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After John Piper Interview on Women (Not) Pastoring, Twitter User Inspires Christians to Name Christian Women Teachers and Leaders

After John Piper Interview on Women (Not) Pastoring, Twitter User Inspires Christians to Name Christian Women Teachers and Leaders

In a recent question-and-answer segment with John Piper posted on, Piper spoke about his beliefs on women teaching in seminary and, relatedly, being pastors themselves.

Piper was answering a question from a seminary student who essentially wanted to know if women should be seminary professors on the complementarian understanding that lays out gender roles in relationships and in church leadership.

Piper initially says:


That’s my belief about what makes for the best seminary teaching. When a student with the pastoral call arrives at the level of seminary preparation, something is different from what was happening in college education and high school education (at least, usually it is). Not only has he moved beyond the adolescent years of transition from boyhood to manhood, but he is now submitting himself to a community of teachers who, by their precept and example, are called to shape his mind and his heart for vocational pastoral ministry.


He continues, with the crux of his response being:


If it is unbiblical to have women as pastors, how can it be biblical to have women who function in formal teaching and mentoring capacities to train and fit pastors for the very calling from which the mentors themselves are excluded? I don’t think that works. The issue is always that inconsistency. If you strive to carve up teaching in such a way that it’s suitable for women, it ceases to be suitable as seminary teaching.

So a closing word. The issue, as always, is not the competence of women teachers or intelligence or knowledge or pedagogical skill. It’s never competence! That’s not the issue in the home or in leadership. It’s not the issue in church leadership. It’s not the issue in seminary leadership.


Obviously, these comments incited some controversy in the Christian community. Twitter user Kaitlin Curtice took to Twitter in response.

She then put out a call to action for men to point out some women who have positively affected men’s theology, and the responses did not disappoint, referencing women both famous and not, familial and not, who shaped them and continue to lead them.

If your timeline feels a little light on women leaders in the Church, Curtice’s mentions will have some ideas for new people to follow.

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