Brothers and Sisters, as I wrote last week, my great desire for our discussions is that we would better understand God’s word, our own beliefs, and each other’s beliefs. So rather than offering my own thoughts this week (which I have ample time to do in our teaching series!), I thought it would be better to post some helpful links for your review and as preparation for our next time together. My humble request is that you accept the following “homework”: read the articles I have posted. (Because of its length, I do not ask or expect you to read the entire PCA Position Paper but do encourage you to consult it when you have time). All articles will help to bridge “gaps” in understanding and to establish a helpful framework for discussion.
Regarding the discussion last week, here are a few articles:
The Old Testament Law and Women – by Katie McCoy
Note: This is an important (and brief!) article, written from a woman’s perspective, about why and how we so often misread the Bible on various topics, including women in ministry.
9 Ways to Love Women in the Church – by LeAnn Trees
Note: This is another helpful article from a woman’s perspective. Though some might debate specific applications of the principles listed, the principles themselves are excellent!
PCA Position Paper: Women in Ministry – very lengthy (!!!) but a helpful reference
Note: ALL PCA Position Papers are non-binding in our denomination. Though they have wider influence and, admittedly, more wisdom than anything I write, they have no more authority in the PCA than this post or any of the links in it.
When we gather again in a couple weeks, we will move from “Who are the Church’s Leaders?” to “What do the Church’s Leader’s Do?”. Here is a brief overview of what we will cover:
What Do the Church’s Leaders Do?
- The Church’s Activities – Essential vs. Non-Essential
- The Church’s Structure – Rigid Hierarchy vs. Organic Union
- Ordained Officers – Broad Authority or Narrow Responsibilities?
- Non-Ordained Members – Freed from Responsibilities or Liberty to Serve?
- Non-Communing Members – Non-Contributing Participants or Apprentices in Training?
As preparation for those discussions, I encourage you to read the following articles:
Should Churches Have a Vision? – by T.M. Suffield
Elders and Deacons, Word and Deed – by George Grant