Why Women Belong in Seminary

3 reasons to consider formal training if you've been called to ministry
Why Women Belong in Seminary

It was a fall breakfast event, and I sat in a large room full of women. The tables looked beautiful, and the space was full of energy. My husband and I had just started attending a new church, and this was my first women's event. I was excited to hear what the speaker had to say.

Unfortunately, I don't remember much of her message. I do remember her comparing women to shoes—maybe that our personalities are like different shoes, or that our lifestyles are like shoes—something like that. But that's the only thing I can recall.

After she concluded, I sat there feeling disappointed about the lack of substance and biblical teaching.

Churches need women on staff who are trained to care for the women in their church, and to minister to women in ways that women are uniquely equipped to do.

Rather than criticize the state of female teaching in the church, however, I would like to suggest a course of action. It's time to do something to raise the bar for women in the church, and it's going to require something big from some of you.

For some of you women reading this, it's time to think about seminary.

Among evangelicals, women have tended to stay away from seminary. In the United States, approximately 30 percent of students seeking the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree are women. However, that percentage drops to about 21 percent among evangelical seminaries.

But it doesn't have to be this way. The church deserves better, and God calls us to more, so here are three reasons why you, if you have a call to ministry, should seriously consider seminary:

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Calling; Church; Education; Ministry; Spiritual Gifts; Teaching; Women's Ministry
Today's Christian Woman, January Week 5, 2014
Posted January 29, 2014

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