For NAD Pastors
Why the NAD Needs Women Pastors
At the 2012 Year End Meetings the North American Division voted to make the support of Women in Ministry one of its six building blocks of priority.
"The main initiatives include incentivizing the hiring of greater numbers of women clergy and administrators, the development of church administrator support structures for women clergy, and programs for the orientation and education of church members about women in ministry."
The NAD Ministerial Department is seeking to help with education tools for church members about women in ministry. This page is a beta site to develop some of these tools. Please scan the following articles to see if you think these would be helpful as we discuss the possibility of creating more openings for women in pastoral leadership. These are only beta articles and if you would like to give feedback you can go to the bottom of each article and click the 'Facebook' link to give your feedback.
Here are the seven proposed articles on the subject:
WANTED! More Female Pastors — Essential for the Harvest The focus of this article is on the “Women in Ministry” Building Block. This Building Block is not designed to deal with the ordination of women, which is being addressed in another venue through a study group/committee. The “Women in Ministry” building block is a human resource emphasis, which focuses on the recruitment of more women in pastoral leadership, and it will move forward independent of the findings and conclusion of the ordination issue. Presently, there is a lack of women in pastoral work within the North American Division, and we need them to help finish the work of God in this territory.
Judges, Seminary Deans & Deacons The Bible, at first glance, appears to record a history of spiritual leadership dominated by men. However upon deeper examination, examples of female leadership often appear in scripture. From Sarah, Miriam and Esther to Mary Magdalene and the Samaritan woman at the well, scripture abounds with examples of strong women exercising significant, leading roles within and outside the temple and church.
History of Female Leaders in the Adventist Faith Although they haven’t always been recognized, women pastors and leaders have long been an integral part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These women worked with their male counterparts as evangelists, church planters, health reformers, worked in Adventist publishing houses and as administrators.
Finding Relevance in Ancient Writings When people ask questions of biblical or theological nature many are looking for a “Thus says the Lord” in order to have the matter settled. “While commendable it is not always possible to provide a clear cut text that solves the issue” according to Ekkehardt Mueller, director of the Biblical Research Institute. The issue of female pastors is good example.
Let the Women be Silent Question #1: Because leadership positions in the Bible are typically occupied by males, should we even have females in leadership positions in the Adventist church? Question #2: How can we allow women to serve as pastors when the New Testament only uses the masculine gender for leadership gifts?
Where there is one there should be twenty--Ellen White on Female Leadership Seventh-day Adventist Church Co-founder Ellen White took an active role in encouraging women in leadership positions, though she never directly weighed in on whether they should or shouldn’t be ordained ministers. Still, during her 70-year public ministry, she advocated for more women to become pastors, criticized male chauvinists within the church who sneered at female leaders, and insisted that women working in ministry receive equal pay to their male counterparts.
Exceptional Pastors--changing Views of Members about Women Pastors After more than 40 years attending Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jesse Spencer had seen pastors come and go and thought he’d heard it all. But he never imagined his next pastor would be a woman. The elder bristled when he heard the news almost five years ago. One of his first questions: “Where is this in the Bible?” “It was a learning experience for me,” Spencer, now 72, said. “I hadn’t studied the Word; I was just going on what people say.” For Spencer and many Adventists, female pastors remain the exception more than the rule. Some balk or go so far as to seek another church. Yet for others, the direct experience of a female pastor’s ministry can make all the difference, turning the doubtful or downright opposed into staunch advocates for women in clergy.
- Elizabeth Talbot - Women's Clergy Retreat
- Elizabeth Talbot in Chosen show-5 The Leading Woman (Deborah)
- Adrienne Townsend - Women's Clergy Retreat
- Women Clergy Tell Their Stories
- Why the NAD Needs Women Pastors
- Relive the 2012 Women Clergy Conference
- North American Division Affirms Women Clergy
- 2012 Poll of Women Clergy