Division over women reverends

By Drum Digital
07 January 2015

There are people in the synod that pray a woman never stands at the pulpit.

The Reformed Church in South Africa is divided over whether women should minister in the church, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

" And so are there people that pray that a woman does stand there," Reverend Sarel Cilliers, from the Waterberg congregation, was quoted as saying.

The church's synod was meeting in Potchefstroom to discuss matters of the church.

After a previous sitting in 2012, a report was written on essential and non-essential matters in the church, Beeld reported.

The report was tabled at the synod on Tuesday.

According to Reverend Douw Breed, chairman of the synod sitting until January 15, non-essential matters were not less important, but rather matters which the different churches could decide over themselves.

Breed said the matter of whether women could be at the helm of a church should be decided at the synod or be referred to a smaller synod.

Source: Sapa

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