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Why women pastors?

The Church of the Nazarene has been ordaining women for every ministry position since our denomination began over a century ago:

Dr. Wilbur Brannon, on behalf of the Church of the Nazarene states, "we strongly disagree with those who would presume to deny God's call on women. This interpretation of biblical texts is diametrically opposite to the biblical, historical, and theological affirmations of gifted women who have filled prophetic, pastoral, and leadership roles both in the Old and New Testaments.


The Wesleyan/Holiness tradition, including the Church of the Nazarene, has been committed to recognizing and supporting women clergy by ordaining those whom God has called. I grieve over the prospect of making this a divisive issue among evangelicals and especially among those of us in the Holiness/Wesleyan tradition."


Wilbur Brannon

Director, Office of the Ministry 

For the positions of other Wesleyan/Holiness Denominations click here.

Rev. Dr. Linda Warren has done a thorough study of the Biblical passages related to this topic, but I also wanted to share with you a published resource.  I was given this lead by a couple who visited a month or so ago.  The book is by the father — a Nazarene pastor — of the woman.   The book does a very good job explaining the history of women in ministry and the Biblical work related to the OT, Jesus’ ministry and Paul’s writings to show that the Lord embraces and encourages women in their gifts and in positions of authority in the church.  I highly recommend this resource for your further edification.
--Pastor Joyce Swingle

You can hear Dr. Linda Warren teaching on 1 Corinthians 14:34-35:

Hear the whole sermon on 1 Corinthians 14:20-40.

If Christ be in the Female as well as in the Male, is not He the same? And may not the Spirit of Christ speak in the Female as well as in the Male? Is He there to be limited? Who is it that dare limit the Holy One of Israel, for the Light is the same in the Male and in the Female, which cometh from Christ.
—George Fox, quoted by Paul Wesley Chilcote in John Wesley and the Women Preachers of Early Methodism (1656)

Pastor Rachel Taylor opens this sermon with the story of how she sensed her call to ministry before ever hearing a woman preach. 

Here are other sermons that shed light on biblical examples of women in ministry.