Does it bother me that so many men and Christian denominations still believe that woman should not be pastors?
Of course it bothers me! Anything that interferes with God’s work and God’s people going forth to bring more light into this dark world in which we live bothers me greatly!
We can argue what scriptures say or doesn't say all day long but the bottom line friends is it makes absolutely no sense (according to the whole Gospel) why God wouldn’t call women to be pastors. (Oh yes, I will tackle this subject often in this blog and for good reason, it’s part of what God has called me to do! :- )
The fact that it makes absolutely no sense for God not to call women as pastors and church planters is a BIG spiritual truth that I want to point out today. The problem with the idea of women not being pastors puts the focus on what man can do and not so much on what Christ can do.
The question should not be what gender but the question should be is that person following Christ and led by the Spirit of God? It really seems insulting to God and certainly to women to say that God can’t use women as leaders and pastors in His church. God can use anyone! That’s the gospel message, right?
And here’s the truth. The work I do is the same work that any male pastor does. The work is the same, or at least it should be.
I will revisit this subject often in this blog (along with many other controversial subjects) but for now, I want to share a little more about the work of a pastor by sharing my last few days of doing His work.
Last Friday and Saturday was the Women of Faith Conference in Rochester, NY. BHCC had around 35 women go together as a group. It was an absolutely amazing experience for the women of our church.
Now remember, our church reaches many unchurched and dechurched people. Most all of our people are either on the edges of finding faith or are brand new to finding Christ.
I often think of Paul’s illustration of how new Christians are like babes and infants in Christ and so in many ways, it feels like most of our church is a giant nursery full of precious little ones in need of much love and attention.
My calling often feels very much like a spiritual Mom. God gives me such a great heart for these people, I feel like they are like my very own children regardless of their earthly age. It’s spiritual age and maturity that I see in them.