Hi there! I’m Stephanie and I am the women’s ministry leader here at LifePoint. Our women’s group is named Giggles (girls in God growing loving eating and sharing. Yes. Eating is very important in women’s fellowship around here.)
As a women’s ministry leader, I’ve encountered people telling me, “I thought church could only be run by men” more times than I would like to say. Every time this would happen, I didn’t quite know what to say or how to explain that women are just as important as men in ministry. There is also a lot of feminism trending in our country right now, and I have also been told, “I can’t be a Christian and be a feminist.” While I do agree with this statement to some extent, being a Christian in NO WAY prevents us from being confidant, powerful women. This has been sitting on my heart lately, so I wanted to explain how to be a strong woman in our culture and a woman of God.
There are some extremely conservative views on a ‘woman’s place in church’, so here I will address some of those verses. Yes, in 1 Timothy 2:11-12 it says ” Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet”. And yes, in 1 Corinthians 14:34 the bible states ” The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.” Many non-believers, atheists, and even some Christians take these exact words to be absolute truth. But their fault in doing so is they don’t take into account the context of these verses. In 1 Timothy 2:11-12, Paul is writing to the church in Ephesus about false teaching occurring in the church and how the people should correct themselves to be Godly men and women. What I believe Paul is referencing here is Ephesians 5:22-23 “Wives, submit yourself to your husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the savior.” This passage is telling us that women are not to be suppressed, silenced, or to have no authority whatsoever. Women are to be under men, yes, but they are also one with man and the helpers of man. God created Eve for Adam from his rib to be his companion, not so he could control and suppress her. Genesis 2:24 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become ONE flesh”. Again, showing that man and woman are essential to the success of the church.
The bible also shows us that women are loved, cherished, and in some cases, the “unofficial head” of the household 😉 What I mean is written in the following passages:
Proverbs 31 speaks to so many great gifts women bring to our Earth. Just a few traits stated are: She is worth far more than rubies, her arms are strong, she has no fear, she ensures her household is safe, she speaks wisdom, and many others. I HIGHLY encourage any women to study Proverbs 31 if they are feeling a little down.
And lastly, perhaps my favorite verse on women in the bible, Proverbs 21:9 ” Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.” Personally, I would like to think this is where the term “happy wife, happy life” comes from, but that’s just me. 🙂
So if you ever find yourself in a position where you feel you have to choose either your belief as a woman’s leader or your faith in God, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to choose. God has told his children that women are not ‘less than’ men as some may argue. Women, you can have your cake and eat it too. 🙂