Women in Ministry & Trajectory Theology

April 12, 2012 | By | 3 Comments

I generally define myself as a “soft-Complementarian” when it comes to my understanding of how Scripture informs us concerning the issue of women serving in ministry. In a nutshell, I hesitate at seeing Scripture affirming women as Elders (Pastors, Overseers) but do not see a problem with women teaching or preaching within the context of the local church gatherings. I suppose I could even state that I believe that the normative way in which a “senior” church leadership team should exist is by having men as a part of that group. That means that I’m not necessarily opposed to women being “team members” nor that I think this is the way it must always be (hence the use of my word “normative”).

Yet I should say that I’m increasingly aware that I may be either moving closer to Egalitarianism or at least more open to exploring the issue. If you are an Egalitarian, please refrain from recommending all of the wonderful books you own or have written or know will change my life. I probably already own them and I’m not so interested in this subject that I have to figure it out right this second. Thanks though! :)

There’s three blogs that I think everyone should take a look at. Two include videos and the third is a decent introduction to the way that trajectory works within certain perspectives concerning hermeneutics. Check them out:

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Luke Geraty has been married to Dawn for 12 years and they have four children, plus one on the way! For the past seven and a half years, he has served as the lead pastor of Trinity Christian Fellowship, a Vineyard Church. In his spare time, he prays, reads, blogs, writes, disciples, plays video games, drinks coffee, and eats sushi... but not simultaneously. Actually, that's not true. Luke is a multi-tasking extraordinaire who likes to juggle. Aside from leading in a local church, he is regularly involved in coaching and training leaders and providing support for local churches from a variety of traditions. He has earned a B.Th., M.Div. and is working on an MA through the University of Birmingham (UK) with the hopes of eventually completing a Ph.D. in some esoteric theological field... like ecclesiology in the rural church. Learn more about Luke here.
  • http://prodigalthought.net/ ScottL

    You said: If you are an Egalitarian, please refrain from recommending all of the wonderful books you own or have written or know will change my life. I probably already own them and I’m not so interested in this subject that I have to figure it out right this second. Thanks though!

    Well, you could just read all my articles and you wouldn’t have to read books. :)

    Thanks for the link.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SeanClue Sean Clue

     LOL!

  • Brian Foulks

    It is so alarming that such an issue can and has caused major friction in the body of Christ. I understand both sides and can’t say I am more persuaded with one side versus the other, sadly it becomes a matter of context most of the time. I tend to take may stands though with you luke when cornered.