I always hear people say that N.T. Wright is an egalitarian. But is that true? I am not convinced and I think that this whole debate (complimentarian/egalitarian) of “Women in the Ministry” is framed wrong from the get-go. I think the wrong question is being asked and I know no one who would deny (completely) “women in the ministry”.
People don’t talk about these things with enough precision. The issue is not “Women in the Ministry”. When some reject “Women in the Ministry” they obligate others to affirm “Women in the Ministry”, as Wright does above. But this whole way of talking about the subject is off base I believe. Because the issue is not “Women in the Ministry” since, to use Wright’s cynical example above, even making the tea after the worship service is “a ministry”. If a woman does it, she is “in the ministry” – and everyone, even a chauvinist, would agree to that.
The real issue needs greater precision: are there certain minstry rolls reserved for only men, and if so, why? Even Wright above says (affirmingly) that “Paul does not believe in a unisex ministry”. That is a very “complimentarian” thing to say!