Women in Ministry & Missions
Did you know that the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) has affirmed women in ministry from the very beginning of the Reformation Movement? We stand firmly with the Apostle Paul when he wrote, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28); and, “For he (Christ) is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2:14).The strategies and goals of Qara are to support, educate, advocate, and network women in ministry.
If you are a clergy woman or a woman experiencing a call to ministry, we hope you will consider Anderson University.
Statement of Affirmation
Since its inception in 1950, the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry 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 graduate theological school 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 and Christian Ministry, 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 and Christian Ministry faculty to aid in educating the church in this and other matters germane to the church’s collective life.
This section of the Anderson University website provides important information not only for the church but also for any person desiring to understand and affirm the role of women in ministry.
In Christ’s Peace,
The Faculty of Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Resources and Articles
Recommended Books and Websites
- Christian Women Connection
- A Thread of Hope (2009)
A book edited by MaryAnn Hawkins and Juanita Evans Leonard
- Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Website
Articles on Women in Ministry
- Theological Position Paper on Women in Ministry [PDF]Position Paper by Kyle DeHaven
- Rooted Among the Broken: A Christian Reflection on Reconciliation [PDF]Paper by Scott Schomberg
- Women and Proclamation: Understanding 1 Timothy 2:8-15 [PDF]Position Paper by Amity Rees
- Reclaiming the Church of God Heritage of Women Pastors [PDF]2009 Doctrinal Dialogue Presentation
Doctrinal Paper by John Stanley
- Women and Men: Guarding Our Sacred Partnership in Ministry [PDF]Text: 1 Timothy 2: 11-15; Genesis 1:26-27: Galatians 3:26-28
A Sermon by Dr. David Sebastian
- A Biblical Theological Reflection (on Women in Ministry) [PDF]Ethics Paper by Jonathan Frymire
- Women in Ministry: Prophecy, Principle, Practice [PDF]Paper by Rev. Kirk Bookout
- Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Scholarship Application [PDF]