“The debate over women pastors is a Southern Baptist smoke screen,” Levens writes for Religion News Service

Levens with graduate Kelly Hale at BSK’s 2021 commencement ceremony.

Dr. Laura R. Levens, Assistant Professor of Christian Mission at BSK, recently wrote an article for Religion News Service entitled, “The debate over women pastors is a Southern Baptist smoke screen.” Levens writes,

“Supporting women’s ordination in theory absolves no one of doing the hard work to shape church communities so that they welcome and sustain women leaders; many churches that vocally defend women in ministry rarely employ these women as their pastors. Nor does supporting women acquit any church of the oppression of others whose callings have been restricted or denied. We need to confront the evidence of patriarchy and racism in us and move to seek justice as we work in our callings.”