Question: What is your opinion of women teaching in the church, say an adult mixed Sunday School class? I think some people get the impression, supposedly from the Bible, that women are to remain quiet in church. Also, what about women pastors?"
Answer: Opinions don't matter. What does God say IN THE BIBLE about this? In 1 Timothy and Titus, God gives some guidelines for behavior in the church (1 Timothy 3:15). One of the guidelines is that the woman is not to teach the man nor to "usurp" the man's authority to teach in the church. (1 Timothy 2:11,12). To "usurp" something is to take a position that is not yours. I believe Sunday School is a part of the church, and an adult man is a man. According to 1 Timothy 2:11,12, a woman should not teach this class.
Further, a "bishop" or pastor must be "the husband of one wife" (1 Timothy 3:2). This is a male requirement. Deacons must be male. In 1 Timothy 3:1-13, where it gives the requirements for pastors and deacons, note the use of the male pronouns "he," and "his". Note particularly Verse 5, where it says "For if a man". (See also Titus 1:5-9). Where God is specific, He means what He says!
Any woman who claims that God called her to be a pastor, is a liar! She has lied about God. She has lied to herself, and hopes the church will believe her lie also. There are no women preachers ordained of God.
I am sorry to disappoint the ladies; but, the Bible teaches that pastors must be men. A woman in that position is a "usurper," taking something that was not given her by God. They can teach the women and children, NOT adult men. (Titus 2:3-5). I do think the God who wrote the Bible, who sees the past and the future, could foresee the changes in custom of today. Customs may change, but God's Word ... never!
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." - Matthew 24:35
On the positive side, I don't know what we would do without the women of our church. They teach Sunday School, visit the sick, clean, paint, teach ladies' Bible studies and pray. Our potluck suppers are a sight to behold, thanks to the women!