The Role Of Women In The Church—Ministries Open To Women In The Body Of Christ

(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the American King James Version).

In an earlier article, we showed from the apostolic writings that women are not to be ordained into the five-fold overseership ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, as that leadership ministry is exclusively for men. Just as Christian women cannot legitimately head or lead their homes (by exercising dominion over their husbands), they cannot also lawfully exercise authority over men in the church, which is a collection of different Christian homes. However, there are myriads of other ministries women can legitimately undertake in the church. There are other roles women can lawfully play in the body of Christ, just as there are legitimate roles they can play in the home, even though they cannot head it. In this article, we shall examine the legitimate ministries women can pursue in the church, as members of the body of Christ.

Women have manifold ministries and roles to play as Christians. They have ministries for both believers in the church and for unbelievers outside the church. Within the church, women can be involved in ministries that support the five-fold ministers, ministries to other women, ministries to children and ministries to the entire church. Outside the church, Christian women have the same mandate like their male counterparts to preach the gospel to every creation. This ministry to the world can be in the form of one-on-one evangelism and special-needs ministries. We shall now look at these ministries in details.

With regards to the support of ministers of God, women in biblical times featured prominently in this ministry. During the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, believing women were a bulwark of support to him and his disciples. They contributed financially to keep Christ’s ministry going, and also provided Jesus and his disciples with food and material comfort when they visited their homes. It was a woman that anointed and prepared the Lord for burial with a costly perfume and spices. Though no woman was part of his apostles, women provided unwavering emotional support for the Lord during his journey to Calvary, never abandoning him in his hour of trial. Even after his death, women never abandoned his dead body, seeking it out to give him a befitting burial. Because of this love and concern for the Lord (even in death), it was no surprise that women had the privilege of witnessing his resurrection first, and it was no wonder that a woman first carried the news of Jesus’ resurrection to even his apostles! When the apostles were no where to be found, women stood up for the Lord, and they were adequately recognised and rewarded in the Scriptures.

Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

Luke 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered to him of their substance.

Matthew 8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

Matthew 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered to them.

Luke 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

Luke 10:40 But Martha was encumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things:

Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she broke the box, and poured it on his head.

Mark 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

Mark 14:6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble you her? she has worked a good work on me.

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always.

Mark 14:8 She has done what she could: she is come beforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

Mark 14:9 Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she has done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

Mark 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas to them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

Mark 15:16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.

Mark 15:17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

Mark 15:18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

Mark 15:19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit on him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

Mark 15:20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

Mark 15:21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

Mark 15:22 And they bring him to the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

Mark 15:23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

Mark 15:24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots on them, what every man should take.

Mark 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

Mark 15:26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Mark 15:27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

Mark 15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which said, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

Mark 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, you that destroy the temple, and build it in three days,

Mark 15:30 Save yourself, and come down from the cross.

Mark 15:31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

Mark 15:32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Mark 15:33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Mark 15:35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calls Elias.

Mark 15:36 And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

Mark 15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom.

Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

Mark 15:41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered to him;) and many other women which came up with him to Jerusalem.

Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honorable counselor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly to Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

Mark 15:44 And Pilate marveled if he were already dead: and calling to him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

Mark 15:45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

Mark 15:46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone to the door of the sepulcher.

Mark 15:47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

Luke 24:1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

Luke 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.

Luke 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

Luke 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Luke 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why seek you the living among the dead?

Luke 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you when he was yet in Galilee,

Luke 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

Luke 24:8 And they remembered his words,

Luke 24:9 And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.

Luke 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things to the apostles.

Luke 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

With regards to the apostles of the Lord and other ministers of the gospel, women in the New Testament played significant roles to help further their ministries. The Apostle Paul, whom many people erroneously consider a woman hater (because of his teaching forbidding the ordination of women into the five-fold ministry and his admonition to women to submit to their husbands at home), had many women he described as his partners in ministry, who laboured with him in the gospel. Those women provided shelter for him and his entourage, fed them, prayed for them, supported them financially and provided their homes as centres of worship and church meetings. The support ministry of these women was celebrated by the apostles (especially by Paul, the supposed woman hater) who singled them out for commendation and praise. No doubt, their services to the Lord and his gospel will never go unrewarded, as the Bible teaches that those who receive prophets in the name of prophets will receive the same rewards as those prophets. Thus, these women who received and supported the apostles of the Lord and other ministers of the gospel will receive the same rewards as those servants of God. Therefore, this support ministry of women is as important as that of the preachers of the gospel themselves. We should therefore not underestimate the contributions of the support ministries of women to the furtherance of the gospel. Rather than covet the five-fold ministry which is forbidden to them, women should delight in their help/support ministries, as they will receive the same rewards as the members of the five-fold ministry whom they support.

The Acts 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD has sent his angel, and has delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

The Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

The Acts 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to listen, named Rhoda.

The Acts 12:14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

The Acts 12:15 And they said to her, You are mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

The Acts 12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

The Acts 12:17 But he, beckoning to them with the hand to hold their peace, declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go show these things to James, and to the brothers. And he departed, and went into another place.

The Acts 16:12 And from there to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

The Acts 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spoke to the women which resorted thither.

The Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended to the things which were spoken of Paul.

The Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

The Acts 16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brothers, they comforted them, and departed.

Romans 16:1 I commend to you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

Romans 16:2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becomes saints, and that you assist her in whatever business she has need of you: for she has been a succorer of many, and of myself also.

Romans 16:3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

Romans 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia to Christ.

Romans 16:6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us.

Romans 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

Romans 16:8 Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.

Romans 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

Romans 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household.

Romans 16:11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.

Romans 16:12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which labored much in the Lord.

Romans 16:13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

Romans 16:14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brothers which are with them.

Romans 16:15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.

Romans 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

Philippians 4:3 And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life.

2 John 1:1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

2 John 1:2 For the truth’s sake, which dwells in us, and shall be with us for ever.

2 John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

2 John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

2 John 1:5 And now I beseech you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, but that we receive a full reward.

2 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses, and stays not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that stays in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.

2 John 1:10 If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2 John 1:11 For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

2 John 1:12 Having many things to write to you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come to you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

2 John 1:13 The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.

Matthew 10:41 He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

Matthew 10:42 And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Women also have significant ministries to other members of the church. The older women are to teach the younger ones to love their husbands and children and to take good care of their homes. In that regards, the women have a teaching ministry to other women as well as to children. This is very important because the mentorship ministry of older godly women is desperately needed to guide the younger ones towards having godly and fulfilled homes with well-brought up children. Ministering to children and youths, as teachers in children and youth ministries, is also a ministry women can engage in legitimately in the church. As mothers, women are best equipped emotionally and otherwise to train children and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They are the first teachers and guides children are blessed with, and they should be encouraged to play that role in the church with respect to children and young people. Mothering children in the church is thus a very significant role women can play in the house of God.

Titus 2:1 But speak you the things which become sound doctrine:

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Women can also minister to the entire church in many ways. In fact, apart from the five-fold ministry, Christian women can participate in all other ministries in the church. From being prophetesses who can prophesy in the church (like the daughters of Philip the Evangelist), to singing, praying, helping, administration, giving, edifying, exhortation, comforting and showing mercy, women can exhibit all the gifts of the Holy Spirit less those of the five-fold ministry. Just like a woman in the home has myriads of functions to perform to make the home front a success (despite not being the head of the home), the same is expected of her in the church. That women are not to be overseers in the church doesn’t mean they are to be idle and jobless in the church. As members of the body of Christ, they have important roles to perform. For sure, they are not to be the head in the church, but they can be every other parts of the body, and no part is less important than the others. In fact, those parts of the body we consider uncomlely and less visible actually have greater honour and glory bestowed on them!

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Romans 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold to that which is good.

1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit with.

1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.

1 Corinthians 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

1 Corinthians 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

1 Corinthians 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

1 Corinthians 12:18 But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him.

1 Corinthians 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

1 Corinthians 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

1 Corinthians 12:22 No, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

1 Corinthians 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

1 Corinthians 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God has tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked.

1 Corinthians 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

1 Corinthians 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

The Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

The Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

The Acts 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

The Acts 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came to Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and stayed with him.

The Acts 21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

Outside the church, women have the same role to play in the great commission as their male counterparts. We’re all required to preach the gospel to all around us, one-on-one, by inviting unbelieving kith and kin to church, as well as by living godly lives and doing good works, in order to win souls for Christ, for we are all ambassadors of Christ, whether male or female. There are myriads of ministries to the unsaved, which include prison ministry, hospital/care ministry, ministries for people with special needs—drug addicts, prostitutes, victims of sex abuse, the LGBTQ community, orphans, the elderly, single mothers, displaced persons, immigrants, the homeless, destitutes, the bereaved, the physically and mentally challenged, people in need of counselling and emotional support, etc. All these ministries can be legitimately undertaken by women. Thus, opportunities abound for women in ministry! They may not be members of the five-fold ministry, but they have awesome ministries to engage in. Rather than fight for positions that are not available to them, women should appreciate the great opportunities God has made available to them in his service and in the service of humanity.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

2 Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not from now on live to themselves, but to him which died for them, and rose again.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now from now on know we him no more.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be you reconciled to God.

The Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and giving of alms which she did.

The Acts 9:37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

The Acts 9:38 And for as much as Lydda was near to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent to him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

The Acts 9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

The Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

The Acts 9:41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

The Acts 9:42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

1 Peter 3:1 In like manner, wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; so that, even if any do not obey the Word, they may be won by the behavior of their wives without a word;

1 Peter 3:2 seeing your pure behavior in fear.

1 Peter 3:3 Let your beauty be not just the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on fine clothing;

1 Peter 3:4 but in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious.

1 Peter 3:5 For this is how the holy women before, who hoped in God also adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

1 Peter 3:6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose children you now are, if you do well, and are not put in fear by any terror (NHEB).

John 4:28 The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men,

John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

John 4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came to him.

John 4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.

John 4:32 But he said to them, I have meat to eat that you know not of.

John 4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Has any man brought him ought to eat?

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 4:35 Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

John 4:36 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.

John 4:37 And herein is that saying true, One sows, and another reaps.

John 4:38 I sent you to reap that where on you bestowed no labor: other men labored, and you are entered into their labors.

John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

John 4:40 So when the Samaritans were come to him, they sought him that he would tarry with them: and he stayed there two days.

John 4:41 And many more believed because of his own word;

John 4:42 And said to the woman, Now we believe, not because of your saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.

In conclusion, though women are excluded from the five-fold ministry and leadership/overseership of the church, they have myriads of ministries to fulfill in the body of Christ. Apart from the fact that they can support ministers of the gospel, mentor other women and groom children in the church, women can operate all other gifts and ministries of the Spirit (less the five-fold ministry). They can also operate several ministries to people outside the church, helping to meet special needs and propagate the gospel thereby. Women may not be the head in the body of Christ, but they’re certainly parts of the body, and have useful functions to perform, like all other parts of the body, without which the body would be dysfunctional. Therefore, rather than covet the overseership of the church which is an exclusive preserve of men, women should focus on discovering their myriads of gifts, which are needed to bless the body of Christ and the world in general.

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Published by Dr. Ndubuisi E. Ojo

Dr Ojo is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a student of the Word of God, who believes firmly in the original apostolic faith as the only authentic version of Christianity, and the only legitimate basis for Christian conduct, order and doctrine.

9 thoughts on “The Role Of Women In The Church—Ministries Open To Women In The Body Of Christ

  1. Thank you for writing this post. I admit that this is a subject with which I have little contact and limited personal understanding. I still have so much to learn.

    I am grateful that you have approached this subject with fidelity and tenderness. Christ’s female followers have such an important role in cultivating faith on the frontlines of our faith. Our sisters mold and shape our youth and instill godly values in our homes and before our families. The female is at the very foundation of Christ’s church. What a critically important ministry.
    You approach this subject with integrity and love for all our sisters in Christ!

    Many blessings and much love to you and your ministry dear friend.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and loving support, my dear Brother.

      I’ve been so looking forward to reading your posts and was not disappointed when “Sorrowful Unto Death” was released. God bless you for the deliberate effort you put into bringing out deep truths from what I normally gloss over. It’s really very refreshing to see things from a different perspective.

      Once more , thanks and God bless you and your impactful ministry!


  2. You did so wonderfully in this article. Well written, thorough, encouraging and uplifting. The combination of the two articles, encourages both men and women to eagerly, joyfully and with all power, embrace, the immense honor of the roles we’ve been assigned and the importance of each of them in the function of the church and body of Christ. They inspire men to rise up and possess the roles they were created for with all power, duty, responsibility, piety and humility. Inspires women to rise to their roles to bear them up, support the ministry, instruct one another, raise up the future generations. And it reminds us all that just as in our roles in the marriage are designed for the health, function and thriving of the relationship and workings of the home, our roles in the church are designed the same so that all things may work together for its good.
    May the Lord Bless and keep you.

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  3. Notes and ideas for women in the church.
    It is always more fulfilling for our roles when we have a church that nurtures and encourages community within it. Sadly not all do.
    Thankfully, our does and women are very active within it beyond women’s groups, women’s ministries and Sunday school teachers. We perform the welcoming committee who makes sure that everyone is greeted and welcomed who enter the doors of our church.
    We have a prayer chain. When anyone needs prayer, the head of the chain is notified, she prays then contacts the lady under her who does the same and so on until the entire female body has taken up prayer for the one needing it.
    When anyone is sick or recovering from surgery, we each pick a day that we will be responsible to cook a meal and deliver it to their home for them and their family. When anyone passes away. As the funeral is performed in the sanctuary, all the women arrive with food and are in the kitchen cooking to provide the meal and serve it to the family and funeral goers. We take turns driving the elderly in our church to doctors appointments etc.

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    1. WOW! This is awesome! That’s what a New Testament church is supposed to be! Every member supporting one another and thus creating a family environment filled with warmth and love, helping to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ.

      Every local church has so much to learn from a family church like yours! May God bless and keep you all and bless your labours of love in his vineyard. And may He bless the church leadership that has freed the women to fulfill their ministries!

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