Why Men Shouldn’t Be Ordained

For those of you who don’t know, I am part of a Christian denomination known as the “Church of the Nazarene.” While, like all man-made religious institutions, it has its flaws and imperfections, I love the Nazarene church. I am proud to be part of her rich tradition of compassion and missional thinking.  One specific aspect of our doctrine (among many) that I love is our practice of ordaining both women and men, to full-time vocational ministry. The Nazarene makes no distinction between men and women; both can be called, and both can lead a congregation.

I came across this list at the blog of Thomas J. Oord, a respected professor of theology at Northwest Nazarene University. This is a serious debate, and I recognize these aren’t serious points, but I think the spirit of the list is evident.  This list is meant to be humorous and provoke thought and discussion about the validity of the most often used objections. When the reasons are flipped, men can see and feel how it feels to be on the wrong side of the “line.” You can check out the original post, here.



Ten Reasons Men Should Not be Ordained Pastors

10. A man’s place is in the army.

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.

5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.

4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, change the oil in the church vans, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.


9 thoughts on “Why Men Shouldn’t Be Ordained

      • Quite well. Well received by the congregation at any rate. I had the fortune or misfortune of having about 200 people including 6 ordained pastors and one fellow trainee in the congregation, so I had a good critical group to provide a review of it. I also learned the one thing I hadn’t been warned about – preaching is exhausting – not the prep, actually delivering the sermon.

      • Absolutely true! I never understood why my dad slept every single Sunday afternoon, until i started doing some preaching…then i understood. Glad to hear all went well!!

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