Here we see how women are invited into spaces where their physical gifts (like their singing voice, ability to play an instrument, or willingness to cook/clean/etc.) are desired as they serve the church. Some folks, like Jimothy, start to get uncomfortable when a woman starts talking between songs or is tapped to head up a worship team or project. It’s often the physical service only that’s wanted, not a woman’s ability to curate, discern, or lead in any way.
In I Corinthians 11, Paul writes, “Every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head.” The expectation seems to be that women will be prophesying in the congregational setting. My friend Emily recently reflected wisely on this passage in her thoughtful article (you must be one of her Patreon subscribers – so it costs $1 to read. It’s worth it!).
In my community, are women invited to serve with their bodies and their minds?
Am I uncomfortable with a woman sharing a word in a service?
Why is thought-work reserved for men in many churches?