1992 the Church of England General Synod voted to allow women
to be ordained as ‘Priests’ in the Church of England.
The most numerous opposition to this came from anglo-catholics
but many evangelicals also rejected the change. Church Society
was amongst those upholding the traditional line and the Society
took legal action to block the legislation as being beyond the
powers of the General Synod.
These pages seek to explain why the Society continues to maintain
that women should not be presbyters or priests in the Church
of God. In the
Part 1 : The Nature of Christian Leadership
What can we learn from the Bible about the nature of Christian
leadership and how does this relate to Anglican ministry today?
2 : Biblical teaching on gender and ministry – is
it still relevant?
3 : Biblical teaching on gender and ministry – key texts
Some key texts and
how they fit into the message of the Bible as a whole.
Part 4 : Some common objections to the classical evangelical
What about slavery? Head or source? And other objections people
raise to the classical interpretation of scripture.
Part 5 : Responding in the Parish
Resolutions A, B & C. The Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure
provision for opponents and the Episcopal Ministry act of Synod
establishing ‘Flying Bishops’.
6 : Church Society’s legal action
in the past accepted the Bible's teaching
quotes from the early church and reformers.
relevant to this issue.
as Bishops - Introduction & Links
In 2005 the Church of England began to consider whether it should take the next
step and consecrate women as Bishops. The issues related to this are considered
separately, though classical evangelicals consider Bishops to be Presbyters/Priests
with a wider area of ministry, and therefore the theological issues are fundamentally
of articles from Churchman and Cross†Way
Cross†Way 82 : Women Priests
Should Women be Ordained? Cross†Way article (1982) by John Cheeseman.
Judicial Review of the
Priests (Ordination of Women)Measure 1994.
The Episcopal Ministry
Act of Synod Evangelicals
Caught in the Act
Nigel Atkinson argues
why evangelicals opposed to the ordination of women priests should
use flying Bishops
Biblical Perspective on Women's Ministries. Jessica Bowen
outlines what the Bible has to say on women's ministry and discusses
the ways in which women can serve today.
Roman Wives, Roman Widows : The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities - Churchman Review Article by Sharon James.
As Night Follows Day? David Phillips explains why the acceptance of women ministers inevitably leads to acceptance of homosexual practice in the church. Cross†Way article, Autumn 2009.