“At the outset not much can be said with certainty on the matter, but it can be said with confidence that the topic of women in the church is complex, volatile, and unavoidable.” – Carroll Osborne
Any time you have a discussion on these issues they have to be done with a couple of ground rules:
1 – They must be done with grace.
2 – We start with an understanding that we will not all arrive at the same conclusions on all the passages and issues.
3 – Know your elders. If your elders really are shepherds then you will be able to trust that they are dealing with the congregation to the best of their ability.
4 – Openness to letting what we find in scripture change our thinking rather than trying to make the Bible fit our traditions and preconceived ideas.