Modern Believing

Women as Leaders in the New Testament

Modern Believing (2013), 54, (1), 14–22.

Abstract

Far from being a utopian and impractical ideal, Paul's statement that ‘in Christ there is no male and female’ was intended to have an impact on the day-to-day life of the church. We can see evidence of its impact in the practice of the Pauline churches, where women exercised a variety of roles that we would associate with church leadership in the fields of stewardship, prophecy, and the ministry of the word. But the Pauline letters also display a progressive accommodation of the radical ideal to societal norms, culminating in the blanket prohibition of women's leadership in 1 Timothy.

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Alexander, Loveday