Anderson, Indiana

Statement of Affirmation

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Statement of Affirmation

Seminary Faculty Statement of Affirmation for Women in Ministry

Since its inception in 1950, Anderson University School of Theology has supported women in ministry. This seminary faculty statement is an affirmation of our ongoing commitment to women in ministry in the church's life and leadership at all levels.

Each year, the Anderson University School of Theology enrolls gifted women who sense God's strong call on their lives to prepare for pastoral ministry. This faculty and many women in ministry or preparing for ministry know that challenges to their authentic call still exist. As a seminary faculty we recognize, however, that many churches affirm the calling of women at all levels. We also acknowledge that wonderful articles and books have been written, workshops have been developed, and consultations have been convened around this important topic.

As seminary faculty members of Anderson University School of Theology, we affirm our resistance to any decision that marginalizes, minimizes, or militates against women fulfilling their divine assignments in ministry — especially when such decisions are cloaked in uncritical biblical and theological interpretations.

It is the commitment and resolve of the Anderson University School of Theology Faculty to aid in educating the church in this and other matters germane to the church's collective life.

This web page makes available important information not only for the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.; the seminary's sponsoring church) but any person who desires to understand and affirm the role of women in ministry.

In Christ's Peace,
The Faculty of Anderson University School of Theology