Women in Church Leadership

by hamiltonmj1983

This won’t be a post arguing for or against females in leadership roles in the Church. If you know me, you know where I obviously stand.

This post is celebrating an event that happened a couple of months ago (and I feel like a terrible person for not posting about it until now!). On October 13th, Abingdon United Methodist Church (in Abingdon, VA) celebrated their 230th anniversary. For the event, they invited the Bishop of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church (covers all of east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, a little bit of Georgia, and there is one church that sits on the NC state line!). The District Superintendent of the Abingdon District, and the two pastors of Abingdon UMC were also present.

The really cool thing about this? All the above are women. This is the first time, as far as I know, that there has been a female Bishop, female DS, and two female pastors leading a Church service together.

Check out this link for the story!

Here is a picture of these four amazing Church leaders (for the sake of full disclosure, the one on the far right is my wife, Reverend Liz Hamilton):