Acceptance still wanes for female pastors, preaches

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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it must be noted that women have made tremendous strides in this country––from Madame CJ Walker, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Mae Jemison, Condoleeza Rice to First Lady Michelle Obama. The journey of these

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it must be noted that women have made tremendous strides in this country––from Madame CJ Walker, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Mae Jemison, Condoleeza Rice to First Lady Michelle Obama. The journey of these African-American women is interwoven in the fabric of this nation’s history and leaves a rich legacy for all to take pride in.

Women have been the bedrock of the family, mapped uncharted waters in corporate America and in government and even ventured into outer space. Unfortunately, though, some still think the pulpit is off limits for women.

The Rev. Mitty Collier, founder and pastor of More Like Christ Ministries, said, “I think it is tradition … I have gone to two churches where the microphones have been taken off of the main podium, and I had to stand to the right at the side podium.”

Further, some congregants–men and women–still have difficulty accepting a woman as their spiritual leader. Throughout the Bible, women held leadership roles: Deborah was a judge, and Mary spread the message of the resurrection Christ.

“So many people say how women aren’t supposed to be pastors, a lot of women are subservient and inferior to men. Whatever the man says, it goes,” Collier said. Perish the thought.

The Rev. Dr. Felicia Campbell of Love Faith and Hope Church felt the reason for people continuing in this man-made tradition is “because we have been taught that the man is the only one that can lead, but that’s not true. If God didn’t want the woman to lead, he would not have called her to the ministry nor as pastors.”

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