Nashville Pastor's Future In Question After Licensing Women Ministers

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Nashville Pastor's Future In Question After Licensing Women Ministers

CREATED Jun 26, 2014
by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn - A Mid-State pastor may have to fight to continue leading his congregation after being called into question for allowing women to be church leaders.

Pastor Frank Stevenson said St. Luke's Primitive Baptist Church has had a "don't ask, don't tell policy" towards women in the ministry for years.

Its decision to allow women to be licensed ministers was bucking more than 100 years of tradition.

Pastor Stevenson said that's apparently not sitting well with denomination leaders.

Pastors and elders within the Cumberland Association of Primitive Baptist Churches held a meeting Thursday night to discuss the matter.

Stevenson said the rule barring women from serving is nothing more than a tradition and not rooted in scripture.

"I was actually preparing for this before we licensed the ministers," he said. "I knew that there were some that would again hold to tradition versus the spirit of God. So we had already been praying and looking at all the avenues and aspects that we needed to address this very biased way of trying to orchestrate ministry."

Pastor Stevenson said that the situation has been referred to a committee within the Cumberland Association and it will take a few weeks to make some sort of decision.

Stevenson said that decision will likely be on his future as pastor.

The church association wouldn't comment but to say they would send a statement when they felt something was newsworthy.

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