Don’t Get It Twisted: “You Can Avoid Pitfalls In Ministry” By Rev. Dr. Velma Smith
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 (King James Version)*
The National Black Evangelical Association’s 51st national convention includes a remarkable forum for women in ministry to share how their evangelical faith contributes to and informs their intellectual pursuits and vice versa. Accordingly, this workshop’s focal points will concentrate on the pitfalls encountered by women in ministry in the church, the home, social media and their personal walk.
In Christ there is no difference between male and female for we are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 KJV). Noticeably, Pentecost is the fulfillment of the divine promise which declares: 17 “and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” 18 “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17, 18 KJV).
As women of God who have answered the call of God, we emphatically proclaim “that it is good for us to be here”! According to Mark 9:5 (KJV), Peter was the first to speak on the Mount of Transfiguration, but with a word that to many seemed most “underwhelming.” You will recall that in the face of Jesus Christ and the countenances of Moses and Elijah, Peter broke that most “serious silence” spoke up, and said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.” The “serious silence” regarding women in ministry should be openly discussed from the foundation of Scripture. Even though considerable progress has been accomplished various issues remain regarding women in ministry. At the end of the day, it is Scripture which reveals the will of God for His people regardless of gender. In the meantime, women in ministry anticipate such precious transfigured moments!
Besides, the foundation of the Bible and of the life of the church — the commodity, if you please, upon which its authority rests — is truth!
Don’t get it twisted, biblical equality does not mean women and men are identical or undifferentiated. What matters most is the clarity of presentation of the facts embodied in the premises and the processes employed in drawing conclusions. Substantially, biblical equality is grounded exclusively in the accurate interpretation of Scripture.
There are numerous accounts in the Bible of women who were called and blessed by God in ministries that entailed teaching and leading both women and men. It is highly significant that both women and men were prophets. For example, Deborah and Huldah were categorically notable female prophets in ancient Israel. The ministry of prophecy – especially in the Old Testament – involved the very functions that gender traditionalists claim are permanently off-limits for women: (a) discerning and authoritatively proclaiming the will of God for other believers and (b) speaking the Word of God to others as a representative of God whom God has given the authority to so speak.
Going forward: The church should increasingly promote women in ministry, advocate for this cause, value their contributions on all levels and place women in positions of public visibility as models for the Kingdom of God.
This workshop Don’t Get It Twisted – “You Can Avoid Pitfalls In Ministry.” will concentrate on some of the current difficulties women in ministry are encountering in the church, the home, social media and in their personal walk. It is my desire each participant will leave this workshop invigorated and determined! We as women in ministry will continue to proclaim “It is good for us to be here”! Please join us on our journey and share our experience!
* King James Version hereinafter referred to as KJV.