The ordaining of women in the various Christian denominations is not a new phenomenon. It is a long historical process that has happened in almost all the Christian denominations and also in the mosques as well. When the bible said that women should be free and allowed to participate in the full participation of the church, it was a big step forward for women. Earlier, the Moslems used to say that a woman cannot join the mosque and yet she is allowed to have an education and join the ministry.
Islam has always been a conservative religion. Even now, the Muslims are very conservative about their women clergy. In many countries, there is a shortage of female religious leaders. A woman can only aspire to be Muslim clergy if she is married and if she is able to support herself and the family completely. This was the condition before the advent of Islam and many other religions.
But the situation has changed with the entrance of the women clergy in the Christian churches. In the early days, the pastors had to hide their faith or suffer the consequences. Today, the churches are very open to women. They allow women to be ordained, and they even have Bible studies for them. The Methodists are also now allowing women clergy and the Catholic Church is trying very hard to make changes.
A Methodist church in Tennessee will be holding a webinar for its male members to help them prepare for the next church general conference in 2021. The church is also working on a project which will enable the male members to understand more about women’s pastoral ministry. The Methodists are organizing a three-day retreat in September. This is the first time that they are organizing a webinar for the whole male membership. The previous webinars were held by delegates from the different assemblies.
This webinar will help the male members understand more about the past, present and future of the United Methodists. This is an annual meeting, which is attended by over 500 delegates from all parts of the globe. A main theme of this year-end meeting is "The Road to Renewal."
The United Methodists has a rich history and today it is a denomination that enjoys high membership numbers. There is also a very strong elderly component to the Methodist community and a great deal of elderly people are also active in the church. A major part of the income of the church is coming from tithes and offerings. An important activity during the year-end giving webinar is the preparation of a fund raiser. Many wealthy Christians to donate money to the church each year.
The Bible indicates that men are to rule women, not the other way around. A women’s ordination would clearly state that women are to have authority just as men are to have authority over men. For some reason the Bible does not indicate women’s ordination in verse 11. If women can be trusted with God’s communications then why can’t they be trusted with God’s money?
The current situation in society may have altered the views of some men concerning their position on women’s ordination. Some churches have already ordained women but there are many more in the works. Women’s Ordaining Ministry has many helpful resources for pastors, church members and everyone else that needs to be aware of women’s ordaining. God has purposes for women and God’s purposes for men do not always coincide so it is up to us as women clergy or pastoral leaders to navigate the waters of our gender.