MC500 10/26

I am curious about the roles of women in leadership as the church moved toward a more structured setting.  It is understandable and probably unavoidable that as the church grew, there would be a need for greater structure.  But I don’t understand why the structure was necessarily patriarchical.  If women had a strong presence in leadership in the early, more charismatic church, why wouldn’t they have an equal presence during the formation of a structured church?  The only thing I can come up with, is that it must have been the effects the Roman culture had on the church. 

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