Affirming the Ministry of Women in the Lutheran Church of Australia

AN EQUAL PARTNERSHIP

It is said, on the basis of 1 Corinthians 11:31 Corinthians 11:3
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3 But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

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and other NT texts, that there is a biblical order of creation by which women are to be subordinate to men. The texts used to support this notion invariably appear in what is known as household codes, reflecting traditional understanding at the time of writing rather than an unbudging order of creation. Also the subordination of women is not argued independently, to establish it as a fixed biblical principle. Rather Paul employs the contemporary position on the role of women to support the main point he is making, that women should wear something on their heads during worship (11:2-16). When we turn to the creation and fall stories in Genesis 1-3 it becomes clear that the Bible cannot be used to support the notion of the subordination of women. Read more »

GOSPEL NOT GENDER

The ministry is about the salvation of all people, not the gender of the pastor
God instituted the ministry so that people could be brought to faith through the preaching of the gospel and the administration of the sacraments (Augsburg Confession 5). Pastors are servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries (1 Cor 4:11 Cor 4:1
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4 1 So let a man think of us as Christ’s servants, and stewards of God’s mysteries.

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), their office and role arising from nothing else and nothing less than God’s desire that everyone be saved (1 Tim 2:41 Tim 2:4
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4 who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth.

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HOW THE BIBLE LEADS ME TO SUPPORT THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN

Interpreting the Bible

How do we know what we know? How do we know about God, about God’s will, about living as God’s people? Our first learning is from those who incarnate God for us by showing us love and talking of a loving God — our parents, maybe a pastor or teacher, a special friend, a partner. We also learn from being in the community of faith and participating in the liturgy and ritual of the church. We learn from the direct teaching of our parents, our Sunday School teachers, our pastors. And we learn from our own life experiences as we walk in relationship with God. Alongside all of these, the Bible shows us God’s will. We believe it to be ‘divinely inspired’, given to us by our loving God. But there is a problem.

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THE GOSPEL AND WOMEN IN MINISTRY

Introduction

The role of women in the ministry is an important issue within the Lutheran Church of Australia. The Church’s document, Women in the Ministry, was produced to facilitate study and discussion of this issue. This summary is intended as a constructive contribution to a candid and prayerful exploration of women’s role in ministry of the LCA in the late twentieth century.

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DISCIPLES, COMPANIONS, WITNESSES: Women in the gospels

One of the main arguments used to oppose women’s ordination is that Jesus only called men to be his disciples and he only commissioned male apostles. Surely Jesus would have included women in their ranks if he had wanted women to become pastors in the church.

To this it must be said that the twelve disciples do not represent the clergy in embryo and hence God’s design for a male clergy. They are first and foremost the new people of God, as the twelve tribes of Israel were God’s people of old. The call and commission of the disciples is the call and commission of the church, not the clergy. Secondly, not one word from Jesus’ lips could be read as excluding women from the public office or as a call to submit to male clergy. And thirdly, Jesus and the evangelists who record his ministry take great pains to portray an array of women disciples in a vastly more positive light than the twelve men, in what can be read only as a deliberate attempt to counteract the privileging of males at the time of Jesus. Their discipleship is practised at his direction, their exercise of apostleship at his behest, and their servanthood in imitation of their Lord.

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TEXT AND CONTEXT

The Scriptural authority for the case against women’s ordination is based on I Cor. 14:34-35r. 14:34-35
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and I Tim. 2:11-15. In stating the case for the ordination of women, I too accept these passages as inspired by God, and therefore authoritative.

But how is it possible for someone to accept them as such and still be pro women’s ordination when the words of St. Paul are so clear? The answer lies in that, in interpreting Scripture one must look not only at what the words mean literally in isolation, but also at their context and their purpose or goal.

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CHURCH FATHERS, WOMEN AND ORDINATION

In the last chapter of Romans we read greetings extended to quite a number of early Christians, among them nine women: Phoebe, Priscilla, Mary, Junia, Tryhana, Tryphora, Julia, and the mother of Rufus and sister of Nereus. Pastor Ray Schulz made the case for Junia being a woman apostle.

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