At this year’s general assembly of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada a document prepared by the Board of Directors was released entitled: “Discussion of Ordination and Licensing as it pertains to the possibility of Ordination of Women in The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada”
The role of women in ministry within the Alliance has been a bit of a thorny one over the past couple of decades as forces within and without the denomination seek change from the practice of limiting women to a non-ordained status and keeping them outside of the role of senior pastor.
In this document most significantly the Board of Directors state that there is nothing in Alliance policy that prevents a local church board from hiring a woman as a senior pastor for the policy does not require a senior pastor to be ordained. In essence they have communicated that churches, should they wish to, may hire women as senior pastors – a decision I applaud.
While the document stops short of stating that women should be ordained the Alliance did vote to allow ordination of women – good decision.
I am guessing only Alliance nerds will read this but that is ok…it does have broader implications within the context of women in ministry within the broader church body however and bears looking at if this is an area of interest to you.