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Women Ministers and The Prophetic

Updated on November 7, 2011

Women Ministers

Co- Pastor Darlene Bishop
Co- Pastor Darlene Bishop
Pastor Jackie McCullough
Pastor Jackie McCullough
Dr. Cindy Trimm
Dr. Cindy Trimm
pastor Paula White
pastor Paula White

Made In His Likeness

Women Ministers are every where today, but can a woman minister? Today the ministry of women in the church is a hotly debated topic in many circles and many men don't like the idea, or don't think it's right for women to be ministers or leaders in the church. One of the first things we must realize is that there is a distinction between being man and being female, and that each has unique purpose for being. What do i mean by this, you might ask? So before i go any further lets take a look at the Word of God and explore some truths. In Genesis 1:26-28, we read, Then God said, "let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air....." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."

The first thing we learn from this passage is that man was made in the image of God. When God made man, He essentially drew man out of Himself, so that the essence of man would be like Him. Since "God is a spirit" (John 4:24), He created man as a spirit. Spirit is eternal. Man was created as an eternal being, because God is eternal. Follow me now because it is important to recognize that we are not yet talking about male and female. It was mankind that God created in His image. Man is a Spirit, and spirits have no gender. That's one of the reason why Paul said in Galatians 3: 28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" The Bible never talks about a male or female spirit.

After God created man, He placed him in two physical "houses", male and female. This means that man, the spirit exists within every male and every female. All of us-males and females alike-are man. The essence of both male and female is the resident spirit within them, called "man." Genesis 5:1-2 says, "When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them [together] 'man." Why did God take man, who is a spirit, and put him in two separate physical entities rather than just one? It was because He wanted man to fulfill two distinct purposes. The spirit-man has no gender and that, and in order to fulfill His eternal purposes, God used two physical forms to express the spiritual being made in His image. Therefore, whether you are male or female, the person who lives inside you-the essential you-is the spirit-man. Although males and females have differences, they are of the same essence.

I would also like to point out that since the spirit-man dwells in both male and female, we may refer to the male as a "male-man" and to the female as a "female-man" This reminds us that men and women are both "man." The distinctions between men and women are physical and functional, rather than of their essence. The woman, the "female-man" is not a subordinate or a sidekick, but is an equal partner with a complementary purpose. Men need women as fellow workers and colleagues in this world if they are to fulfill their purpose in life. It's time for the Church to recognize this so that we can grow, and be in unity. What a woman has to give is different than what a man has to give, yes, but when we both give them together, because we are of the same essence. There's comes out something that God is pleased with and that the devil cant stand!

The Ministry Of Women Throughout Church History

Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the church has been greatly diminished because the ministry of women has been so limited. The intransigent and sometimes chauvinistic position of some in the church is a result of long-held stereotypes about women, dysfunctional male-female relationships and a truncated view of early church history.

The significant involvement of women in the ministry of Jesus is well documented. Women were the witnesses of His crucifixion and resurrection when males were conspicuously absent. Luke declares that the women who had followed Jesus from Galilee still followed along as Christ was carried to the tomb (Luke 23: 27-31). Matthew tells how they kept watch over the sepulcher after the men had left (Matt. 27:61). John records that the group of people immediately beneath the cross consisted of three women and one man (John 19:25-27). Through it broke all kinds of social and religious traditions, Jesus made point to include women in His ministry.

It is little wonder that the prominence of women continued in the development of the early church. A number of women served as leaders in the house churches that were a part of the larger church in the city of Rome. Some of those mentioned are Priscilla, Chole, Lydia, Apphia, Nympha, the mother of John Mark and possibily the elect lady of John's second epistle. Paul mentions Phoebe and refers to her as a servant [literally, 'deaconess'] of the church in Cenchrea, (Romans 16:1). Paul also talks about Junia, referring to her as being "outstanding among the apostle". Yes, Paul referred to Junia as being an apostle; verse 7. Until the middle ages, the identity of Junia as a female apostle was unquestioned. Later translators attempted to change the gender by changing the name to Junias.

Co-Pastor Darlene Bishop

Women As Prophetic Ministers

Women also functioned as prophetic ministers. Philip, who was selected to serve the apostle as one of the seven men appointed to the administration of feeding the poor (Acts 6), was head of the church in Caesarea. He had four virgin daughters who were recognized as prophetesses in the church in the church (Acts 21: 8-9). Some believe that these prophetesses became the standard and model for prophetic ministers in the early church. The idea of women having a leading influence in the church was therefore not thought of negative terms.

There are countless examples of women who served the church with complete and tireless devotion or who, without flinching, endured terrible tortures and martyrdom. A significant step in the process of Christianity's gaining political and social dominance in Rome was the large number of female converts among the upper class. Men were less likely to become Christians because doing so would cause them to lose their status in society. These men were more worried about their status, but the women more about pleasing the Lord. If you think about it, it's still the same way today. One of the women in the fourth century named Marcella. The great scholar Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latan (known as the Vulgate), did not hesitate to refer church leaders to Marcella for help in solving their hermeneutical problems.

Women enjoyed great freedom of expression in the earliest days of the church. However today some men aren't sure of themselves, don't know who they are and don't realize that all a woman is, is part of you, a female-male who is supposed to be the man equal partner so that we can accomplish what God put us on the earth to do! See the devil knows that when we all come together in unity and accept what the man as to give as well as what the female-male as to give, that we will grow, multiply, subdue, take over and replenish the earth and do greater works destroying his kingdom and making God's will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

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      Karen Wade 3 years ago from Addison, NY

      Very interesting hub thank you so much for sharing...women ministering and doing in the church is the same as what men do, like women's groups or women doing their part in prayer or sharing what God gives them. We all have a part of the body to create a whole body to help each other as one body in Christ, male or female, we are united as one. There have been women that I have met that know of churches where women are not allowed to speak or share with others and I too believe that women play an important role in Christ. After all if women had no purpose for the kingdom of heaven would God have created us alike with men ;)

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      omo daddy 5 years ago

      Thanks for blessing me with this great knowledge.

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      Silvertip01 6 years ago from West Virginia, USA

      Growingdeeper has made a good point.And, while I also do not wish to be divisive,I would also call people's attention to 1 Cor.14:34-35.I think that we tend to see women as somehow less than what they are if they don't seem to be able to do the same things as a man.This is not true.We are all equal in the Lord's eyes,but we all have our different roles to fulfill on our journey.Just because 1's role might be a different role,it doesn't mean that they are "less" than someone else.Yes,there are women who can operate in the gift of prophecy,or teacher, or any other gift of the Spirit.But,that does not mean they should be given authority over men or the church.Not because they are not equal,but because God did not intend for His design to work that way.Just a thought...

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      GrowingDeeper 6 years ago

      It is not my intention to start an argument nor to be divisive. There is plenty of that to go around both here and among the Church at large. But, I can't help but to bring to light the Scripture in 1 Timothy both chapters 2 and 3. My only reason for doing this is no one else has even mentioned. I believe if you are going to make an argument pro or con, you should include the totality of the Scriptures position, not just one side. One of the greatest rules in understanding the Scripture is let it interpret itself. And, without addressing Paul qualifications for a Bishop or overseer, we would not be doing the Word of God justice.

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      Shahid Bukhari 6 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

      The Term, "The Lord Hath Created humans, in His Image" ...

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      Not, that our Lord hath a human-like Form ... that humans are a Replica, or that Humans are an Image of God.

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      DavePrice 7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      One of the better writings I have seen on the subject. I have been considering writing about this for some time, perhaps I will as it might be good for the same point of view to come from a male. Thanks for an excellent article.

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      kendra5 7 years ago

      Lionswhelp, great has a choice as to whether he becomes Spirit or not. Thank you for drawing my attention to that.... Great Hub. I've been meditating on this some time now. A lot of men in the church don't want women to have any type of authority. This doesn't feel right to me, but then again I have to remind myself that the heart is deceptive. I have been struggling with the idea of if my calling as a Bible teacher is from God, or from my own vanities, but don't get me wrong, I'm on fire for God and His word. Thank you for giving me some insight into this.

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      revessie 7 years ago

      God bless you for this Hub.

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      djbraman 7 years ago

      I think a lot of people confuse who is the head of the church. Mixing the man as head of the family with head of the church is a misconception many have. Christ is head of the church. Jesus didn't say man is head of his church. He said man is head of his own family. Jesus loved women and he made the Samaritan woman an instant evangelist. Mary Magdelene taught Jesus' word in small groups in homes throughout her life. Even in the old bible we see Miriam and even women judges. Lastly, the bible tells us that the sons and daughters will be endued with power from the Holy Spirit and will prophecy! To say that women are not anointed to teach and preach would be to say that they are not called, and when we look at women like Darlene Bishop and Joyce Meyer, it would be real hard to say all these gifted women are not ordained by Christ to do what they do, that would be pretty blinded to the work of the Holy Spirit. Great hub!

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      lionswhelp 7 years ago

      Man was made from the dust by a Spirit God, Genesis 2:7,17;3:19-24, Job 33:4. Man was made from dust to make choices as to whether he will become spirit or not. A man can die eternally if he chooses not to obey God, Roman 6:23, Ezekiel 18:4,19-20, Revelation 20:11-15. This is why we were made as physical beings so if we choose not to follow God we can be destroyed forever. God does not want miserable people in his Kingdom

      The Lionswhelp

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      lionswhelp 7 years ago

      How very interesting. Yes I believe in you. Since 1995 my wife and I have been Egalitarians thanks to Christians for Biblical Equality. The Church of Jesus Christ was built on Biblical Equality and is the answer to confusion of the Genders and was put in its right place( women right beside the men in Jesus Christ) by Jesus Christ when he gave his life and restored this unique missing demention in Genesis 3:15, Matthew 28:18-20.

      Its to bad men still think Patriarchy should be followed. Men should ask themselves what will Jesus say to them when he returns. Are they so blind that there egos have no regard for what type of answer Jesus will give them if they should even suggest that they were very good at keeping women out of Christ's Priesthood of all believers, 1 Peter 2:4-10; Galatians 3:28.

      God bless you ladies forever,

      The Lionswhelp.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Twill4jc, Thank you for this well written thought provoking hub on woman in ministry! As a woman and minister of God I am most thankful! "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of GOD? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ!" Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      bayareagreatthing 8 years ago from Bay Area California

      Thank you for letting your light shine on this divisive subject. I would like to offer a few more historical examples of women who are might in the kingdom of God:

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      Judah's Daughter 8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      The original plan of God is stated well, that He created THEM to rule over the earth. Though the curse on Eve was that her husband would rule over her, that curse was broken because of the Lamb of God who took away the distinction (Romans 10:12).

      I have a hub called "Your Daughters Shall Prophesy" speaking of this very subject.

      One of my favorite passages is found in 1 Cor 11:11-12

      "However, in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as the woman originates from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God."

      Praise God for your ministry; we will not be oppressed by Satan. The entire church is the bride of Christ, including men, and all must submit to Christ. The husband and wife are no longer two, but one spirit in the Lord. Likewise, we are one in ministry. It is the self-same Spirit of God which ministers through all. Amen.

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      twill4jc 8 years ago

      Thank you my sister in Christ

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      YES! YES! YES! AMEN!!!! Great Hub! If your called, show up for the wedding!! lol, lol, lol Amen!!!!