For the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ

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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