Christian Chronicle

Should women preach in a mixed-gender assembly?

This graduate theology student — one of four sisters and the mother of five girls — doesn’t think so.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

ARLINGTON, Texas — Christa Sanders Bryant has a passion for teaching the Bible.

The mother of five believes God has called her — and all Christians — to lead souls to Jesus.

But even though she is pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies, Bryant, 42, said she has no desire to step to the pulpit in a mixed-gender worship assembly.

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“I would never get up in a formal worship service and preach, and I would never get up and pray, because I do believe that 1 Timothy prohibits that,” she said. “But I don’t think that takes away from our role of being evangelistic or being a teacher or being the best Christian that I can be.”

In 1 Timothy 2:11-12 (New International Version), the apostle Paul writes, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.”

Bryant’s husband, Dewayne, serves as the evangelist for the New York Avenue Church of Christ, a 300-member congregation in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Besides homeschooling her daughters — who range in age from 6 to 16 — Christa Bryant stays busy with her own online coursework.

This semester, she’s studying biblical interpretation and hermeneutics through the Kearley Graduate School of Theology at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.

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This story appears in the March edition of The Christian Chronicle. 

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