The now-retired Baptist pastor that I have known for 20 years may have changed his mind. When I first began talking with him about women’s equality, he assured me that the Scriptures did not back up women deacons or pastors. He has several dynamic daughters and said, “We have never discussed it, but I would think they would agree with me.”
My thought then and it’s the same now, is that they don’t agree with him. And that might be the reason they have never discussed it.
In fact, one daughter is married to a low-key pastor who just never seemed to click with any of his congregations. Someone told me that when the search committee hired him, they really wanted what his wife could bring to the church, and to get her, they had to choose him. I saw this played out over several years.
This retired preacher’s daughter is now head of a religious entity and is doing a fabulous job. So my preacher friend asked his pastor if she could come speak to the church about what she is doing, since the ministry is one that their church supports.
The pastor said no.
But then he turned around and asked her to speak to a men’s prayer breakfast which was not located inside the church building.
When it hits home, we begins to see things differently.
Will you pray with me that this woman’s ministry will continue to be successful and that both the older retired pastor and the young now-pastor will completely change their minds about what women can do in the church?