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Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 2
Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 2

By: Beth Allison Barr
Despite the narrative from some quarters that female leadership in church is "disobeying the word of God," Baptist churches have allowed women to lead and preach. Case in point, First Baptist of Elm Mott, Texas.

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Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 1
Church Has Long History of Women Preachers - Part 1

By: Beth Allison Barr
Conservative evangelicals are often ignorant of the long history of female leaders and preachers in Christian past. The female preachers they do know about are often negative examples.

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Women Ministers - Called By God, Gifted by God
Women Ministers - Called By God, Gifted by God

By: Roger Olson
Having women ministers is not evidence of a "liberal trend." Many conservative churches have accepted women in leadership roles. Christians who reject women ministers are usually quite inconsistent in practice.

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'The Invisible Women'
'The Invisible Women'

By: Mitch Carnell
Women play major roles in the Bible, but the male-dominated church mainly marginalizes their importance, asserts the author of 'The Invisible Women.' Jesus, however, reverses this practice.

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A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God
A Theme Rarely Heard in Pulpits: Mothering Like God

By: Kelly Moreland Jones
Even though God is described in ways as other than male in the Bible, you rarely hear texts preached or prayers addressed to anyone other than a male God. Is that a problem or an opportunity?

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Is Your Church Building Authentic Community for Women?
Is Your Church Building Authentic Community for Women?

By: Carra Greer
Many Baptist churches fall short when it comes to addressing issues that affect women. Here are 6 ideas to help your church open its doors to women who need support, understanding and community.

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Why Women Matter in Church Leadership
Why Women Matter in Church Leadership

By: Jerrod Hugenot
While some Baptists claim that women should not be in church leadership, especially pastoral ministry, the truth is that without their leadership and commitment, churches would not have much left.

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Women's Inequality: From the Pulpit and Beyond
Women's Inequality: From the Pulpit and Beyond
By: Seth Vopat
It's hard enough to understand the reluctance by many to accept female pastors, but the inequality of women has consequences that reach well beyond the pulpit.
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Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
By: Joe LaGuardia
Even though some haven't welcomed women in ministry in recent years, women have been included in leadership in Baptist life since the 1600s. And they'll continue to bless the church for years to come.
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Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
By: Naomi King Walker
Qualified and called women ministers permeate every area of Baptist life, yet many still enjoy far fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. The attitudes of churches are evolving. Has yours?
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Culture Bombards Women with Unattainable Images
Culture Bombards Women with Unattainable Images
From a disturbingly young age, every mirror culture can provide a woman tells her that it is the shape, size, look, feel, smell and taste of her body that gives her value. Even in church.
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Moderate Baptists Make Slow Progress on Women Pastors
Moderate Baptists Make Slow Progress on Women Pastors
Moderate Baptists are making progress on accepting women as senior pastors, but it's painfully slow. Meanwhile, they lose gifted women who fulfill their calling in other churches.
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Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women serving in the ministry know some ceilings won't be broken in their lifetimes. Yet they can join together and beat upon the glass ceiling to make a million cracks.
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Lottie Moon's Courageous Stand for Gender Equality
Lottie Moon's Courageous Stand for Gender Equality
Lottie Moon was one of the first single Baptist women to be appointed as a missionary – with the understanding she would be involved only in "women's work for women." She didn't listen.
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British Baptists: No Stained-Glass Ceiling for Women
British Baptists: No Stained-Glass Ceiling for Women
While British Baptists' record on women in ministry is far from perfect, they have affirmed the ministry of women in every aspect of their life together – and have done so for a long time.
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Constitutional Crisis in England's Church-State Relations?
Constitutional Crisis in England's Church-State Relations?
If the matter of women bishops remains unresolved and the conflict ratchets higher, is it possible that there could be a parting of the ways for the marriage of church and state in England?
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Skype Interview: Cindy Dawson Discusses Global Women
Skype Interview: Cindy Dawson Discusses Global Women
An ecumenical Christian nonprofit is dedicated to helping women around the globe to fulfill their unique purpose, the group's executive director tells EthicsDaily.com.
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How Global Women Seeks to Transform the World
How Global Women Seeks to Transform the World
Founded in 2001, Global Women's vision is of a world where every woman is empowered by God's love, valued by her community and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose.
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Have Southern Baptists Entered Witness Protection?
Have Southern Baptists Entered Witness Protection?
"Baptist" used to mean freedom, tolerance and autonomy. Now it means bigotry and partisan politics. And that's why so many Southern Baptist churches need to change their names.
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Marginalizing Women in Church Betrays Gospel
Marginalizing Women in Church Betrays Gospel
Folks who are the most vocal about "living under biblical authority" often rely on obscure verses to keep women from exercising their leadership gifts in the church. It betrays the gospel.
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Women in Ministry Stepping Out of Shadows
Women in Ministry Stepping Out of Shadows
Long kept in the shadows by Baptist churches, women in ministry are moving into the spotlight. Participation in a program that highlights women in the pulpit has quadrupled in two years.
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Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon Defied Male-Dominated Southern Baptists
Lottie Moon, whose name and likeness are used by Southern Baptists to fuel fundraising efforts for foreign missions, was a "defiant pioneer" who saw no restrictions on women in ministry.
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Being Thankful for Impact of an Opinionated Woman
Being Thankful for Impact of an Opinionated Woman
If something didn't work the way it should, Ethel would find out why and fix it. She was a formidable woman with strong opinions about everything. And you know what? She was right.
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Here's What You Should Not Do When Preaching
Here's What You Should Not Do When Preaching
Lots of people will tell you how to preach. But Lillian Daniel, senior minister of First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill., recently shared tips on how not to preach.
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What is Jesus' View on Women in Ministry?
What is Jesus' View on Women in Ministry?
Although conservative pastors and husbands advocate for male domination, Jesus' words and actions about women in ministry are clear: He didn't restrict women.
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Is a Woman Preaching at Your Church This Month?
Is a Woman Preaching at Your Church This Month?
For many women, Martha Stearns Marshall Month may be the only time they preach for the entire year. And for many church members, it may be the only time they hear a female preach God's word.
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Do Goodwill Baptists Welcome Women in Ministry?
Do Goodwill Baptists Welcome Women in Ministry?
Open-minded Baptists say they are open to women in ministry in all levels of leadership, but the statistics suggest otherwise. What's at stake for this discrepancy?
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Priest Won’t Stop Push for Women’s Ordination
(RNS) The Roman Catholic priest who faces expulsion from the priesthood for advocating for women to be ordained as priests is refusing to recant.
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Catholic Priest Faces Expulsion for Supporting Women’s Ordination
(RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who has campaigned for the ordination of women has been told he will be expelled if he does not publicly recant.
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Pastor Preaches Brotherly Love for his Co-pastor Sister
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Decades ago, Daniel Parker would pretend to be a preacher, belting out sermons as he jumped up and down on his bed.
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Subtle Barriers Can Hold Back Women Ministers
Subtle Barriers Can Hold Back Women Ministers
Even among individual Christians and churches that advocate for women in ministry, hierarchical thinking can subtly manifest itself as patriarchal attitudes of superiority.
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Excommunicated Priest Now Faces Explusion
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Rev. Roy Bourgeois now faces expulsion from his religious order and from the priesthood over his support for the ordination of women.
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Prathia Hall: A Barrier-Breaking Woman Preacher
Prathia Hall: A Barrier-Breaking Woman Preacher
As a young woman in the civil rights movement, Prathia L. Hall was a barrier-breaking Baptist woman preacher, raising her fiery and focused voice in some of the movement's toughest battlegrounds.
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Ordination Practices: Following Christ or Tradition?
Ordination Practices: Following Christ or Tradition?
Baptists have never had consistent criteria for ordaining deacons, ministers or pastors, but the perception of ordination for many of them has shifted from a recognition of servanthood to a position of authority and power.
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Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
Georgia Baptists' Anger over Women Pastors
The Georgia Baptist Convention has ousted a church from their ranks because the congregation has a woman as co-pastor. If the state's Baptists really have a problem, perhaps they should have voted God out.
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Bishop Compares Fight over Female Bishops to World War II
LONDON (RNS) A bishop has triggered fury by likening the debate over allowing female bishops to the “serious threat” of warfare.
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Unanimous Baptists – Isn't That an Oxymoron?
Unanimous Baptists – Isn't That an Oxymoron?
Why do many Baptist churches insist on unanimous recommendations from their pastor search committees? Many are insecure and don't want potential challenges to their recommendations on the church floor.
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On Calling Women Pastors: Say One Thing, Do Another
On Calling Women Pastors: Say One Thing, Do Another
It's time for moderate Baptists who claim they support women pastors to quit paying lip service to the notion and actually call a woman. When will they be ready to give women a chance?
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Last Holdout Episcopal Diocese Ordains Female Priest
(RNS) Women have been ordained as priests in all 110 dioceses of the Episcopal Church.
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Gradually Clearing the Path for Women in Ministry
Gradually Clearing the Path for Women in Ministry
Blazing the trail for women to serve in the ministry hasn't been easy, but the path has fewer rocks and ruts than it did years ago. For today's young women, the journey is a little smoother. And that makes it worth it.
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Church of God Says Women Can Be Leaders but Not Bishops
(RNS) The Church of God has decided to permit women to serve on local church councils but they cannot be ordained as bishops.
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Finding Courage to Challenge Churches' Patriarchy
Finding Courage to Challenge Churches' Patriarchy
Churches seem to be the most formidable institutional structures resistant to egalitarian roles for women. To reform it, God needs people to challenge the religious powers that be and become instruments of peace.
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Women in Ministry – Right, Inevitable, Overdue
Women in Ministry – Right, Inevitable, Overdue
Men have long held senior leadership roles in the church and fulfilled the pastoral role. What continues to keep Baptists and some evangelicals from accepting women in Christian leadership, especially as pastors?
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Baptist's Call for Gender Equality in Early 1900s
Baptist's Call for Gender Equality in Early 1900s
Some conservatives say it is God's intention that women should be "submissive" to men, but a Baptist woman from the early 1900s saw it differently when she proclaimed that women were created as equal to men.
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When Churches Deny Full Equality to Women
When Churches Deny Full Equality to Women
The Rev. Janine Denomme, who devoted her life to the Catholic Church and had been ordained as a priest, died on May 17. That ordination was grounds to deny her a Roman Catholic burial at her local parish.
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How Small Churches Can Find Qualified Ministers
How Small Churches Can Find Qualified Ministers
While there is a surplus of ministers wanting a shrinking pool of big-church jobs, many small churches have difficulty attracting a decent pastor. They could have an easier time if they didn't eliminate half the candidates.
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One Woman's Mission to India's Poor
One Woman's Mission to India's Poor
Lepers. Orphans. HIV patients. Prisoners. The elderly. Marginalized youth. They are among the poorest of the poor in India. And Leena Lavanya forges her own path to minister to all of them.
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Some Equate Gospel with Subjugating Women
Some Equate Gospel with Subjugating Women
Some Southern Baptists claim that preventing women from serving as pastors is defending the gospel. When did Jesus proclaim that the good news of the Kingdom of God is that women should not exercise authority over men?
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Obeying God's Word – When It Suits Them
Obeying God's Word – When It Suits Them
When Baptist leaders explain how they can justify banning women preachers, they often shrug and say that's what God's word says. By selectively embracing the Bible literally, they are impeding God's working in our world.
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When Injustice Strikes, 'Make Them Hear You'
When Injustice Strikes, 'Make Them Hear You'
The Georgia Baptist Convention is preparing to sever ties with a church that called a woman as co-pastor. Why doesn't the church break ties on its own? That may be easier to do, but something bigger is at stake.
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Women Pastors: Baptists' Loss Is Others' Gain
Women Pastors: Baptists' Loss Is Others' Gain
In too many Baptist circles today, the calling of a woman to pastoral ministry is still denied or dismissed. Yet, in churches where the principle of the autonomy of the local church is truly cherished, miracles occur.
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Woman Preacher's Legacy Spans Generations
Woman Preacher's Legacy Spans Generations
The last seven generations of the Cartledge family have been Baptists. And it all started because of a seemingly unfortunate incident and a woman preacher's spirited defense in 1770.
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Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists must treat each other with respect and civility even when there are disagreements over issues, an Oklahoma pastor and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter both urged.
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Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
Is Blaming Men for Inequitable Treatment of Women Good Theology?
It's not just the leaders of the male-dominated Southern Baptist Convention that stifle women. Those who disagree but remain silent are also culpable.
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South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
Christy McMillin-Goodwin, associate minister for education and missions at Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill, S.C., has been nominated as moderator-elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Like Other Justices, Sotomayor's Perspective Will Sway Decisions
Like Other Justices, Sotomayor's Perspective Will Sway Decisions
Charged with being "racist" for a remark she made in 2001, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was simply acknowledging that perspective can be important. Like every other justice, her experiences inform her perspective.
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Surprise Package: Some SBC Churches Drop
Surprise Package: Some SBC Churches Drop "Baptist" from Name
Why are some Southern Baptist churches reluctant to use Baptist in their name? To the church-hunter who has already disavowed the denomination, it's like the joy from receiving a pretty package – until you see what's inside.
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Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Carolyn Staley, minister of education at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., has organized an Arkansas Chapter of Baptist Women in Ministry. Some of her members can't be named publicly.
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Female Baptist Pastor in South Africa Loves on the Edge
Cheryl Allen is a senior pastor because she literally has gone where no man would go.
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The Southern Baptist Convention is not a Cult, We Just Sometimes Act Like We Are
Over this past weekend, the most read article on Foxnews.com was entitled "Magazines Featuring Female Pastors Pulled From Shelves, 'Treated Like Pornography.'"
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Report: LifeWay Pulls Magazine Featuring Women Preachers
LifeWay Christian Stores reportedly pulled a Christian magazine from its racks because five smiling women on its cover are pastors.
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Do You Love the Church?
During the Friday evening worship service at the CBF annual meeting in Memphis, the CBF director of missional church ministries began his presentation by saying, "I love church." He then invited the participants to repeat the phrase in unison. I'm not much into cheerleading, so I didn't open my mouth. I just couldn't bring myself to say the words. Let me tell you why.
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Great Preachers Wear Dresses
What do Karen Armstrong, Kathleen Norris and Anne Rice have in common? Actually, they share several similarities. They are all white women born in the 1940s who have been heavily influenced by the Catholic tradition and are prolific and acclaimed English-language authors.
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Despite Setbacks, Study Says Baptist Women Making Gains in Ministry
Despite the Southern Baptist Convention's declaration eight years ago that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors, the ranks of ordained Baptist clergywomen in the South are growing faster than ever, according to a new report.
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Emphasis Opens Doors for Baptist Women to Preach
"I'm here today because nobody calls me 'chicken,'" guest preacher Michelle McClendon said in a sermon Feb. 3 at Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.
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Baptist Women in Ministry Sponsors Day for Women to Preach
Baptist Women in Ministry is hoping to nearly double participation in a second annual day for women to preach in Baptist churches early next year.
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American Baptist Treasures
While I grew up Baptist, I did not grow up American Baptist. Coming from outside 25 years ago, my perspective may be different from those who have always been here. They may not see or recognize the four treasures I have discovered in American Baptist life. Those treasures are very concrete practices, not abstract principles.
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