Women Can't Serve as Senior Pastors, Can They?
There are very few teachings in the history of the Christian church that have created more problems then the false belief that God has set up the human race so that woman can not participate in church leadership. Pastor Rich breaks the myth that only men can be pastors by exploring the proper historical setting and meaning of 1 Timothy 2. In this passage we see that Paul does not believe that the criteria for leadership is based on any one person’s human merit, ethnic origin, social status or gender, but instead based on someone’s calling, character and competence. Paul’s writing in 1 Timothy 2 in not a universal prohibition against women at all times, in all places, and in all settings from preaching, leading, or being a senior pastor. What it is in fact is a prohibition against women and against men from doing anything in any place which will undermine the mission of the gospel. The situation that Paul is addressing is specific to the time and setting of Ephesus.