Women pastors gaining ground in United States

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The percentage of churches in the United States employing a woman as senior pastor has doubled during the past decade, according to a new survey by the Barna Group.

The evangelical pollster said one church in 10 now employs a female pastor. From the early 1990s through 1999, just 5 percent of pastors of Protestant churches were women. Barna called it a “substantial” gain.

The majority of women in the pastorate — 58 percent — are affiliated with a mainline Protestant denomination such as the American Baptist Churches USA, United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Methodist Church or Presbyterian Church.

Pam Durso, executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, said she would not describe gains by women in moderate Baptist churches during the past 15 as “substantial,” but “steady.”

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

8 thoughts on “Women pastors gaining ground in United States”

    1. Ce intelegeti prin ‘biblic’? Va referiti la litera sau la spirit?
      Sunteti sigur ca tot ceea ce face biserica dvs. sau credeti dvs. este ‘biblic’, in acest sens?

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  1. Oricit am argumenta nu este nici in spiritul si nici in litera Scripturii, femeile pastorite, preotese. Profetese si diaconitse apar in NT.
    Ca nu ne place e drept.
    Exista o problema practica; absentsa barbatsilor. Asta creeaza o problema practica pt noi, conservatorii. La fel ca si in cazul Deborei, cind nu s-au mai gasit barbati, Dumnezeu a ridicat femei…
    -Unul din conducatorii baptisti din Romania a fost intrebat in Anglia de presa religioasa: “cum de n-aveti nicio femeie pastor”…Acesta a strinit zimbete spunind ceva de genul: ” la noi in Romania mai sunt inca barbatsi”..
    -Lucrez pt o agentia a uneia din bisericile citate in articol (ELCA). Asa e cum zice articolul, un procentaj mare sunt pastoritse. Un lucru bun la ELCA: au bun simts; nu pretind ca-s biblici!!! Recent, au votat sa-i lase si pe gay clerici. S-au temut de sedintsa cu pricina. Episcopul i-a pus sa se roage din 20 minute in 20 de minute pt ca depozitiile au fost puternic emotionale de ambele parti. Pt ca s-au rugat atit de mult s-a pastrat pacea si unitatea in ELCA; si evident hotarirea de-ai accepta venea tot de la Domnul, de vreme ce s-au rugat atit pt lumina, nu-i asa? De fapt, episcopul “nostru” e pitoresc si-n aparitie: cu cercel in urechea stinga si cu parul legat intr-o coada de cal ce-i atirna pina la mijoscul spatelui (fara exagerare). E pacat? Nu! Doamne fereste. Atita doar ca e o aparitie hilara pt un barbat adult trecut spre batrinetse, d-apoi pt un episcop…
    -on revennons a nos sujet, daca pina si in familie Dumnezeu a lasat ca barbatul sa fie capul, cerindu-i-se sa fie preot in casa lui, ce sa mai spunem de biserica…Evident ca nici kephalos nu e acceptat de toata lumea si tare multe familii sunt fara cap si la propriu si la figurat. Sfidarea autoritatii e o incalcare a ordinii divine in ea insasi… restul sunt “cestiuni” stilistice ce devin argumente de conjunctura. Parere personala!

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  2. Si tu ma uimesti.
    Chiar crezi ca nu m-am prins? Eu fi eu sudist spalat pe creier, da ma mai si prind de chestii.
    1-0 pt mine.
    Un weeken placut.

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