What would you do Wednesday!
Your church financially supports and hosts an after school Bible club. The club is interdenominational, but has doctrinal parameters to which volunteer teachers must agree. One of those doctrines is complementarianism which states that a woman cannot hold the office of pastor.
It just so happens that two local female Methodist pastors volunteered to help with the Bible club.
The pastor found out about the female pastors and explained to the Bible club director that having female pastors goes against the club’s doctrinal agreement. The pastor further explained that if the church cannot continue supporting the Bible club if those two ladies are allowed to volunteer. The pastor holds that not only are the two ladies violating the doctrinal agreement, but they are in ongoing sin by serving as pastors in a local church. Since the ladies are in ongoing sin they are disqualified from serving.
The director disagreed and asked you to talk to the pastor since you are good friends with him. The director also expressed that if all volunteers who sinned were disqualified there would be no volunteers.
If the decisions was yours, would you allow the female pastors to volunteer?
- Yes, they are just helping not preaching.
- Yes, as long as they promise to never reveal they are pastors.
- No, that would violate the doctrinal agreement.
- No, the church may be seen as promoting unbiblical positions.