In short,nothing.However this doesn’t mean scripture ever allows a woman to have authority over a congregation.The scriptures are very clear about the qualifications of the pastor and We will go through them one by one.
I have friends who believe women can hold the office of
pastor,and they tell me about it frequently.The odd thing
is,they never use scripture as authority.They use their
emotions and feelings on the matter.When I show them
scripture,where a man must be pastor,there are always an
abundance of buts.They have even stated,they do not care what Paul say’s,they are going to preach, and pastor anyway.
Scripture has plenty to say on the matter and that is what I
will use in this article.
This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a
bishop, he desireth a good work.
In verse one,We see that desiring to be a bishop(pastor)is a
good work to desire.It is an important role that should
never be taken lightly
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one
wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to
hospitality, apt to teach;
In verse two We see 7 marks of the pastor.
a.Blameless:Not having a bad reputation,someone who
will be able to shepherd without his past being a problem
b.He must be a husband of one wife.Not having more than
one,or having concubines.We will study this in more detail
c.Vigilant:keeping careful watch for possible danger or
difficulties.Able to stop problems before they become
d.Sober:Not only to be sober from abstaining from
alcohol,but being sober-minded in right thinking.
f.Given to hospitality.Treating everyone fairly and with
g.Apt to teach:Being able to teach scripture,and share
wisdom and knowledge with others
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre;
but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
a.Not given to wine.Do not drink alcohol.
b.No striker:Non violent
c.Not greedy of filthy lucre,Love of money more than
e.Not a brawler:peaceable.
f.Not covetous.Not wanting what isn’t his.
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children
in subjection with all gravity;
a.Obedient children with His house under control.
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how
shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into
the condemnation of the devil.
a.Not a novice:Well studied,with experience in Church
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are
without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the
a.Good report:self explanatory
So here in 1 Timothy 3 We see the requirements and
qualifications of being a pastor.Every line was about men
and not women.
The one qualification that rings the loudest is ,He must be
a husband.As We who are followers of Christ
know,women cannot be a husband,and this
Nothing more can be said about the matter.
So the Bible has nothing in the affirmative to say about
women being pastors.Women do have a role in church,but not in authoritative leadership.