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Women in the ministry

Submitted: 1/1/2005
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Question: If a woman feels called of the Lord to preach and is rejected and refused by her church to do so, what should she do?

Answer: All believers, men and women alike, are called to preach the gospel. That is the great commission. Some people equate preaching with pastoral ministry, which is solely a men's function. Biblically, preaching the gospel and overseeing an assembly are two different things. All pastors are preachers in a sense, but not all preachers are pastors. It is important to understand these distinctions.

Frankly, sister, no one can stop you, or any believer, from preaching. There is a whole world before us that needs to hear. If the local church you are associated with will not allow you to 'take the pulpit,' then I suggest you establish your own 'pulpit' in the streets and homes of your community. The best way I know of to preach the gospel is to do a one-on-one Bible study with an unbeliever in their home. I can't imagine that the leadership of your local assembly would object to that. If this venue for preaching does not seem acceptable or satisfying to you, then you need to search your heart because your motives are may be wrong. An excellent way to check your motives is to ask the Lord to show you the contents of your heart on this matter (read Psalms 139).