How can we appropriately recognize women in ministry?
In most churches, including ours, women play a vital role in all kinds of ministries. We also have women in our staff team. How should we as a denomination (and a local church) appropriately recognize and acknowledge women in ministry, especially those leading ministries and in full-time ministry?
One suggestion is that we should set apart women in these ministries as deacons or deaconesses i.e. give women an officially recognized title, like their male counterparts.
There is of course debate as to whether or not women can hold the office of deacon or not. Here is why I think women can:
Leaders are very important; they can make or break any organisation, government or church. Just as good leadership is vital to a country; so godly leadership is vital to the life, health and growth of the church. The leaders in a church are called “elders”. In our church it is the Elders that make up our Church Council. Every two years, we as members nominate men who we believe will be godly elders; these men are screened by the existing church council; if accepted they must receive a majority vote at our Annual General Meeting to be on the Church Council. We have adopted this model because we believe it’s wise and in accordance with the biblical model of church governance.