I’m introducing our sister Phoebe to you, who is a servant[a] of the church in Cenchreae. 2 Welcome her in the Lord in a way that is worthy of God’s people, and give her whatever she needs from you, because she herself has been a sponsor of many people, myself included. (CEB)
More importantly, Paul puts to lie the very notion of segregating women off into their own spheres of ministry to be overseen by men—the portion of ministry that has been offered to women, versus what I have to believe is rightfully and Biblically theirs—that deaconess’s portion of ministry has for centuries been woefully inadequate.
May it be so. Amen.