Ministry Leadership

As per the precedents set in Scripture, I affirm that no one should be denied ministry leadership or pastoral roles on the basis of race, ethnicity, education or gender alone. The biblical model for deacons, elders (or pastors) is based on their call from God, their qualifications and their affirmation / authorization by the local congregation. I recognize that the majority of official church leaders in the past have been men, but also that there are specific instances in the Bible where women are called deaconesses, disciples, apostles, prophets and church leaders in general (Luke 2:36-38, Rom 16:1, 3, 7 and 1 Cor 1:5). With the Apostle Paul, I affirm that there is no favoritism, division, sexism or racism for those who are followers of Christ (Galatians 3:26-29). Similarly, I affirm the priesthood of all believers and that the Holy Spirit can call and appoint anyone to lead the community of God at any time regardless of human social constructs and prejudice. The essential components of church leadership have always centered on the issue of who is qualified and authorized, and there is no reason to presume that this is determined by race or gender alone. As I understand it, the primary qualification for leadership is a person’s willingness to deny themselves for the sake of Christ. Everything else related to leadership can fall under this rubric.

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About C_Lambeth

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science and from George Fox Seminary (now Portland Seminary) with a Master's of Divinity. In addition to knowing Christ and helping others know him, I am passionate about peace, the environment, Christian feminism, justice for all (not just the wealthy) and being a lifelong learner. Please feel free to comment on any of the posts here or to suggest new posts altogether. Thank you for reading me! -CL
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