What roles can women serve in congregations?
We encourage women to participate in all areas of congregational life. Locally, each congregation
can determine how it desires to govern itself. Nationally, we have the Joint Council which
functions as the oversight board between National Conventions. While we do not ordain women
as pastors, women may serve on the council or as voting delegates. The only exception concerns
the definition of “elder”; that is, if the elders of the congregation function in specific areas of the
pastoral office, then it would be restricted to men.