This is the first question I’ve posted, so I hope I am following all the community guidelines.
I am struggling to get a grasp on how to view women serving in the highest “offices/positions” in the local church. In other words, is there a specific structure for how church leadership should function that is clearly set out in Scripture, and -if so- how do women fit with this structure? In the denomination I grew up in, these positions are generally called pastors and elders and refer to individuals who either expound regularly on the Word of God or who are responsible for making important decisions on church matters.
I recognize that this can be a sensitive and deeply personal issue for many (as it has become for me), and that views can often become polarized on this point which can lead to divisions. I apologize, therefore, if this question is inappropriate and/or not relevant to the purpose for which this community was formed - and if this is the case, I hope the moderators don’t feel bad about removing this question from the conversation threads.
Any insight you may have on this question (though it is vague) I would greatly appreciate. I will try to clarify my question if that is helpful.
@Michelle_Tepper (I just tagged in hopes that you are still answering questions in Ask RZIM and might have time to answer this one. But I think I may have missed you).
Thank you everyone!