Women and Church Eldership

25.THE MANY APPROVED LABOURS OF WOMEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

Now outside of a congregation's worship services, there are PLENTY of wonderful and God-pleasing opportunities for elect ladies to work for the Lord. Thus, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome were privileged to tell the Apostles that Jesus had risen from the dead, even though not those women but only the all-male Apostles and their male ordinands themselves were to preach the Gospel and to administer the Sacrament of Baptism. Mark 16:1,7-10,13-16 cf. Matt. 28:1,7,16-19.

Again, Aquila and his wife Priscilla invited the mighty Preacher Apollo out of the synagogue and into their own home — where they both explained (exethento) the Christian religion to him more acutely. Acts 18:26. Too, the godly women Euodia and Syntyche laboured together in the Gospel (en tooi Euangeliooi suneethleesan) with Paul and with Clement and with others. Phil. 4:3.