Should Women Teach Theology to Other Women?

by Dale Partridge

Can women read their Bible? Can women study theology? They must. But how they learn that theology and by who is at the heart of this important two-part series.

We are witnessing a concerning trend where more and more women are taking on the task of providing theological shepherding exclusively for other women, from women’s theology conferences and workshops to female-focused podcasts and video courses dealing with systematics, soteriology, eschatology, and other vital doctrines. Furthermore, there is an alarming increase in women who actually prefer to receive their theological teachings from other women and not men.

In this episode of Real Christianity, pastor Dale Partridge seeks to answer an important question… Should women teach theology to other women? Namely, is the biblical ideal that women instruct other women in their theological development? If not, what is the ideal?

After completing this episode, be sure to listen to Part #2, which offers clarity on the content of Part #1 as well as a Q&A covering common misunderstandings and practical implementation.

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Scripture References

  • Titus 1:9

    “hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”

  • 1 Corinthians 11:3

    “I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”

  • 1 Timothy 2:11-14

    “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.”

  • 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

    “The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.”

  • Ephesians 6:4

    “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

  • Ephesians 5:24-27

    “But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”

  • Hebrews 13:17

    “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

  • Acts 20:28

    “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”

  • 1 Timothy 2:14

    “it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.”

  • Titus 2:3-5

    “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”

  • 1 Corinthians 14:35

    “If women desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church.”

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