Women in the pulpit
If you ask the typical church-goer on any given Sunday what the topic of the sermon was that day, or if any of those attending church gained new insights into their faith, you would find interesting the research according to the Barna Group that stated:
One of the most significant gaps uncovered by the research was the fact that most people cannot recall gaining any new spiritual insights the last time they attended church. Asked to think about their last church visit, three out of five church attenders (61%) said they could not remember a significant or important new insight or understanding related to faith. Even among those who attended church in the last week, half admitted they could not recall a significant insight they had gained.
The statistics are alarming when it comes to the subject of how much people are learning in church on any given day of attendance. So what about the issue of women in ministerial positions or even just women serving in the church without official titles? If 61% of church attendees are having difficulty acquiring new biblical insights, it is not surprising then that women are still struggling to gain recognition as pastors. Women pastors in the Chicago area still struggle as do women pastors throughout the United States, when it comes to being recognized and accepted by pastors that are men.From the early 1990s through 1999 just 5% of the Senior Pastors of Protestant churches were female. Since that time the proportion has slowly but steadily risen, doubling to 10% in 2009, according to Barna Group
After two thousand years give or take, it seems that the status of women in ministry has only grown at a nominal rate. Albeit, ministry opportunities have grown, but it has not grown nor improved much since the inception of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. If anything, the first century church probably saw more women ministers on average for its size. Although, there have been women ordained into ministry throughout these last two thousand years, it has been only a small percentage that has achieved the status of ordination.
It should be no surprise then that women are still trying to break the stained-glass ceiling, so to speak, in our churches. There are still a majority of men in the church functioning as pastors who espouse the idea that women do not belong behind the pulpit. However, they should read the Scriptures to see how the Lord Jesus dealt with women. But perhaps, they would find that they woulf have to change their views if they actually read the Bible on the subject matter.
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