This guest post requires a “Challenging Thoughts Ahead” warning. Daniel Koren is a neighboring pastor. He is
also my friend. We don’t always agree. I do agree with him that we need a better understanding and application of the concept of women involved in ministry. Having served as the General Director of North American Missions for a major denomination my perspective on the “needs in the field” is unique.
I’ve observed that many North American locales need a missionary of whatever gender. I’ve gone so far as to say that any extra-terrestial help would be welcomed. The impact of women planting churches, doing missionary work and developing people is clear.
- The late, Agnes Rich planted a strong church in central Nebraska.
- Nona Freeman, partnered with her capable husband to impact Africa.
- Janet Trout personally planted multiple churches in Delaware. She joined with her husband to plant others.
I’m pragmatic above all else. By contrast, Daniel’s material will wax theological. I’m driven by the necessity of the thing. Souls are at stake. They must be reached by all means possible. Melissa Fross, a French speaking Missionary to Quebec City has import, significance and value. Equally as much as my English speaking son, Lane does planting a church in Atlanta.
Whatever it takes – let’s get the job done. So some of my friend’s observations are his – not mine. However, we need all hands available to get this thing done.
Carlton L. Coon Sr.
Considering Women in Ministry
It sounded weird to say “Woman Minister” but then I discovered…
As a pastor in rural Missouri, I was teaching a series years ago that brought me to a passage of scripture that seemed in conflict with others. It became a real crisis for me in prayer and study. I had to have answers. I contacted my presbyter and asked him what he thought. My dilemma was the Scriptures that said women could not teach or preach in the church.
Really, I didn’t have so much of a problem with that, but with a verse that said they should. My emergency phone call that day did help relieve my fears to a great extent, but still I had questions. And then I started seeing reports….
“We licensed more women ministers this year.” Really? Now, remember, I was sure women were not to teach or be in church authority. So,… now my organization was giving them licenses? Licenses to do what? I had to have answers.
Of course, I was never hateful toward sisters of the faith in speaking roles. In fact, I watched some of the videos from ladies’ conferences and God spoke to me through the preaching. But that was women preaching to women, except for all us men sitting at home watching the DVDs.
Could God use women? Would God speak through women? The old theory was that He would only use a woman when a man wouldn’t respond. What should we think of the latest reports of more women being licensed? Is this bad news? Does it mean more and more men are not responding to the call, so we have to summon the reserve forces?
Well, briefly, No!
Today, I can absolutely and definitively say “YES! God approves of women ministers.” I know He does. You could never argue me out of it. His daughters will prophesy!
My opinion did not change because of a friend or family member. It did not change because some person of influence said women could be in ministry. It changed because of the Spirit of God and His powerful Word.
I began an investigative quest to get to the root of the issues regarding women in ministry. Was this feminism in disguise? I can tell you that no, it isn’t even connected!
Then, after years of research through piles and piles of books (it was a little obsessive, truly), I realized one day that I could not keep my findings to myself. I had to let others know!
Therefore, I went to the equally exhaustive labor of building a book. We also made a video series which includes more detailed insights which will help a person’s understanding.
As a pastor, I wanted to be able to give the right answer to women who expressed an interest in ministry. Could they only serve the children? Could they only sing but not preach? Could they only speak but not lead? I had to know.
I know you have many of the same questions I had. I want to email you a free resource. It is a report on one passage from Paul that many use to say is proof that women cannot be ministers. Take a second look and you will be amazed at how this is really Paul defending women in ministry! You have to read it for yourself.
P.S. What are you reading this for? Grab my free report already. If you don’t like it, well, you’ve lost nothing. It was free to begin with. If you do like it, well, you might also benefit from some more insights on the topic that I will send along as well.
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