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In the Anglican Church, the seemingly endless debate on first women priest and lately women bishops has perhaps clouded the public perception of Christians in general. While giving a premise for the comedy series “The Vicar of Dibley”, the majority of people still think that the Church is largely irrelevant despite it’s attempt to get up to date.


Many independent christian fellowships in the UK have gone down the route of having women elders … while ignoring the outline of the role given by Paul to Timothy. Some have tried to manufacture a compromise position whereby married couples become eldership teams with both Husband and Wife becoming church elders.


Why has the church travelled down the road of equality decades after the rest of society? Was the Church wrong in the past? Does the church blame Paul for being too paternalistic?

Is it the Holy Spirit who is leading and guiding? Or is it the spirit of the age we live in?