Women Elders & Women Pastors In The Christian Church?


The biblical teaching that women cannot be elders and pastors in the Christian church is very unpopular in evangelical circles.  Even though the Bible clearly forbids it, many denominations allow women to teach and have authority over men.

This is unbiblical and unfortunate, we must look to the Bible for all of our answers.  Let us take what is plainly stated in scripture without reading our own interpretations into it.  We must not let our culture dictate or influence what goes on in the church.

Let me add that all people are equal to God, regardless of sex, race, authority, financial status, or any other thing that contributes to classes or hierarchy in our society.

All People Are Equal To God:
"For there is no respect of persons with God."
Romans 2:11

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
Galatians 3:28

"Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."
Colossians 3:11

"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."
1 Peter 3:7

The Bible clearly forbids women to have authority over men in a church setting.  There were no women priests in the Old Testament.  Jesus chose all male apostles.  Only men were allowed to be elders in the Old Testament.  No known author of scripture was a woman.  No woman had an ongoing prophetic ministry in the Old Testament.  Women did not serve as leaders in the New Testament nor did they have an ongoing prophetic role.

These are not mere oversites, rather, these are examples for our learning and to show us that authority in church is an God ordained office for qualified men.

Some may argue that Jesus did not choose women apostles because He did not want to cause unnecessary controversy in the male dominated culture of His day.  This argument does not hold water because rabbis of His day did not have nor allow women followers.  Jesus had many women followers and in allowing this Jesus no doubt caused controversy to His contemporaries.

The Churches First Elders Were Male:

When there arose a murmuring of the Grecians in Acts 6 over the the neglected state of the widows the twelve apostles told them to choose seven men to rule over them in this issue, these were the first deacons.

Notice that it was a female issue that was the problem, yet they still told them to choose men for the job.  Despite this clear example, many evangelicals today teach that there are certain duties male deacons cannot perform due to the sensitive nature of female issues, therefore they reason the need for women elders and deacons.

"And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business."
Acts 6:1-3

Dr. John MacArthur answers the question: "What does the Bible say about women elders?"

"The Bible makes no provision for women to serve as elders.  First Timothy 2:11-12 says “Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.  But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.”  In the church women are to be under the authority of the elders, excluded from teaching men or holding positions of authority over them.
The reason women must submit to the leadership of men is not cultural, nor does it reflect a Pauline prejudice, as some claim.  Rather, it is rooted in the order of creation: “For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve” (v. 13).  The Fall of man confirmed that order: “And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression” (v. 14).

The Bible Forbids Women To Teach And Have Authority Over Men In Church:

"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
1 Timothy 2:11-14

"As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths."
Isaiah 3:12

These verses of scripture in no way demean women, God simply has a structure of authority that he has set forth in scripture.  Over 95% of men do not qualify to be elders, deacons, or pastors.  Does this discriminate against men?  No, it is neither discrimination against men or women, it is a God ordained structure of authority started as far back as creation.

Adam was created first, then Eve (1 Timothy 2:11-14).  Woman was created for the man (Genesis 2:18, 1 Corinthians 11:8-9).  Adam named Eve, this was a sign of authority in the Old Testament (Genesis 2:23).  Adam was not deceived, but Eve being deceived was in the transgression (1 Timothy 2:14).  God told Eve that Adam shall rule over her (Genesis 3:16).  Man is the head of his wife (Genesis 3:16, Ephesians 5:23, 1 Corinthians 11:3).  Women are to be in subjection to their husbands (1 Peter 3:1-6, Titus 2:5).  Men are to command their household's to keep the way of the LORD (Genesis 18:19, Ephesians 6:4).  Giving women authority over men in a church setting upsets this God ordained hierarchy.

Here is a great quote from a Reformed Elders Handbook refuting the popular notion that Paul's teachings on women were influenced by his culture, thus they reason that they do not apply to us in the 21st century:

"The elder is to be male.  This qualification is under attack in many quarters.  Paul is accused of writing under the cultural influence of his times, when, it is said, women were considered inferior to men.  We point out, however, that in fact it was common for women to be priestesses in the pagan religions of Paul's time, and he was, therefore, rather opposing custom than obedient to it.  It is said that the churches now neglect other instructions of Paul's, like women wearing veils (1 Corinthians 11:10) or leaving their hair uncut (1 Corinthians 11:15), and why, then, still respect Paul's limiting eldership to men?  We point out that disobedience to one requirement affords no valid grounds for disobedience to another, and that Paul anchors his teaching on male headship in the Church in creation (1 Corinthians 11:8-9, 1 Timothy 2:13), in the fall (1 Timothy 2:14), and in relation of Christ to His Church (Ephesians 5:22-24).  And Peter supports the same teaching of male headship in the Church with reference to Sarah's obedience to Abraham (1 Peter 3:6, Genesis 18:12).  There can be no doubt, finally, that in the passages quoted from St. Paul the Holy Spirit expressly allots the office of elder to men, for only they can be husbands."

John MacArthur adds another scriptural insight to this debate:

"Our society's current thinking on the woman's role is contrary to the priorities revealed in the Bible.  Genesis 3 explains why that conflict exists. After the Fall, God told the woman, "Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you" (Genesis 3:16).  Genesis 4:7 helps us to understand what that verse means.  There God told Cain, "Sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it."  Exactly the same phrase is used in both passages.  So in the same way sin tries to dominate us all, fallen women desire to overpower their husbands, and fallen men tend to oppress them in the same way sin oppresses the sinner.  The intended balance, of course, is achieved when men and women lead and submit in a godly manner (Ephesians 5:22-33)." 

That being firmly established, God still has requirements for church order.  Not all men are qualified to be leaders, only a select few are able to hold this office.  From the verses below you can see that most men are excluded from such an awesome responsibility.

Qualifications That Men Need In Order To Hold An Office In The Church:

"This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.  Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.  Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.  And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.  Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.  Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."
1 Timothy 3:1-12, See also: Titus 1:5-12

"This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach."
1 Timothy 3:1-2

"For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly."
Titus 1:5-6

Let us now look at some of the scriptures used to justify women teaching and having authority over men in the church.  Despite the clear teachings of scripture (1 Timothy 2:11-14), Christian leaders allow women to take places of authority over men.

Galatians 3:28 teaches Women Can Teach Men:

This verse is used to support  the teaching that women may hold any position in the church.  This verse does not even deal with church offices, in its context it applies to our salvation in Christ.  To use this verse to support women leaders is a misuse of scripture.
Why were the pastoral epistles (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus) given that name?  It is because they deal with church order and structure.  Shouldn't we go there to get our answers in this matter? 

"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
1 Timothy 2:11-14

Phillip's Four Daughters Had The Gift Of Prophecy (Acts 21:9-11):

This Verse is also used to support that women may have authority over men.  If you look two verses down, God used a male, the prophet Agabus to give a  prophecy to the Apostle Paul, not the women.  God did not use a woman to speak to Paul, He used a man.

"And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.  And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.  And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles."
Acts 21:9-11

Aquila And Priscilla Taught Apollos (Acts 18:24-26):

A careful reading of this verse reveals that this instruction was done in private, "they took him unto them."  This instruction was not done in a church setting, therefore it does not apply to this argument.

"And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly."
Acts 18:24-26

Phoebe Was Not A Servant But A Deaconess (Romans 16:1-2):

Phoebe is called a "servant of the church of Cenchrea."  The word, 'servant,' is what is occasionally translated as 'minister,' or less often as 'deacon.'  It is clear in the context of this chapter and the Bible that Phoebe had no authority over a man, she was a fellow helper in Christ, a servant.

Some people argue that In verse 2 the Greek word prostatis applies to Phoebe and means, "one who presides over an assembly."  No such meaning can be found in New Testament times; the word simply means "helper," "assistant," or "patroness."

I was always taught that clear scriptures interpret the vague ones, the Bible clearly teaches that a woman cannot have authority over a man in a church setting (1 Timothy 2:11-12).

Therefore, taking into account the many verses and examples that we have throughout the whole of scripture the obscure passage of Romans 16:1-2 should not be used to support a woman having authority over a man when we have clear passages that forbid it.

If you believe that a female deacon functioned on a different level than a male deacon, meaning that she had no authority over a man, then I have no problem with that.
  
1 Timothy 3:11 Speaks Of Women Leaders In The Church:

It is claimed that the Greek The word gunaikas in 1 Timothy 3:11 can be translated as either "wives" or "women," thus referring to women as spiritual leaders in the church.

If you look at this verse in context this definition is not true, one verse later it states, "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."  Let us see the verse in its context:

"This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach...Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well."
1 Timothy 3:1-2, 12

John 20:17-18 Supports Women Teachers:

I have actually heard a well known evangelical leader use this verse to support women teachers.  He reasoned that since women were the first to see the empty tomb and that Jesus told them, "to go tell their brethren," this sets forth the precedence for women leaders in positions of authority over men in the church.

This verse in no way supports this theory.  If children had been the first at the tomb, would we then conclude that children should be elders and teachers in the church?

1 Timothy 2:11-14 Are Cultural And Do Not Apply Today:

I have heard this taught a few times, wondering where do they get this from?  The verse is crystal clear, yet somehow they read into it something that is not there.  I believe that this is dangerous hermeneutics, any doctrine that we dislike can be rebuffed by the statement, "That doesn't apply to us, it is just cultural."

Paul did not use an argument relating to their culture, instead Paul went all the way back to creation to prove his point that women should not have authority over men in church.  Thus, proving that this teaching applies to us today.

"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
1 Timothy 2:11-14

Deborah (Judges 4-6) Supports Women Leaders In Church:

Deborah's leadership over Israel is in fact an indictment to the male leadership (Isaiah 3:12).  Look at the cowardly Barak in chapter 4 verse 8, "And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go."

Then Deborah replied to his cowardice by implying that if God gave the enemies over to a woman it would be an insult, "And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh" Judges 4:9.

Look at the song of Deborah in chapter 5 verse 2, she clearly says that men should take the lead, "When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves- praise the LORD!"
Remember what God had to say in judgement of Israel: "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths," Isaiah 3:12.

Queen Athaliah (1 Kings 11) Supports Women Teachers:

Queen Athaliah was a usurper, thus she was not a legitimate ruler.  So, she cannot be used to justify women having authority over men in church.

Women Have Taught Me In The Past:

One evangelical leader uses this argument to justify his belief in women teachers in the church.  He reasons that since he has learned from women in the past, it sets forth the precedence that they in fact can be teachers in the church having authority over men.

This is pragmatism, not proper biblical hermeneutics.  This is placing experience over exegesis.  The Bible is very clear on this issue (1 Timothy 2:11-14), no amount of personal experience can justify changing clear precepts of our faith.

How many parents have learned things from their children?  How many times have you heard a pastor give a spiritual teaching about an experience that he learned from his children?  Would you then advocate children being leaders in the church seeing that they have taught us in the past?  Of course not.  We cannot approach biblical interpretation on these grounds.  

What Have We Learned Thus Far?

So far we have established all people are equal to God and that a woman cannot teach or have authority over a man in a church setting. This of course does not extend to political or secular offices.  We also learned that there are only a very few qualified men that may have authority in church.

Dr. John MacArthur answers another question: "I was wondering, how you feel about a woman being a pastor of a church as you are?"

"I feel very bad about that.  Let me just read you what the Bible says, okay?  1 Timothy 2:11, “Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. I permit not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”  And, this is in relation to verse 15, of chapter 3, “That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

So, if you want to know how to behave in the church, the first thing you do is, you don’t have a woman be the pastor.  Because that’s what it says in the Bible.  That’s not my opinion.  I’m not trying to be a chauvinist. I’m just trying to do what the Bible says.  And, that’s the thing that’s the issue.

Now, the balance comes, you say, "Why is that right?  Why is that so?" and somebody says, “Oh, that’s Paul, he’s a chauvinist, and we can throw that out."  "Oh, it’s a rabbinical gloss.  Some rabbi got carried away and stuck it in Genesis 2, and then, it’s a Pauline extrapolation, and so forth, and he just stuck it in there."  "And, it’s cultural."  I hear this stuff.  "It’s cultural," all the time.  "It’s cultural."  But, it says in the next verse, "...the reason is Adam was first formed and then Eve."  That’s not cultural, folks.  That’s creative.  That’s the way it was from the creation, and not only that, "Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."

So, the woman is confirmed in the submissive role, 1) by creation, 2) by deception. She needs protection. She was created as a helper to the man and it was made evident when she stepped out from under his authority, she goofed up the whole human race.  So, basically, (laughter) Well, I mean, I don’t want to leave it just at that, you know.  Somebody said, God created man, then He rested, then, He created woman, and no one’s rested, but, (laughter) In fact, somebody even went so far as to say there wouldn’t be any women in heaven because it says in Revelation 4, “There was silence in heaven for the space of 30 minutes. (laughter) But, I don’t want to, I don’t want to get carried away.  See, those things are definitely chauvinistic statements, so.

But, let me say this, that the reason God has designed it this way is just that’s because God has designed it that way, and a woman ought to accept the wonderful role she has, which is given in the next verse, verse 15, "she shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith and love, and so forth, and holiness."
What does that mean?  It means this, look, the man is given leadership. But, the woman is saved.  Saved?  What do you mean saved?  Soul salvation?  No, you’re not saved by having a baby.  You’re not saved by childbirth.  Well, what does it mean?  "She should be saved in childbearing." It means this, you’re saved from any thought of second-class status.  Men, we have the authority, but women have the influence.  I mean, a babe that suckled at the breast of a mother for the first few months and years of its life develops an intimacy that never changes, if that mother loves that child the way that child needs to be loved, and there will be an intimacy of relationship, and an intimacy of influence.  Let’s face it, a child is 95 per cent shaped by the time it’s five years old, and 90 per cent of that shaping has probably occurred from the mother in many, many cases.

So, the balance that God is built in so marvelously is husband has headship, wife has influence.  And, that is another reason why I’m so strongly committed to the fact that women ought to take care of their kids in the home, and they ought to develop intimate and long term relationships to those children.  That’s their input, not taking a briefcase and marching off to the factory or the plant or the office. 

That isn’t how women influence the world in God’s design.  They influence the world be shaping the personalities of the next generation.  And, that’s the priority role as I see it."


Examples Of God Ordained Male Authority In The Old Testament For Our Examples



Only Males Received The Sign And Seal Of The Covenant:

"This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised."
Genesis 17:10


God Appointed Only Men To The Priesthood:

"And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons."
Exodus 28:1

"And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.  And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
Numbers 3:9-10


Elders Were To Be Men:

"Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens...And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens."
Exodus 18:21, 25


Only The Males Were Commanded To Appear Before The Lord:

"Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the LORD God."
Exodus 23:17

"Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.  Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment."
Deuteronomy 16:16-18

"Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God."
Nehemiah 10:36


The Firstborn Males Were Sanctified To The LORD:

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine...That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD's...And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this?  That thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage."
Exodus 13:1-2, 12, 14

"Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me."
Exodus 22:29

"But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck.  All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem.  And none shall appear before me empty."
Exodus 34:20


The Firstborn Son Got The Inheritance:

"Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his."
Deuteronomy 21:16-17

"And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn."
2 Chronicles 21:3


The Firstborn Male Had The Birthright:

"And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.  And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob."
Genesis 25:31-33

"Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.  For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears."
Hebrews 12:16-17

"And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another."
Genesis 43:33

"Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright."
1Chronicles 5:1


Abram Is Called; Not Sarai:

"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee."
Genesis 12:1


Men Were To Rule The Children Of Israel:

"Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.  And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.  So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes."
Deuteronomy 1:13-15


God Commanded Men To Represent Israel And Carry The Twelve Stones In The Jordan River:

"And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night."
Joshua 4:1-3


Women have been used in many ways to glorify God


Examples In The Bible Of Women In Praise Of God:

"All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn.  And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.  All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman."
1 Chronicles 25:5-6

"Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women."
Ezra 2:65

"Beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and they had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women."
Nehemiah 7:67

"And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.  And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea."
Exodus 15:20-21


Women Prophetess'

"And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.  And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea."
Exodus 15:20-21

"And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time."
Judges 4:4

"So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her."
2 Kings 22:14

"And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz."
Isaiah 8:3

"And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity."
Luke 2:36

"And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy."
Acts 21:9


Examples Of Women Helping Out In Ministry:

"And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life."
Philippians 4:3

"I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.  Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.  Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us."
Romans 16:1-6

"Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did."
Acts 9:36

"But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.  And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.  Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her."
John 20:11-18

"And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us...And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed."
Acts 16:14-15, 40

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."
2 Timothy 1:5
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."
1 Timothy 2:11-14
"For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly."
Titus 1:5-6
"As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths."
Isaiah 3:12