- Is it okay for a woman to use the copier to make copies of the bulletin for handing out on Sunday morning?
- Is it okay for a woman to be the collector of items for the bulletin (contact point for announcements/events, articles to be printed, who's preaching when, etc)?
- Is it okay for a woman to be the producer/editor/printer of the bulletin?
- Is it okay for a woman to run the sound system?
- Is it okay for a woman to run the A/V recording system?
- Is it okay for a woman to make the sermon recordings available on the church web site?
- Is it okay for a woman to run the church web site? to handle the mechanics of domain registration / web site building/maintenance / publishing of material on the web site / creation of original material for web publication?
- Is it okay for a woman to prepare the bread and cup for Sunday's Lord's Supper? to clean up / clean the utensils / pick up the empty cups afterwards?
- Is it okay for a woman to get up from her seat to cross the aisle to pass the plate if the assigned server overlooks it?
- It is okay for a woman to count the collection and deposit it in the bank and keep the financial records?
- Is it okay for a woman to do the weekly head-count, and maintain the attendance records?
- Is it okay for a woman to participate in the serving of a regular meal during a fellowship meal, perhaps by going table-to-table with tea/Kool-aid refills, or by dispensing yummy hot-buttered rolls?
- Is it okay for a woman to participate in the serving of the Lord's Supper, perhaps by going pew-to-pew with the fruit of the vine cups, or serving the bread?
There is room to discuss if these sorts of things result in a woman usurping authority (if an elder asks a woman to do Task X, is she usurping authority if she complies? if she refuses?) or in teaching a man (is she teaching a man if she writes a web article? if she writes a song that gets included in our hymnals 50 years later?), but we shouldn't just knee-jerk react against, without prayerful consideration, a woman filling these roles.
Originally published at: http://kentwest.blogspot.com/2016/10/questions-about-possible-roles-for-women.html