What I want women in ministry to know

imprrh@gmail.com —  July 9, 2015

The vote is in. The global church has voted not to allow Divisions to ordain. Since the decision, personal friends who are godly women who serve in full time ministry positions have expressed disappointment and hurt at both the decision and the reaction following the decision. I want to take some time this morning to let my sisters who minister the following three things:

  1. I want you to know you are admired.

Your work does not go unnoticed. Even though the vote yesterday was not about women in ministry (we have and will continue to have them) some have taken to the internet and social media to attack and gloat. This might seem like a direct devaluing of your calling and ministerial aptitude. I am proud of your accomplishments and being able to put up with people that speak first and think later. Your reaction of grace, unity and forgiveness in the midst of the turbulence has been inspiring.

  1. I want you to know you are valued.

It is human nature to be discouraged when something that appears so clear is not understood by others. It is in times like these that you must remember who called you, why and for what. Whatever resources and support you may need, please don’t hesitate to connect. You matter. You are important, crucial, and valuable.

  1. I want you to know I am praying for you.

This is not platitudes. I mean it. Know that today I will lift up your ministry, family and faith to the throne of heaven. Simply stated, prayer helps us get through hard times. You have spoken to disappointed people often in ministry. Remember those counsels as you communicate with your father today.


I love my church. Even when I don’t agree with it, it’s my church and will continue to be my church. I understand that people on both sides of the issue will read this note. Will you join me in praying for women in ministry today?


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7 responses to What I want women in ministry to know

  1. With humility, I add my self to the list of prayer warriors that are using God’s tools as love and compassion to lift up our sisters in love. I also pray for those who are using Satan’s tools like attacking and condemning so that they can experience a personal encounter with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  2. Julio De la Rosa July 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I ask God to give courage and strength to our sisters and colleagues in ministry. that this matter does not diminish his zeal in the service of the Lord. God will continue using them are ordanadas the ministry or are not. This is the most important thing. God bless them all.

  3. I admire the courage of women in ministry and will be keeping them in prayer as they are now more than ever in the spotlight. Keep serving like Jesus cause He is one who calls and ordains!

  4. Miguel Valdivia July 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    If I may, I’d like to add one fourth item to Roger’s words of encouragement to women in ministry. The One who called you to ministry will never forsake you. You are an integral part in His work of reconciliation. He knows that out all His servants in the world only you can do what you do for Him and for others.

  5. estou orando por elas, há muito tempo! e estou orando por uma amiga em especial, para que vc acalme seu coração, seria tão simples vocês queridas amigas entenderem o quanto são maravilhosas, especiais, incríveis, mas que infelizmente que esta não é a vontade de Deus, vcs tem uma obra enorme a desempenhar, não existe obra maior que preparar os filhos para entrega-los a Jesus, a de serem auxiliadoras idôneas de seus companheiros, a pregarem na igreja dando seu testemunho pessoal, a darem estudo bíblicos, e uma infinidade de outras formas e maneiras,acreditem em mim, vocês não precisam dessa responsabilidade a mais, vocês já fazem tanto, não que eu ache que voces nao consigam, voces conseguem tudo, o que quero dizer é que se Deus não deixou este encargo a vocês é por que Ele deseja que vcs carreguem este fardo, acredito que há uma obra mais importante que ser pastor, a de ser mãe, de ser esposa e se vcs se dedicarem e forem fies a este ministerio certamente terão uma recompensa ganhar o mundo inteiro , vcs ajudarão na salvação dos seus filhos e esposos, e de que vale ganhar as honras do mundo inteiro e até mesmo o mundo inteiro e não poder ter o privilégio de chegar a Jesus e dizer: ” aqui Senhor estão os filhos, a familia que me confiaste, honraria maior que esta não existe. E queridas, o sermão de vocês são as vossas vidas, o vosso púlpito é o mundo e os vossos membros são todos aqueles que precisam de vcs. oro para que entendam isto e descubram o quão é maravilhoso serem auxiliadoras idôneas… com amor seu amigo, Angelo.

  6. Wanda Johnson July 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I have been and will continue to respect, value and pray for the wonderful women in ministry

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