Women and Ministry: What the Bible Teaches

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Crossway, Apr 10, 2003 - Religion - 208 pages

In the midst of a raging debate about the role of women in the church, Dan Doriani offers credible and concrete guidance for mobilizing women for ministry. He combines biblical teaching and practical counsel in this comprehensive and accessible book.

Doriani begins by explaining his own personal interest in the topic as a husband and a father of three daughters. Much of the book consists of analysis of the essential biblical data regarding the roles of men and women in the church. This analysis doesn't simply show what women can't do; it discusses all the ways in which women have effectively served in Israel and the church. He gives a biblical theology of gifts and calling and offers practical guidance about the many roles women can fill in the church today. This will prove a helpful guide for pastors, church leaders, and especially women who wish to use their spiritual gifts to advance God's kingdom.

 

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Women in Ministry is a very accessible read for any Christian who is struggling with what the Bible says about the role of women in the ministry of Christ's church. The book is unashamedly ... Read full review

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All things considered this has some even handedness. but I stopped and lost interest when it is taken to gifts and the charts explaining their openness to women or not. as if not available to women. This is fine in principle but the starting thesis of the chapter is gifts are given freely and equally, as said by the author. This is a contradiction of thought, the passage does not prime by saying they may receive gifts only available to their station. With the extensive analysis of timothy and paul's bigotry, forcefully presenting the interpretations on a literalist standpoint, this platform offers no leniency for the dissemination of gifts, if we are to believe the author; to be given to all without respect to gender.  

Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE CALLINGS OF WOMEN
13
THE MINISTRIES OF WOMEN IN BIBLICAL HISTORY A SURVEY
23
THE ROLES OF WOMEN IN MINISTRY OF JESUS
41
FOUNDATION FOR MALEFEMALE ROLES GENESIS 1 AND EPHESIANS 5
53
WOMEN MEN AND MINISTRY IN CORINTH
71
1 TIMOTHY 2
87
THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT AND ROLES OF WOMEN
101
MINISTRIES OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH TRADITIONL IDEAS AND FRESH PROPOSALS
115
PART TWO
133
EGALITARIANS AND COMPLEMENTARIANS A COMPARATIVE STUDY
135
A HISTORY OF WOMEN AND MINISTRY
147
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About the author (2003)

Dan Doriani (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Seminary. He previously served as the senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Missouri, and has been involved in several planning and study committees at the presbytery level in both the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). Dan lives with his wife, Debbie, in Chesterfield, Missouri, and has three grown daughters.

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