Equality of Male and Female in the Ministry

We believe that among those who are in Christ there is neither male nor female, for in spiritual matters we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).  Christ, who is the Head of the Church, anoints whom He will to minister to His Church (Acts 2:17-18; Acts 10:39).  Paul acknowledges women that minister in I Corinthians 11:5 and acknowledges their standing in God as no different than men in I Corinthians 11:11-12.  Paul also was assisted by a number of women who were actively ministering in New Testament churches such as Priscilla, Phoebe, Tryphena, Eudious, and others (Romans 16).

Some argue the validity of these points because of the apparent restrictions in I Corinthians 14:34-35 and I Timothy 2:11-15.  A literal interpretation of these scriptures would create contradictions in light of the Biblical evidence of women prophets found in Exodus 15:20; Judges 4:4; Luke 2:36 and Acts 21:8-9 as well as the evidence in the above mentioned scriptures.  Our view is that the general tone of scripture through the OT and NT is in support of women as ministers.