Women in Ministry?

Last weekend was Mother’s Day and I was particularly excited because we had women preaching in each of our morning services. It would be the first time a woman preached in a church service in that particular facility. I was stoked! The worship in both services was attended by a powerful sense of the presence of God. There was a general excitement in the air. I knew as our local spiritual family came together to worship Jesus and honor women and mothers, the church all over the nation was doing likewise.

Amy Lyle, who spoke during our second service, mentioned that she had been experiencing much mental and spiritual warfare throughout the week. She said she had read blogs written by men stating that women who were planning on speaking at a church service on Mother’s Day would be in direct rebellion against the scriptures and in sin against the Lord. When I heard this, it honestly took me a minute to gather myself. I was deeply agitated and then moments later sickened that this was her experience. My extreme displeasure only remained for a moment because Amy was absolutely rocking the house (message).

I have championed women in ministry for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a church where the pastors were a husband and wife who both regularly ministered in a variety of functions in the church. It was very normal for me to receive from women who were powerfully anointed to preach and teach the Word, counsel, prophesy, cast out demons, and lead in a variety of tasks. It wasn’t until much later in my Christian walk that I bumped into the doctrine of complementarianism. I have long discounted it as a misunderstanding of Scripture. Though I believe there are many sincere and godly believers who subscribe to this view, I also believe they are unfortunately, extremely misinformed about the Biblical role of women.

The fact that this continues to remain an issue in the church has compelled me to weigh in and offer a Biblically sound perspective on the role of women in ministry. Over the next several days, I’m going to publish a series of blogs that will offer biblical examples of women commissioned by the Lord into leadership as well as exegesis on the most difficult New Testament passages that are used as “proof texts” to support the idea that women aren’t allowed to preach or lead in the church. Stay tuned as we jump into this topic. I believe the Lord is going to set many women free to step into their calling and anointing through the truths the Scriptures offer!

5 thoughts on “Women in Ministry?

  1. Go Jesus thru Pastor Billy!
    We need me to champion us on, as we both encourage one another as a family in unity, and see eachother how God Sees us!
    Shalom, of blessings and my prayers for your words to penetrate the heart of God’s people( men & women), u fortunately many, many woman have picked up the same false doctrine and identity. Saddens me to not only have to fight against the spirit in men but in my own gender♥️Tally Ho, Fiteridrr!

  2. So. Socially relevant has replaced biblical doctrine. A good old cup of Jesus Latte and some social justice is way better than sound biblical doctrine.

    I’m saddened I once looked up to you.

    1. Hey Jeff, thanks for your comment. I’m not sure what you mean by “socially relevant” replacing biblical doctrine. I want to encourage you to read all parts of this series before passing judgment on the content. In the next several posts I will walk through specific biblical texts so that we can get a clear picture of what the Bible actually says. I hope you’ll read all 5 parts and let the scripture speak to your heart. Blessings!

  3. Pastor Billy thank you for the series of blogs on this very important topic. I personally cannot wait to read the truth that you will reveal through your blogs.. I’m excited to read all about the women in the Bible and to understand our biblical roles. Thank you for being obedient and for always allowing the Bible to speak for itself. I am beyond excited to read what’s to come.

    Blessings.

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