The traditional point of view regarding gender-specific leadership in Christian churches is easy to uphold. Emphasize that men are appointed to head their women and families, and women should be submissive. In the 21st century, some churches go further to silence women completely, where many others implicitly give more room to female leadership, not only in Sunday school classes or youth groups but also as a speaker in the pulpit or pastor leading a local congregation. Seminaries and theological faculties are open to women not to waste their education, talents, and gifts. But what does the Bible actually say about female leadership? Is mainstream Christianity built on a selection of Scripture?
James Rondinone, yes, a male leader, took the brave steps to search for every example in the Bible regarding priests, prophets, and kings in the Old Testament, and the office of prophet, apostle, evangelist, shepherd, and teacher in Pauline writings. Are interesting examples of women taking the lead or the proverbial microphone, alternative translation, direct Scripture, and circumstantial evidence sufficient to make the case for female leadership?
Thanks to the author to dare to undertake this quest in Who Says, Women Can’t Lead? instead of leaving everything as it is. Hopefully, more church leaders do the same and only then conclude to keep or open up their offices and welcome females into their ranks.
About the author
James Rondinone is a husband, father, and spiritual leader. He grew up in Massachusetts and began his own spiritual journey early on in life. He attended Bible College, completing a two-year Christian Leadership Course of Study and graduating as Valedictorian (Magna Cum Laude). Studying and teaching of the Word has been a passion of him for over 20 years. Recently, he has decided to start to publish many of the teachings that have been a part of a weekly series in the spiritual category of his local newspaper. James’s desire is for those readers to discover their own spiritual journey and develop a new way of thinking. This new way of thinking is contained in God’s Word, and it is applied in all of his writings.