What Does The Bible Say About Women Pastors?

women pastors

Is the practice of appointing women pastors biblical? Paul said, “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1 NIV). There are many who desire the job, but desiring the task is not the only requirement. Paul gives a list of traits in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 that those who desire the job must possess.

The Bible authorizes women to do much more in the church than church leaders have allowed them to do. Women have traditionally been prevented from teaching men because of a misunderstanding of 1 Cor 14:34-35 and 1 Tim 2:11-14. However, these passages do not mean what some think they mean. In fact, the Bible does not prohibit women from teaching men

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in 1 Timothy, Church Leadership, Preaching, Women

Your Pastor Probably Isn’t A Preacher


The New Testament uses several words to describe the role of those who have the spiritual oversight of a local church. They are elder (or presbyter), shepherd (or pastor), overseer (or bishop), and steward. The word preacher is perhaps the term most frequently used by Christians to refer to a pastor. It is quite remarkable, therefore, that the New Testament never refers to a congregation’s leader as a preacher!

Most Christians use the words preacher and pastor interchangeably, but the Bible does not. The New Testament makes a distinction between the two roles. It is understandable why this difference is overlooked; most of us were never taught to notice the difference. Even well educated teachers and scholars typically fail to point out the differences in the two roles. 

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in 1 Timothy, Church Leadership, Misconceptions, Preaching

Does The Bible Permit Women Preachers?

Women Preachers

There has been much controversy recently over the idea of women preachers. Does the Bible permit a woman to preach? Can a woman be a pastor? Isn’t a preacher and a pastor the same thing? Actually, they are not the same but even famous, well educated, highly credentialed ministers and scholars typically fail to make this distinction. 

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Church Leadership, Misconceptions, Preaching