Women and Ministry: What Have You Been Taught?



29425471_10156304631053653_6369803088737673470_nDoes this 7-minute video match up with what you’ve been taught about women and ministry? In my church background, when the topic of women came up, it was about what they were supposed to do at home, raising children, and how to treat their husband.


When it came to ministry work, there were specific jobs women were encouraged to do. Here is the typical ministry work women could do in my church experience:

  • childcare
  • help in the kitchen or cleaning
  • music ministry
  • help in the church library
  • church greeter
  • prayer chain
  • coordinate meals for people who are sick or moms with new babies
  • lead children’s Sunday school classes
  • lead women’s Bible studies

In my current church, women can be ushers and collect the offering.

What is it like at your church (or former church)? What can women do or not do?

In this video, Dr. Ben Witherington talks about new teachings Jesus brought to the table regarding women, and how it changed women’s roles on what they could and could not do. He explains it in a way that makes much better sense when you take into consideration the culture and as it corresponds with the message presented in the New Testament.


I heard Dr. Witherington speak last summer. He knows his stuff. Check out his biography:


Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over fifty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Patheos website.

Let me know what you think! ~ja



Women, Ministry, Dr. Ben Witherington

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