For centuries, elders in the church have been primarily men. This is changing, however, as more and more women are becoming leaders in the church. This shift poses some unique challenges for the church, but it also presents an opportunity to reach a wider audience with the gospel. In this blog article, we will explore how women can be elders in the church and what that means for both them and the church.
What Does The Bible Say About Eldership?
The Bible does not specifically mention women being elders, but it does allow for women to be pastors and teachers in the church. In fact, Paul says that a woman should “learn in silence with all submissiveness.” (1 Cor. 14:34) This means that a woman can teach and preach just as much as a man can, and she should do so with humility and respect.
Some churches have recognized that women can be effective elders by appointing them to lead smaller groups or ministries within the church body. Others have simply allowed female elders to lead alongside their male counterparts without any formal designation. Whatever the case may be, the Bible teaches that each individual is to be treated with respect and given an opportunity to contribute according to his or her abilities and gifts.
What Are The Qualifications For Elderhood?
In the church, there are no specific qualifications for eldership. Anyone who is a member in good standing can be ordained to the priesthood, and can serve as an elder. However, there are certain qualities that make a good elder. An elder should be Christ-like, humble, patient, and have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. Elders are also responsible for helping build up the church membership by teaching members how to follow Christ and being example of how to live their lives.
Can Women Be Elders In The Church?
Women cannot be ordained to the priesthood, but they have been given keys and authority from God to preside over their families. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said that “there are obviously many important functions that women can fulfill in the Church.”
Elder Oaks has spoken about these important functions specifically: Women can teach gospel principles to their children, provide spiritual comfort to their husbands, and help lead their families in righteousness. Women can also serve as auxiliary leaders and volunteers in church organizations. These are just a few examples of how women can contribute importantly to the Church.
There is no doubt that women have made great contributions to the Church throughout its history. However, there is also no doubt that Heavenly Father intends for men and women to be equal in His kingdom. This means that both men and women will have important roles to play in bringing His gospel message to people everywhere.
Is There A Conflict Here?
There is no specific answer to this question as it depends on the individual’s beliefs and religious practices. Some people believe that women cannot be elders in the Church because they are not allowed to hold positions of authority within the Church. Others believe that women can be elders in the Church if they follow the same rules and regulations as men when it comes to holding church leadership positions. There is no right or wrong answer, as each individual’s beliefs will vary.
What Does The Bible Say About Elders?
The Bible does not specifically mention elders, but it does give general instructions about how a church should be run. One of the key responsibilities of elders is to shepherd and teach the flock (1 Pet 5:2). Elders are also responsible for setting an example for the church (1 Thess 5:12-13).
There is no one definitive answer to the question of whether women can be elders in the church. Some churches allow women to serve as elders, while others do not. There is no clear biblical answer on this issue. Each situation must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
How Women Can Serve As Elders In The Church
There is no question that women can and should serve as elders in the Church. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has stated: “Elders are to be noble examples of righteousness and godliness, full of love and faith” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, vol. 8 , 6). Elder Oaks continues, “A woman who fulfills these responsibilities will be blessed in many ways” (ibid.).
Some women feel uncomfortable serving as elders because they do not have all of the same experiences as male leaders. However, by studying the scriptures carefully, paying attention to the words of living prophets, and praying about what feels right for them, anyone can serve as an elder in the Church. Elders provide counsel and help others reach their full potential. They are also responsible for teaching children in their families about Jesus Christ and His gospel.
The keys of leadership are not gender specific. In fact, there are many great examples found throughout history where women have served valiantly in positions of leadership—including presidents, prime ministers, generals, bishops, and other officers—without losing their femininity or authority. As Latter-day Saints we should follow God’s example by being open to all people—both men and women—who want to serve Him according to their own strengths and abilities.
In a world where people are constantly moving toward more progressive values, it can be hard to understand why the LDS Church would not allow women to become elders. After all, if women have the same spiritual gifts and capacities as men, why shouldn’t they be able to hold positions of leadership in the church? The answer likely has something to do with scriptural teachings on order and authority.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles explained that while “women may share in common with men in receiving saving ordinances” (Doctrines Of Salvation, vol. 2, p. 535), they are not called upon to exercise priesthood authority “in their own right” (ibid., p. 536). In other words, although women possess spiritual gifts and capacities equal to those of men, they are not granted authority over male members of the church just because they are female. This is one reason why there is no formal role for older women within the LDS Church—because it is not found in scripture.