Gender Equality Within Church Leadership Essay

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Johnny B. Jackson Dr. Amber Pagel ENGL 1302 – 4403 18 July 2012 Gender Equality Within Church Leadership What is the best described appearance of the “Highest Good” for humanity? Would the appearance consist mostly of features or functionality given to a male versus female orientation? Should the orientation matter? Or, consider what should the “Highest Good” feel like? Would a soft and smooth texture prove superior to a hard and sturdy masculine feel? Does either touch sensation matter, if both may express the “Highest Good”? These seemingly simple questions serve profoundly to explore Complementarian and Egalitarian views regarding women holding leadership or ordained positions within the local Evangelical Church. Both views are rooted strongly in Biblical interpretation that allows for an ideological divide in theological thought and Church policy. Each side has contributed to the stability and progress of the universal Church. However, debate remain which predominate view will serve best as the “Highest Good” for the twenty-first century and beyond. Of the two, the Egalitarian view embraces a position and promotes a logic that rightly supports women holding leadership roles in the local Evangelical Church. To help facilitate understanding of the terms Complementarian and Egalitarian, in the article “The Effect of Egalitarian and Complementarian Gender Role Attitudes on Career Aspiration In Evangelical Female Undergraduate College Students,” Colleen Warner Colaner and Susan C. Warner provide concise definitions or meanings. The Complementarian view is considered the conservative side of the Evangelical Christian ideology versus a more liberal stance taken on by Egalitarianism. Advocates of the Complementarian view include The Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Regarding the Complementarian position, Colaner and Warner

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