Are Women Allowed to Be Pastors?


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Some Christian denominations allow female pastors and ministers, while others do not. Some churches that allow female leaders include the Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Methodist Church. The Southern Baptist Convention and Roman Catholic Church are among those that do not ordain women.

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Churches that restrict women from leadership roles often point to verses in Timothy and Titus that say women should not speak in church or hold authority over men. Churches that allow women to preach and take on leadership roles argue that those passages were meant in a specific context that does not apply to modern churches and that there is evidence in the Gospels that Jesus taught that women should be treated equally.

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