Monthly Archives: October 2019

Students Emcee Sessions at MFI

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This month hundreds of pastors and leaders from churches all over the world gathered together at the Mannahouse Rocky Butte campus for the recent MFI Conference. Ministers Fellowship International, established in 1987, is comprised a network of pastors and churches that gather annually for a time of community building, and inspiring sessions that encourage and refresh the leaders that attend.
This year our students had the opportunity to facilitate some of the sessions, introduce the speakers, and put into practice many of the skills that they learn while attending Portland Bible College. It was an opportunity to build connections with pastors and leaders, and glean from their wisdom on leadership, church planting, and team work. Students were so grateful to have the chance for a hands-on learning experience as they emceed for the sessions.Ana Julia, a Junior at PBC emceed for one of the sessions, and mentioned how MFI Conference impacted her life this year more than ever before. Ana and all of the students that attended the conference felt like they were part of what God is going all over the world, and were honored to represent the PBC community.

“To Women Called by God…Please Don’t ‘Go Home'” by Bryan Davis

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If you’ve been online or talked to any leaders at all in the last few days, you’ve likely heard the recent comments made by John MacArthur telling Beth Moore to “Go home”. This has stirred up a number of different opinions and emotional reactions regarding the idea of women in ministry. Now, I can appreciate that as leaders we may land on different sides of the fence theologically, but when we make it our aim to demean, criticize, belittle and devalue another leader or those from either gender, then we are not operating in a God-honouring way. In fact, we are doing quite the opposite. We are attacking the very image and nature of God expressed through His creation.

WHY IT HURTS

Honestly, as a male leader and pastor, I may not always personally feel the tension of this issue. In my mind and the minds of the leaders I serve with, our Father clearly created men and women in his image and commissioned each and every one of us to “Go and make disciples…” Period. End of story. Let’s go do this.  So when I heard the comments, I shook my head, didn’t even give them any credence, and could have simply moved on. But then I saw how the words affected my wife, the woman I pastor with, admire, lean on for wisdom, and live out this God-calling with. I thought of my own daughter, who at a young age, already has a strong and wonderful call of God on her life. I thought of my three sons, who I pray would never try to demean any other person called to have a voice out of fear that it might diminish their own voice. And I thought of the women I know who are mighty and skilled leaders and preachers in my own church and churches around the world…and the pastor in me could not stay silent.

I love the church. It is God’s plan to spread the good news and proclaim redemption to mankind. So any attempt to devalue half of that mankind created in God’s own image is an attack on the very plan of God and the church. And this is why I am grieved.

JESUS SAYS “COME HOME”

Though this short blog post doesn’t lend itself to fully developing a doctrine of women in ministry, it is important to note that Jesus’ regard for women was much different than that of the contemporary culture of his day. He regarded them as beings made equally in the image of God (Genesis 1:27 Matthew 19:4), and addressed them as such. He spoke publicly with women throughout His ministry (John 4, John 8, Luke 7, Luke 8, and Luke 11 are just a few examples). He gave them worth and value in a culture that regarded them as second-class citizens.

The language of Jesus’ ministry here on earth was COME.

 “Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest. Follow My teachings and learn from Me. I am gentle and do not have pride. You will have rest for your souls.” Matt. 11:28-29 NLV

“At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’” Luke 14:17

 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17

The heart of His message was “COME HOME.” Come, be who you have always been called to be. Come, live on mission and be part of my glorious story. Come, and let me breathe life on those dreams I have put in your heart. Let me stir up the gifting and anointing you have to bring others home. Come Home. This is the heart of our Father. I grieve to think that women would hear any other narrative and disqualify themselves from coming to the one place that can truly set them free. Come Home.

So today, I celebrate and honour the call of God on every woman in the kingdom of God! You need to know that we can’t do this without you. You may have been silenced in the past, but that day is no more. Rise up and fulfill the call of God on your life to lead, to preach the gospel, to bring others to Jesus, to train and equip, to prophesy and pastor. There are too many lives at stake for us to discount anyone from walking out what God has called them to do.

You are home.

Bryan Davis
http://localchurchleader.org/to-women-called-by-god-please-dont-go-home/

Bryan Davis is a graduate of Portland Bible College (BTh ’06), lead pastor of LifeSpring Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and author of the Local Church Leader blog.

“The Ordination of Women” by Lanny Hubbard

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The subject of ordaining women into positions of church authority is one of varied opinions and deep emotions. Many women see the traditional model of male leaders as one that has contributed greatly to the oppression they have experienced. In order to eliminate much of that they are striving hard to promote the concept of gender equality into many areas of leadership structure. The force of this endeavor is now putting great pressure on the Church to adjust its traditional understanding of church government.

When debates on women in church government occur, the final word for many people rests on a few key passages in the New Testament. These passages, viewed by themselves outside their literary and historical context, appear to offer a clear-cut argument that women can not hold authoritative positions within the Church. It is on these passages that the traditional male lead model has rested. Many, however, are beginning to challenge the methods of biblical interpretation that have fueled these models, seeing them as incorrect and in need of reconstruction.

The three most used sections of scripture used to restrict women from positions of leadership are 1Cor 11:3-13, 1Cor 14:33-36, and 1Tim 2:11-14. As was stated earlier however, most of the time these passages are used they are quoted without a consideration of their historical or literary contexts. When they are studied in light of the time, geography, and culture in which they were written they do take on a different emphasis.

In reading through the whole book of 1Corinthians, it is obvious that Paul is laying out directives that will help the church of that city function the way it was supposed to. He makes some clear points. First, every member of the Body of Christ is to contribute what God has given them for the benefit of the other members of the church. Second, God pours out various gifting on people according to His will. And finally, everything done with these gifts is to have the intended goal of edifying all the other members of the assembly. Paul never limits gifting to males alone, but gives permission for women to pray and prophecy as long as it is done in an edifying way.

1Timothy also addresses situations that were present in the environment of the Ephesian Church. False teachings, marital conflicts, and competitiveness were all part of that city’s characteristics. The new believers coming into the church already had these in their lifestyle and thinking. As a result, the atmosphere within the church was affected by what they brought with them. Paul has to address these issues in order to help maintain a peaceful, orderly quality within the church gatherings.

Both the passages in 1Corinthians and 1Timothy appear to be addressing specific problems that had arisen in the Christian assemblies of two great cities. The directives that Paul gives in these passages also appears to be addressing specific problems in these two cities and not just general statements meant to be enforced in every congregational setting. A statement that Paul would make to a particular local problem in one geographical setting can only be applied to a church in another location if the same particular problem existed in that congregation also.

My conclusion is this. Paul’s restrictions of women functioning in authoritative roles within a church congregation are directed at the specific ways the gifts were being used in specific local congregations. Once women ceased to function in a manner that would lead to conflict or confusion, they were free to function in a way that would edify the church. The prohibitions in these passages are not against women functioning, but against women functioning improperly.

Lanny Hubbard

To read Mannahouse Church’s full doctrinal position paper on this issue, please click here.