Dear sisters and brothers,

In the past, the Teachers Service Team has written papers on biblical viewpoints addressing controversial topics that we are faced with in our contemporary society. At this time the Teachers Service Team is collaborating on a project discussing the role of women in the church. We know that many have pressing questions, for example, on the difficult Bible passages relating to the public role of women in the church. We are conducting in-depth biblical exegesis on the pertinent passages.

Some of the scriptures on this topic are difficult to interpret and the volume of scholarly literature on these passages is massive. We want to explore the topic carefully, so we are hopeful that the completion of this project will occur in 2020.

We recognize that there are many discussions happening on this subject in various places. The best of today’s scholars have not been able to reach a consensus, therefore we would caution any who believe they can determine a global and definitive practice on this culturally sensitive issue.

We want to encourage healthy dialogue. While we don’t expect to have a definitive position on this delicate subject, we plan to identify biblically sound principles and provide culturally sensitive resources for you to continue to study and discuss this topic from an informed perspective.

We are excited about the possibilities that this discussion will generate. We look for the Spirit’s guidance in this process. We ask for your prayers.

In the meantime, the goal for all of us is to be considerate of each other as we express our opinions and convictions. As Paul notes,

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister… If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat [i.e., practice], you are no longer acting in love… Let us, therefore, make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. (Romans 14:131519)”

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