In the Greek, the word for bishop is episkopos and the word for pastor is poimen; both terms refer to the same office, and they both come from masculine nouns that mean to shepherd or to care for. The qualifications for male leadership are found in 1 Timothy and Titus The Bible does not outline character traits for female pastors, nor does it use the words episkopos or poimen when describing their role.
For those who agree with the position of women pastors, where does the Bible list the character traits needed for this role? Men are given the positions of pastors and elders because God gave them the role of leading and dying for their family and the church.
I believe that Christ coming into the world as a man was strategic for this very reason: to lead, shepherd, and die for. How did God design us? First Timothy talks about women not usurping the headship of men cf. Genesis again. But they should not be the spiritual covering over the man usurping his role. We need more female authors and speakers; both genders complement each other, not compete; we are equal in Christ, but have different roles. Jesus honored and supported the dignity of women; He treated them the way they should be treated, but He never reversed roles.
Male leadership should look to the wise advice and counsel of women before making decisions. For example, in our home, we make decisions together. Additionally, all three of my editors for books and articles including this article are women. Their advice and suggestions are priceless.
All are exceptional writers, far better than me. Women are a true blessing to the church; the glue that keeps everything together.
We would not survive or flourish without them. If the Bible supported women pastors via direct mention and a list of character traits they need to possess, I would be among their biggest fans. My view has nothing to do with opinion, male dominance, abuse of authority, or male chauvinism, but everything to do with the principles given in Scripture that allows each role to complement the whole. Times change, but truth does not. State Dept. No miracle!
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State Dept. Blended Patterns The models for family and church interrelate. They were to remain at home, to be good wives and mothers, and to take no part in public discourse or education. Most of us do not literally exchange the kiss of peace or holy kiss even though the New Testament commands it five times Romans ; 1 Corinthians ; 2 Corinthians ; 1 Thessalonians ; 1 Peter For example, he was the champion of grace rather than law, and at his initiative, the Jerusalem council confirmed that Jewish traditions were not necessarily biblical sanctions Acts
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