a guide to tell if women are allowed to be pastors

"Women in Ministry Guide" by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Women in Ministry Guide” by nakedpastor David Hayward

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This cartoon was inspired by another meme I saw online. It was about whether a toy was for a girl or a boy. Do you operate the toy with your genitals? Yes? Then it’s not a toy for children. Do you not operate the toy with your genitals? Then it’s either for boys or girls.

I liked it so I crossed the message over to the issue of women in ministry.

There are people who contact me to inform me that there are a lot of women in ministry, and that there are denominations who accept women into their ministry positions. However, it is obvious, if one is observant enough, that many of the most popular voices in Christendom right now believe women are not suitable for ministry and that they cannot and should not be pastors or even teach a man.

Sexism is alive and well I’m afraid. So we can continue to call it what it is.


5 Replies to “a guide to tell if women are allowed to be pastors”

  1. ROFL!!! Loved it! Every female pastor should hang this cartoon on her office entry door! lol…..

  2. David, the flowchart is great, and inclusive of people of any gender (whatever their genitals), any sexual orientation, and of intersex people as well.

    The same people who think only men should be pastors, probably have other (hidden) criteria related to sexuality and gender – in my experience, a majority of pastors are straight, married, cisgender men.

    As far as genitalia go, they would probably accept a man who had a vasectomy or a testicle removed. But they usually don’t even know about intersex conditions, so they’d probably err (and I do mean “err”) on the side of conservatism.

  3. If only I had the *ahem* Balls to post this on my Facebook profile; however I am FB friends w/ some fr. our church. Our new “interim” pastor does not believe women should teach or preach ..possibly he means only not teach or preach to men based on I Timothy 2:12….and two weeks after that pronouncement from the pulpit, one of our female congregants preached a sermon!

    Some days I wish I had an alter ego Facebook profile….

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