Women in Ministry Articles

This collection of articles (from The Covenant Quarterly, May 2009) is a continuation of the dialogue on women in ministry in the Covenant.

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Called and Gifted Study Guide

This study takes people on a personal journey of learning where their own view of women in ministry came from, understanding principles of interpreting scripture, and then a careful examining of many relevant passages.

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All God’s People: An Exploration of the Call of Women to Pastoral Ministry

This study approaches the issue of women in ministry with a wide-angle lens instead of with a laser focused on particular passages of scripture, though it is certainly biblically solid. Phelan challenges the presuppositions people often bring to the interpretation of scripture, from culture to translation to science.

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Called and Gifted Material

In sixteen pages, this pamphlet “reaffirms the biblical basis for the full participation of women in the ministries of the church.” It is presented in a question-and-answer format and designed specifically for use in Covenant churches. Four pages are devoted to an explanation of why the Evangelical Covenant Church has taken this stance as policy, instead of as a matter of choice. This is a quick read as an introduction to the issue of women in vocational ministry.

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A Biblical & Theological Basis for Women in Ministry, Occasional Paper

This eight-page paper was written ten years after the Evangelical Covenant Church voted to ordain women (in 1976), in order to put the arguments on paper. It is a very quick tour of women in the Bible, and the passage that affirm their ministry and value. The paper treats the “problem” texts briefly, discusses the issues of submission, authority, and doctrine. All in all, this paper serves as a quick review reminder for those who have studied this issue more deeply. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, the many references without much explanation may be difficult to fully appreciate.

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Women in Ministry

In eight sessions, this study examines the biblical support to make a case for the full participation of women in every aspect of ministry. It explains what the issue is from the perspective of a fully-convinced scholar taking on the historic objections to women in ministry

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Overturning Male-Rule, Restoring Relationship

The oppression of women spans centuries and borders. In virtually every country and culture in the world, women have less-than-equal status to men and they are often relegated to subservient and submissive roles. Women suffer from domestic violence, job barriers, lack of control over their bodies, and fewer options for healthcare. They often do not have a voice in matters as broad as politics or as narrow as what happens within their own families. 

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4 Ways to Break Down the Gender Wall in Churches

It was the week of my final interview for ordination. I had turned in my paper on pastoral theology, passed one round of interviews at the conference level, and was headed into my interviews on the national level. I was taking a class that same week with fellow ministers, male and female, in various stages of the ordination process. It just so happened that those of us in the final stage in the class were women. 

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