And I do really hope that this discussion is fruitful.
The Associated Baptist Press recently reported that the number of Baptist female pastors and co-pastors has grown by a third since 2005. Still, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Baptist body, teaches that women are prohibited from serving as pastors, and many Baptist organizations still favor all-male leadership.
“In the African American churches, it is very strongly said that women should not pastor or even do ministry,” said Ogletree.
Of course, each Baptist congregation is autonomous and can decide for itself whether to ordain women; that’s good side to being part of the Free Church tradition.