The Role of Women in the Church

by Charles Ryrie     |     Book Summary


Author: Charles Ryrie
Publisher: B&H Academic
Date: October 1, 2011 (Original: 1958)
Pages: 272

Book Summary of The Role of Women in the Church by Charles Ryrie


The role of women in the church may be a hot-button issue in today’s evangelical landscape, but it is an important one to consider. Dangers exist in both demeaning women or in utilizing women in ministry in ways the Bible would not condone. Either error is a danger to both women and to the church. 

In The Role of Women in the Church, Charles Ryrie seeks to navigate the biblical teaching on the role of women. He starts from the premise that the Scriptures are the Word of God and thus authoritative and sufficient to help readers understand these issues properly. 

The book is divided into three main sections:

  1. Chapters 2-5 cover the role of women in the ministry of Jesus.
  2. Chapters 6-8 examine the Apostles’ understanding of the role of women in the early church. 
  3. Chapters 9-12 look at the church from the time period immediately after the Apostles through the third century. 

Thus, Ryrie seeks to use both exegesis and early church history to present a view of women in ministry that he believes both honors the Lord and upholds the dignity of women.





The Role of Women in the Church

by Charles Ryrie

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of The Role of Women in the Church by Charles Ryrie

AuthorCharles Ryrie
PublisherB&H Academic
DateOctober 1, 2011 (Original: 1958)
Pages272


Overview:

The role of women in the church may be a hot-button issue in today’s evangelical landscape, but it is an important one to consider. Dangers exist in both demeaning women or in utilizing women in ministry in ways the Bible would not condone. Either error is a danger to both women and to the church. 

In The Role of Women in the Church, Charles Ryrie seeks to navigate the biblical teaching on the role of women. He starts from the premise that the Scriptures are the Word of God and thus authoritative and sufficient to help readers understand these issues properly. 

The book is divided into three main sections:

  1. Chapters 2-5 cover the role of women in the ministry of Jesus.
  2. Chapters 6-8 examine the Apostles’ understanding of the role of women in the early church. 
  3. Chapters 9-12 look at the church from the time period immediately after the Apostles through the third century. 

Thus, Ryrie seeks to use both exegesis and early church history to present a view of women in ministry that he believes both honors the Lord and upholds the dignity of women.