From time to time the elders are asked questions about the role of women in our church, especially when it comes to teaching and leading in various ministries. While it doesn’t come up often, it happens frequently enough that we want to develop a clear position paper on the topic similar to the position papers we have on Christians and Alcohol and Divorce and Remarriage (check them out HERE, at the bottom of the page).

As a church, it is helpful to have these types of guidelines in place so that there is no guessing about the answer to certain questions. We want to examine all of the relevant passages of Scripture and formulate a position that we believe honors Christ and His intent for His bride–the church.

While there seem to have been a few blips of inconsistency in the past, the directing of ministries and the official teaching roles in our church have been done mostly by males. The key passage that points to this idea is 1 Timothy 2:15 where Paul prescribes that women are not to teach or have authority over men in the local church. But there are other passages that speak to the issue as well, and there has been a difference of understanding on this passage and others in the past.

While we have no intention of installing women elders, we do want to examine the Scriptures together and come to a consensus on how we will best care for the flock in this way when it comes to these important matters and roles within our body. We have a draft proposal prepared and are discussing the details, so please pray for wisdom for us as we seek to be faithful to what God has revealed to us in the Bible and lead you all in a manner that is pleasing to Him.

In Christ,

GFC Elders

Steve Barnett
Brad Bigney
Brian Fannin
Bob Greenwood
Peter LaRuffa
Rob Lohrmann
Ken Long
Roger Patterson
JD Rogers