Hierarchy and Gender

The Salvation Army ranks their ordained workers with military ranks.

My great great grandparents were officers in the Salvation Army in the 19th century. But my great great grandmother was a Captain and my great great grandfather was a lieutenant.

This is one of the reasons why I find it difficult when people make claims about evangelical egalitarians being rooted in the feminist movement of the 20th century.

Anyway, I’ll get back to studying Greek now.

4 thoughts on “Hierarchy and Gender

  1. “This is one of the reasons why I find it difficult when people make claims about evangelical egalitarians being rooted in the feminist movement of the 20th century.”

    I agree. They also fail to take account of the Pentecostal movement. I think even Methodism might have been more Egalitarian as well early on.

    Bryan L

  2. Do you mean Cpt Heather? I’m not familiar with her, but currently married officers are supposed to have the same rank. Maybe it was different then. Unfortunately, while Salvation claims equality, having worked with them has shown me they don’t practice it. This demonstrates is that inequality is a temptation but equality (or “equal opportunity” to be technical) is challenging.

    The Free Methodist Church was ordaining women in the 1860s, the same time the Salvation Army started over the pond. The Methodist Church, later United Methodist, didn’t start ’til later.

    The Orthodox Church has had women deacons for, well, since Lydia.

  3. Jon: Its entirely possible that they had the same rank when they were married – the big orange poster lists their names and ranks before they married.

    Practicing equality can be difficult. We are all sinners after all.

    And don’t forget the apostle Junia.

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