I’m going to put all the questions we received at The Deborah Project up, so people can see them. These were the questions asked in the Question and Answer session with Brother and Sister Bernard. Do you have more questions? If so, post them in the comments. I’m going to keep a running list of all of the questions we have for future conferences and women in ministry sessions.
1. When it comes to ministry if a woman is called to minister is it possible for the husband to follow her and she be the head of the ministry?
2. How do you balance life, family, and ministry?
3. Could you please clarify the usage of authority in I Timothy 2:11-12
4. Do you think the church is really fulfilling the purpose God intended? If so, what are some improvements we can make?
5. If marriage is a partnership, why did you say men are the leaders of the home?
6. There are gifts that may be more prevalent in ladies in ministry such as a burden to meet social need (for homeless, broken families). Does the UPCI have a vision to create intentional UPCI national/state ministries geared to social ministries beyond our current departments?
7. I feel a call to preach and many times I am told I’m too aggressive for a woman and too opinionated. How do I deal with comments like these?
8. When is getting a license necessary?
9. There are positions in the UPCI which women cannot hold. Will this or should this change?
10. What is the best way to support your husband/wife who is in the ministry?
11. How do you know when your calling is really your calling?
12. How do you encourage your spouse who does not know what their calling is when you feel a calling in your life?
13. How does a woman with a “sinful” past acquire the respect to stand in front of people and teach? (Sometimes people bring up the past of women more often to substantiate or discredit the ministry of a woman)
14. Do you think one ministry is more important than another?
15. How can we change our correspondence to reflect our view of women in ministry? For example, letters addressed to ministers and their “spouses.”
16. When you have faced an abusive childhood, how can you feel worthy to be anointed by God almighty?
17. D. Bernard: What made you decide to campaign for this change for women to be licensed?
18. D. Bernard: How did you propose to Sister Bernard?
19. D. Bernard: What was it like growing up on the missions field? What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages?
20. How does a younger female in leadership deal with an older generation who may not agree?
21. C. Bernard: How do you answer the accuser when he reminds you of sin and God has called you to directly confront that sin in society and in yourself? Current struggles, I mean, not things you have conquered in the past. Also, how would you encourage yourself?
22. D. Bernard: For someone who wants to start a ministry which could go worldwide, what kind of support would the UPCI give them?
23. What if we don’t know what our calling is yet?
24. Was there ever a time you had to overcome a personal spiritual fear, or a time when it required you to be bold and how did that unravel?
25. Should a woman get her license even if she does not feel called to speak?
26. What are some appropriate ways for a woman to pray for a man and vice versa?
27. As a youth leader’s wife, what is an appropriate way to approach standards with the young ladies in the youth group?
28. If a woman is called to preach or evangelize, should she tell or advertise OR let the doors be opened?
29. Is it possible for someone to have a calling in two different ministries?