Crunch points

Women teaching in church?

Women teaching in church?
Jeremy Walker
Jeremy Walker Jeremy is the pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley.
01 May, 2024 3 min read

Why don’t you let women exercise their teaching gifts in this church? Are you not quenching the Spirit?

We must first check some assumptions before we deal with the underlying principle. First, you seem to assume that women are not exercising their teaching gifts in the church. Perhaps you mean that the women do not contribute to the leading of our worship services, and – particularly – that they do not preach the Word of God.

You may have overlooked the way in which our sisters are constantly and appropriately teaching. Have you seen the way that lady turns to the visitor next to her after the service to press home the gospel? Have you seen that woman encouraging her friend with the truths she has just heard? Have you traced the messages between those two sisters in Christ as they stir one another up day by day?

Have you sat in the Sunday school lessons as those ladies teach the children? Have you been in homes where mothers pour out their hearts into the lives of their children, participating in family worship? Have you seen wives encouraging their husbands with Bible truth when they are discouraged? Have you sat in ladies’ meetings where older women are teaching younger women (Titus 2:3-4)?

Don’t insult the diligence and intelligence of these women of God and mothers in Israel who are exercising their teaching gifts!

New: the ET podcast!