I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. Romans 16:1 New International Version.
The word “deacon” is derived from the Greek word diakonos (διάκονος), which is a standard ancient Greek word meaning “servant”, “waiting-man”, “minister” or “messenger”. Deacon From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There is a big debate in many churches as to whether women should be permitted the privilege of being ministers or serving in other departments in a church.
Paul describes Phoebe as a deacon in an exulting manner so does he does not condemn her but encourages others to accept her (not bad for someone who many accuse as being a male chauvinist huh?).
I attended a church in China that had a woman preacher, a woman choir master and a women prayer leader. They were greatly loved and respected by the congregation, indeed, their churches were always full. Fuller than the Western that had men and had the modern worship services afterwards. They endured much more scorn from family and friends in their home towns and had to move far from there. Their congregation was truly their family.
Does your pastor feel as if you treat him as a member of your family?
Do you feel as if he treats you as a member of his family?
Is that bond there a strong as titanium or as weak as a wet noodle between you and your pastor?
I felt a deep bond of respect and admiration between those Chinese pastors and me.
It is not the sex that makes a good preacher; it is a heart after God, one that is obedient to His calling.
Prayer: Please Jehovah Abba (God our Father) bless me with a wise, gracious and loving heart to accept and support all those You have destined for service ilregardlus of their sex, colour, nationality or any other outward appearance. I meekly request this in the name of He who accepted all the cast offs of the society he lived in Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.