Kari Tingle came to our CBE Houston Conference in April. She and Mary Alice Birdwhistell manned the Truett Theological Seminary Booth. Kari was one of four students who received a scholarship from the Truett Alumni Association during the school’s fall convocation (Baptist Standard 9/3/12).
All four who received the scholarships were women.
Recently the Associated Baptist Press ran an article written by Molly Brummet who is a third-year student at Wake Forest School of Divinity in Salem, North Carolina. Molly is like Kari Tingle, and Mary Alice Birdwhistell, and all the other women who are attending seminary in hopes of being ordained in the ministry. She wants a job. She wants to answer her calling to the gospel ministry.
One of the commenters under the article, who is obviously against women serving in ministry, said that if God called her then he would give her a job. That is just not true. It is people who are sitting in the pews who dish out jobs. It is those same pew-sitters who withhold jobs.
God allows us to make mistakes. God allows men and women who are faithful in all ways, to make mistakes. He allows us to have differences of beliefs and opinions. He allows women who He calls to His ministry to be subject to those who are in sitting in the pews.
The official population clock of the U.S. says that on September 7, 2012 the population of the United States will be 314,317,000 people. Those people need the Lord, and those that already know the Lord, need a shepherd. The harvest is great and the laborers are few.
Women are not illegals in this employment field.
It is up to us to help those women. Will you join me? Will you speak out for them? Will you be an advocate for women who are trying against all odds to serve the way God calls?