Men in Ministry?

The Canadian Baptists of Western Canada has been ordaining women for leadership in church ministry since 1959. Several of our Church Plants are led by godly and capable women. However, the discussion about female pastors is still contentious in many organizations.

Using twists on many of the excuses given to prevent women from participating in the clergy, Dr. David Scholer of Fuller University suggests 10 reasons that perhaps we should reconsider the idea of men in ministry. What’s your take on Scholer’s ideas?

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

10. A man’s place is in the army.pastor

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.

5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.

4. To be an ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.


1 thought on “Men in Ministry?

  1. I’m surprised that CBWC would re-post something so sarcastic about an issue that many believers still feel very strongly about. I know that my position isn’t politically correct but just because a practice has been going on for about 55 years, it doesn’t make it biblically correct. I don’t judge my Christian brothers and sisters who support the ordination of women (in fact, I joyfully serve on the board of an organization led by an ordained woman) but I find this article very disrespectful toward those who still hold more traditional views on the topic. Please understand that I’m not debating whether the ordination of women is right or wrong. My concern is more about the tone of this attempt at humour. Not everyone who disagrees with the ordination of women has the patronizing attitude suggested here.

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