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Protestant View of Women Church Leaders

by | Tue, Aug 30 2022

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American Protestant pastors are sharply divided over having women in church leadership roles.

A Lifeway Research survey found that 55% supported a woman being a senior pastor at their church.

94% of Methodists and 78% of Pentecostal and Presbyterian pastors were strongly in favour.

But only 14% of Baptist pastors agreed, while 44% of Evangelicals were in support.

Christian Headlines reports the issue of women serving as deacons found slightly more agreement.

Lifeway executive director Scott McConnell explained that the issue was more a question of biblical interpretation than opinion.

He says in the Apostle Paul’s letters, he gives instructions to churches regarding these specific roles, but Protestant churches disagree on his intent.