“What do you think of women leaders? pastors?”
In our culture it is not popular to speak or even think anything different than the popular ideology of the day. With the changes incorporated by the feminist movement over the last few decades it is highly detestable to think that women should not fulfill the exact same functions or positions as men. However, that is exactly what the bible teaches about the roles of men vs. women.
Its important to note that there is not a competition between women and men as to who is better. If you will imagine a sports car and a pickup truck standing side by side, and I came up to you and asked “which one is better?” what would you pick as the “winner”? Neither, because they serve two different objectives. It is the same with women and men.
They are both equal in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:28,) yet they both have different functions in life. Paul said women shouldn’t be in charge over men or teach over men (1 Timothy 2:12). That does not imply that they worse or incomplete, it just means women were created for something other than to be the lead pastor/teacher of a church or the leader of the family (Ephesians 5:22, Colossians 3:18-19, Titus 2:3-5, 1 Peter 3:1-7).
There are, however, biblical cases of women doing ministry under male authority, such as Phoebe (Romans 16:1-2). Some examples of good ministries that women can be involved in includes teaching other women and children, taking care of others, encouraging, church office work, administrative work, writing, helping and praying. You can add anything else to this list as long as women are not given charge over men. It is not uncommon for a pastors wife to assist her husband in the ministry, which is completely fine, provided she is submissive to her husband.
In today’s world there are many women pastors in the church. The reason for this is not always because the women involved are headstrong or rebellious but usually due to the lack of adequate leadership from men. At times women have to fulfill roles that men have fallen from. As men rise up to take their proper place in a church we hope to find that godly women will gladly serve under male eldership. We should pray that God will raise a generation of men who will fulfill His calling and serve as leaders.
For more information on this topic there is a free book Pastor John Piper and Wayne Grudem have put together, you can access it here.