FAQ: Can Women Be Leaders in the Church?

Warm Up Questions

Do you believe women can be leaders in the church?
What Bible verse gives your view the most trouble? Why?

Discussion Questions

What do chapters 1-3 of Genesis teach about gender roles?
What ministry roles are acceptable for women? Why?
What ministry roles are unacceptable? Why?
How does the ministry of Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament effect this issue?
How does the Ministry of Anna, Philip’s daughters, Priscilla, Junia, and Phoebe in the New Testament Effect this issue?
Did Jesus have any female disciples? How might this effect our discussion?
Should the structure of the family effect the structure of the church?
Does one’s views on church government effect one’s view on women in leadership? If so, how?

Related Scriptures

Gen 1:26-27; 2:18-3:24; Exod 15:20; Num 12:1-15; Judg 4:4-5; 2 Kgs 22:14; 2 Chr 34:22-24; Prov 31:10-31; Joel 2:28; Mic 6:4; Matt 19:3-12; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 8:1-3; 10:38-42; Acts 1:14-15; 2:15-21; 18:24-26; 21:9; Rom 16:1-16; 1 Cor 11:1-16; 14:26-38; 2 Cor 11:3; Gal 3:28; Eph 5:21-33; Phil 1:1; 4:2-3; 1 Tim 2:5-3:1; 3:7-13; 5:1-3, 5, 8-16; 2 Tim 3:6-7; Titus 2:1-5

Additional Resources

About the position of the United Methodist Church

“Why does The United Methodist Church ordain women?” from UMC.org