There is need for the Church worldwide to embrace the emergency of women church leaders, says Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) general secretary, Reverend Suzanne Matale.
Rev Matale said because time has come for women to take up greater roles and responsibilities in the work of God, it was important they were given high positions in church.
She said the approval of women bishops by the Anglican Church in England was a welcome decision that would see the spreading of gospel worldwide.
“The Council of Churches in Zambia has welcomed the decision of the Church of England at its General Synod meeting recently held in York, England, to appoint women bishops and this decision comes 20 years after the church commenced ordaining women as priests,” she said.
Rev Matale said such a momentous action could be described as progressive and recognition that women have great potential and resilience.
She said there was an impact on the growth of the body of Christ in the world when both women and men worked together as partners in churches.
“When women and men work as partners the impact on the growth of the body of Christ in the world is enhanced, and we look forward to the appointment of the first woman bishop of the Church by the end of this year as has been promised,” she said.
Rev Matale said the church was encouraging more women to answer their calling without reservations so as to fulfill God’s message of justice, love, joy and peace in the world by all of God’s people.
She said it was also important to support women for the church because they had a greater role in influencing their families to take responsibilities in the work of God.