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Servants of the Church

God does not ordain women to preach or to pastor, neither does He call them to any of the offices He reserved for men.

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Part of the following was in a response I made in 2003 to a young woman who stated that she was called to pastor. Like many, she refused to hear.


It is certain that God calls women for many good and noble callings, even very important positions, but He does NOT call them to pastor a church nor to preach His Word. You may want to pastor a church but that should not be construed as a calling from the Lord.

Neither does God contradict Himself and we see in His written Word that one must be a male to pastor a church. God has specific requirements for pastors and for elders. He has a specific order for everything and everyone.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; ~ 1 Timothy 3:2 (also Titus 1:5-9)

Many women claim they are called of God to preach and pastor, but a simple reading of the Scriptures shows this to be an error in understanding.

God has called all men and women, but to different and diverse ministries that honor Him and do not contradict His written Word. Many women claim they are called of God to preach and pastor, but a simple reading of the Scriptures shows this to be an error in understanding of His Word. That Word which He promised by the way, would stand unchanging for all time.

Paul, who was a servant of Christ, would have had a much harder time if it were not for the help and faithfulness of his sisters in Christ which the Bible refers to as servants of the church. These women aided the churches, conducted business for Paul, and were helpers of his work and ministry, but they did not preach, teach or lead in any manner.

Over the years I have encountered many women who become quite hostile when told there are no women preachers or pastors ordained of God. What they refuse to see when they reject the teaching of Scripture is that they argue with God, not with me. Reading the verses in the King James Bible should clarify Gods' position, but if it does not then I suggest one define the words you encounter there and consider the context.

Remember, the Bible states that Paul was a servant (life-long slave) to Christ. Phoebe and those other women were servants to the church. There is a difference in position and in calling. tiny cross