What is the role of women in the church?

The specific instructions were given to timothy, not to allow Women to preach but there seems to be a problem between what is said in those few verses and the overall themes of the New Testament such as Galatians 3:28 where Paul says

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”

We believe that Paul’s comments to Timothy were situational, that is, to be applied to a particular time and place. Some of you may say that Paul’s argument was one appealing to nature, but in 1 Corinthians 11:13-15 he makes the same appeal to nature in women having long hair.

Where there is incongruity between a few verses and the overall revelation of God through scripture we must be in favour of the latter.

Many women have been gifts of preaching and teaching and we feel that it would be wrong not to allow them to use their gifts to God’s glory