“It is not always men who are best adapted to the successful management of a church.” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 36)

“The refining, softening influence of Christian women is needed in the great work of preaching the truth.” (Review and Herald, Jan. 2, 1879)

“It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit of God that prepares workers, both men and women, to become pastors to the flock of God.” (Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 322) [See detailed word study of “pastor” and “minister” in EGW’s writings.]

“There are women who should labor in the gospel ministry.” (Manuscript 43a, 1898)

“The Lord desires His ministering servants to occupy a place worthy of the highest consideration. In the mind of God, the ministry of men and women existed before the world was created.” (M.R. 18, p. 380, 1891)

“Women …. should be set apart … by prayer and laying on of hands.” (Review and Herald, July 9, 1895)

“When God created Eve, He designed that she should possess neither inferiority nor superiority to the man, but that in all things she should be his equal.” (Testimonies, 3:484)

“When God specially calls your wife to the work of teaching the truth, … God may give you both, as possessing an equal interest in and devotion to the work, equal qualifications to act a prominent part in the most solemn work of saving souls.” (Testimonies, 1:710)

“When a great and decisive work is to be done, God chooses men and women to do this work, and it will feel the loss if the talents of both are not combined.” (Letter 77, 1898; Evangelism, 469)

“Young men and young women who should be engaged in the ministry … should not be bound down to mechanical employment. … Some will be trained to enter the field as missionary nurses, some as canvassers, and some as gospel ministers.” (Testimonies vol. 8, p. 229-230)

“If men and women would act as the Lord’s helping hand, … the glory of the Lord would be their rearguard… Of those who act as His helping hand the Lord says, ‘Ye shall be named priests of the Lord; men shall call you the ministers of our God.’” (Manuscript of Jan. 17, 1901)

“There should be selected for the work wise, consecrated men who can do a good work in reaching souls. Women also should be chosen who can present the truth in a clear, intelligent, straightforward manner… We need as workers men and women who understand the reasons of our faith and who realize the work to be done in communicating truth….” (Evangelism 472)

“Missionary work—introducing our publications into families, conversing, and praying with and for them—is a good work and one which will educate men and women to do pastoral labor.” (Testimonies vol. 4, p. 390)

“At this time God’s cause is in need of men and women who possess rare qualifications and good administrative powers … who strive to uplift and restore fallen humanity.” (Testimonies vol. 7, p. 249)

“God’s cause at this time is in special need of men and women who possess Christlike qualifications for service, executive ability, and … striving constantly to uplift and restore fallen humanity.” (M.R. 2, p. 88.)

“Make no mistake in neglecting to correct the error of giving ministers less [salary] than they should receive…. The tithe should go to [pay] those who labor in word and doctrine, be they men or women.” (M.R. 1, p. 263)

“[M]y sister… [a]ddress the crowd whenever you can…. Every man and every woman has a work to do for the Master.” (Evangelism 473)

“I [Sister White] ask not permission to take the desk [pulpit] in the tabernacle. I take it as my rightful position accorded me of God.” (Manuscript 30, June 1889)

“Women who have the cause of God at heart can do a good work in the districts in which they reside. Christ speaks of women who helped Him in presenting the truth before others, and Paul also speaks of women who labored with him in the gospel. But how very limited is the work done by those who could do a large work if they would.” (Evangelism 465)

“Study the Scriptures for further light on this point [women in ministry]. Women were among Christ’s devoted followers in the days of His ministry, and Paul makes mention of certain women who were helpers together with him in the gospel (see Phil. 4:2-3).” (Letter 142, 1909; Manuscript Releases, Vol. 12, pp. 166-167).

“The Lord has a work for women as well as for men to do…. Paul in his letters to the churches makes mention of women who were laborers with him in the gospel…. All who are ordained unto the life of Christ are ordained to work for the salvation of their fellow-men.” (EGW, N.P. Union Gleaner, Dec. 4, 1907)

“It is wholehearted, thoroughly decided men and women who will stand now. Christ sifted His followers again and again, until at one time there remained only eleven and a few faithful women to lay the foundation of the Christian church.” (Testimonies, 5:130)

But “Christ, not the minister, is the head of the church.” (The Signs of the Times, Jan. 27, 1890)

“We cannot then take a position that the unity of the church consists in viewing every text of Scripture in the very same light.” (Manuscript Releases, Vol. 11, p. 266). Rather, “The secret of unity is … equality of believers in Christ.” (1 Selected Messages 259)

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