Ministry”

  1. Thanks for posting. I’ve been a supporter of women in ministry for as long as I can remember. It just makes sense. Why would God ever limit ministry and disciple making to only half the humanity that God has created personally by hand? As the church which belongs to Jesus Christ (not us!), we need all the ministers, preachers, leaders, etc that we can get!!!

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  2. Can I just simply ask where the evidence is in scripture to support this practice? Maybe I’m missing something that I haven’t read before? Would appreciate some biblical proof !
    Thanks!

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  3. Thank you!!! As a woman in ministry with female family members in pastoral leadership, it is refreshing to have someone who is their sisters’ keeper!

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  4. It hurts my heart every time that I hear about women being downtrodden in the church. It definitely shows those who have not read or really payed attention to God’s holy word. They definitely didn’t realize who Deborah was. I truly just feel for those people.

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  5. The very moment Jesus called all of us to be disciples in Matthew 28 the door was open to everyone in vocational ministry. Who are we to judge anyone? We have no kingdom to offer in our judgement, however Christ does. The sex of the minister or church leader does not, nor ever will, matter. What truly matters is a loving heart that boasts of the Gospel message regardless of the sex. Revelation 21:9-20 tells us all of the New Jerusalem, our kingdom in heaven to be enjoyed by all men and women.

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  6. Thank you for your support and stance. I retired in June, 2018, after 30 years in ministry. It’s hard to believe that we are still fighting this battle about women in ministry. if someone is giving a really hard time about being a woman in ministry, tell them to go argue it with God, because God is the one who called me into ministry. Oh, and to read the Resurrection account in Gospel of John. If it had not been for Mary Magdalene, men would not have known about Christ’s resurrection — or from any of the Gospels. Thank you again.

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  7. Wow, so nice to hear someone just take a stand, set appropriate limits on online speech, and advocate for women and for civil discussion. Thank you and may God bless your ministry.

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  8. Thank you for making a commitment of compassion and support! It is challenging enough (even in a main line that “encourages” female clergy) to be a female clergy so to come to a site like this for resources and find additional negative energy is disheartening. Your commitment to empower is an excellent step of hope and witnesses to the real message of Jesus Christ who loved everyone!

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