Partnering In The Body Of Christ For Unity In Mission

Partnering In The Body Of Christ For Unity In Mission

DAY 3 OF 5

Men and Women in Partnership

Opening Prayer:

Your Scripture affirms that You have created men and women in Your image and gave us dominion over the earth together. Sin entered human life and history through us, man and woman acting together in rebellion against You. Through Your cross, You brought salvation, acceptance and unity to men and women equally. At Pentecost, You poured out Your Spirit of prophecy on all flesh, sons and daughters alike. Women and men are thus equal in creation, in sin, in salvation, and in the Spirit. Amen.


We uphold Lausanne’s historic position: ‘We affirm that the gifts of the Spirit are distributed to all God's people, women and men, and that their partnership in evangelization must be welcomed for the common good.’[1] We acknowledge the enormous and sacrificial contribution that women have made to world mission, ministering to both men and women, from biblical times to the present.

We recognize that there are different views sincerely held by those who seek to be faithful and obedient to Scripture. Some interpret apostolic teaching to imply that women should not teach or preach, or that they may do so but not in sole authority over men. Others interpret the spiritual equality of women, the exercise of the edifying gift of prophecy by women in the New Testament church, and their hosting of churches in their homes, as implying that the spiritual gifts of leading and teaching may be received and exercised in ministry by both women and men. We call upon those on different sides of the argument to

  1. accept one another without condemnation in relation to matters of dispute, for while we may disagree, we have no grounds for division, destructive speaking, or ungodly hostility towards one another.
  2. study Scripture carefully together, with due regard for the context and culture of the original authors and contemporary readers.
  3. recognize that where there is genuine pain we must show compassion; where there is injustice and lack of integrity we must stand against them; and where there is resistance to the manifest work of the Holy Spirit in any sister or brother we must repent.
  4. commit ourselves to a pattern of ministry, male and female, that reflects the servanthood of Jesus Christ, not worldly striving for power and status.

Closing Prayer:

All of us, women and men, married and single, are responsible to employ Your gifts for the benefit of others, as stewards of Your grace, and for Your praise and glory. All of us, therefore, are also responsible to enable all Your people to exercise all the gifts that You have given for all the areas of service to which You call Your church. We should not quench the Spirit by despising the ministry of any. Further, we are determined to see ministry within Your body as a gifting and responsibility in which we are called to serve, and not as a status and right that we demand. We pray for churches to acknowledge godly women who teach and model what is good, as Paul commanded, and to open wider doors of opportunity for women in education, service, and leadership, particularly in contexts where the gospel challenges unjust cultural traditions. We pray that women should not be hindered from exercising Your gifts or following Your call on their lives. Amen.

Ask God to pour out His Spirit to stir us with a vision for Christ-like leaders for every church and sector.

[1] The Manila Manifesto, Affirmation 14

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Partnering In The Body Of Christ For Unity In Mission

Jesus prays for His church to be one in unity, working together to achieve the goal of world evangelization. Global mission today needs men and women in partnership for the gospel, innovative collaboration through theolo...

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