These days, it is becoming increasingly commonplace to see women pastors and preachers like Jasmine
Sculark, Paula White, Cindy Trimm, and Joyce Meyer go forth in ministry. But not everyone agrees that they
A Nashville pastor is in scorching hot water with his denomination after licensing multiple women in his
According to Nashville News Channel 5, Pastor Frank Stevenson of St. Luke's Primitive Baptist Church is
bucking more than 100 years of tradition with his perceived radical actions. In his denomination, women are not
permitted to be licensed leaders in the church. Thus, he is defying the laws of his organization.
The blowup is causing some to question whether it is a primitive notion—no pun intended—that women should
not be given authority by the church to lead.
Stevenson apparently thinks so and consequently, has chosen to overturn tradition, knowing full well he would
receive major backlash.
"I was actually preparing for this before we licensed the ministers," he told the news. "I knew that there were
some that would again hold to tradition versus the spirit of God. So we had already been praying and looking at
all the avenues and aspects that we needed to address this very biased way of trying to orchestrate ministry."
Whatever the progressive leader's thoughts on the issue, he has to answer to the Cumberland Association of
Primitive Baptist Churches who held a meeting Thursday, June 26 regarding his fate as pastor.
Reportedly the decision will be handed down in a few weeks.
For now, despite the fact that Stevenson's church members “overwhelmingly support” the move, he must wait to
see what will ultimately happen.
What is clear, is that there isn’t nearly a denomination-wide consensus on the issue.
How Primitive: Nashville Pastor Under Fire For Licensing
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