In 1 Timothy, a letter of advice to a first‐time pastor (Timothy) from an experienced church leader (Paul), we encounter a passage that has often been misunderstood to suggest that women cannot have roles of leadership or instruction in churches. These verses, and ones similar to them, get misapplied and create hurtful confusion—seeming to relegate women to a smaller place of ministry or significance than men. Remembering that the whole Bible is the best backdrop with which to view specific passages, let’s ask the simple questions: Can women be leaders or teachers in church?
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