Throwback Thursday: General Assembly Agenda 2012: Item 15 WOMEN in MINISTRY

One item that was not fully resolved at the 2012 General Assembly Agenda in Orlando was WOMEN in MINISTRY. Item 15 expressed a general desire to permit women to be fully represented in all roles within the church. It was NOT a gender issue, but rather a leadership one – an issue of ministry and of responsibility, if you will. Coming from a long line of women ministers in the churches, one cannot be impartial to the issues involved in this item. As Bishop Nick Park wrote:

The removal of these outdated and senseless gender restrictions, in my opinion, makes such obvious good sense that there’s not much more I can say on the subject.  Needless to say, I will be voting for this item, even though it comes about 100 years too late!

ITEM 15 included the following 5 points of change:

  1. A pastor’s spouse serving as his or her assistant – again not a gender issue, since we currently have women serving as pastors
  2. Women serving on a Congregational Trial Board in disciplinary cases – their perspective has been long needed
  3. Women serving on the Church of God Publications Board – reasonable as 2/3 of members are women
  4. Women serving on the US Missions Board – perhaps World Missions Board should be added
  5. Allows women to serve in positions that have until now been restricted only to men

What ITEM 15 is NOT?

  • It is not a gender issue, but clearly a leadership one
  • It is not a theological issue – even conservative theologians agree with women ministers in the church
  • It is not a liberal issue – historically, some of our most conservative ministers have been women
  • It is not a cultural issue – although many would like to take it there

It is an issue of choice – the right the make choice and the right to give choice to others.

With all this in mind, should ITEM 15 be revisited in 2018?
How do you think it will benefit the church worldwide?

14 comments on Throwback Thursday: General Assembly Agenda 2012: Item 15 WOMEN in MINISTRY

  1. You may be on something here. This was just published:

    A sub-committee of the Council presented a preliminary report on the eligibility of female ministers to be advanced to the level of Ordained Bishop. The committee recommended that, “a complete study be done regarding the full rights and privileges of women ministers in the Church of God, along with a study of the nomenclature of all ranks of ministry in the Church of God. Further, that a study be made regarding the possibility of future contributions of women ministers in the governing bodies of the Church of God; and that a report be brought back to the September 2015 session of the Executive Council.

  2. No dog in the fight here, but it seems to me that as long as both purported sides approach each other with such presumptuously dismissive, condemning rhetoric it’s going to be difficult to have anything but a fight. It seems to me that there is an element in the Church that vehemently displays such a suppositional superiority of position that there is no room for mutual respect – the ground upon which a genuinely productive conversation can begin.

  3. The Church of God and all Pentecostal Denominations always were Commandment breaking churches..Scripture Commands that Women be Silent in the church…It also says a Woman is NOT PERMITTED TO TEACH..5 verses later it says a Bishop/Elder/Pastor MUST BE ABLE TO TEACH..1 Timothy 2:12–3:1-2

  4. 1 Corinthians 14:34 Let the Women be Silent in the Church for they are NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK …verse34 & verse 37 Silence in the Church is called a COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD…the Church of God is clearly a Commandment breaking church…and they have been since the early 1900s.

  5. Do not forget even with what Gods word states
    “1 Corinthians 14:34 Let the WOMEN BE IN SILENCE in the Churches for they are NOT PERMITTED TO SPEAK …verse34 & verse 37 Silence in the Church is called a COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD.”
    These women are called by God and anointed to preach and pastor something is wrong here.

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