Have Opinions On Women in Ministry?

What encourages women to participate in ministry? What holds them back? What is theology of work? Is your career a ministry? Could it be? Can the traditional woman and the modern woman get along together?

These are some of the things that I start to think about when discussing topics such as Sarah‘s in Intellectuelle this past week.

2 thoughts on “Have Opinions On Women in Ministry?”

  1. If my life revolves around being in relationship with God–glorifying Him, worshipping Him, serving Him and also having His life breathed into me, then I think (if we have to use the word “ministry”) that, yes, my career is ministry. Not that I’m outwardly obsessed with pointing out a God-fact about every situation. And not that I have to chalk up spiritual sounding phrases in every conversation. It’s just that internally, at the center of my universe the root of my worldview, is God. And everything I do or say or feel or think happens in that context.

    Shoot, I have a hard time saying, at any given time, what my “career” actually is. I’m a stay-at-home Mom. I homeschool. I research. I think. I listen to people and sometimes offer advice (counselor?). I talk to people and receive their advice (client?). I do clerical work part time from my home. I’m a networker for people who ask me for information. And at the root of all of that and woven through all of it is being in relationship with God. That permeates every career angle I’m walking in at any given moment. It’s hard for me to box that into the word “ministry”, even though I sort of see why we need the word.

  2. You point out, and exemplify, the fact that “ministry” has many facets. It is a little difficult to discuss for that reason.

    I think that perhaps it is useful to think of it in the terms we usually do because many times “ministry” is dependent upon a number of people with differing gifts and callings working together to accomplish the Kingdom goal of sharing the good news and discipling people. I think of ministry as having two main modes: the Paul mode and the Barnabas mode. Many of us work as Barnabas did in supporting the larger scope of ministry while living our daily lives committed to the individual scale. There are the macro-scope ministries such as Paul’s which are establishing assemblies and teaching theological truth to perpetuate the gospel as Jesus commanded. This two-pronged approach is important in all areas of the church.

    I still have some hesitations about women in ministry as it is put forth – mainly on points relating to the character that we should cultivate in serving God. Many of us are tempted to push for our place. I am not sure how to slot that into the main thing which you well described: “being in relationship with God–glorifying Him, worshipping Him, serving Him and also having His life breathed into me”

    I get inklings that we are sometimes valuing the gift on the altar more than the altar and what makes it so precious and holy. Yet, there is the sense within me that God desires us to be ambitious for spiritual things and stand firm for what is just and vital when there are conflicting opinions.

    Perhaps what the transition is about is more of who we are in Christ rather than what opportunities we have for our gender. Yet, it seems the two are somehow linked. Maybe the question being given us is ” are you new vessels or are you the old wineskin? ” Are we tied into our old thinking and ways? Or are we ready to venture into the renewing of our minds and the new hearts and ways of Christ Jesus?

    One thing I am very sure of in all this is that it isn’t a political tug of war. Worldly ways of demanding rights is not going to work in this. Preaching truth , however…

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