As everybody is aware, starting about 50 years ago females begin to assume pastoral roles; primarily in the Mainline denominations. At least part of it had to do with a decreasing number of men going through the Mainline seminaries and being willing to take positions as pastors in small churches that paid poorly. Part of it had to do with ongoing march of feminism through the academic institutions.
Now the backstory:
I'm at this older downtown Mainline Church for a concert the other day. The concert was not a part of the church program, it was simply being held at that venue.
Before the music starts, this young, quite attractive [ 30? ] lady gets up and introduces herself as the pastor. I had to smile/groan. This church isn't going to make it for 3 reasons.
Here's my 3 points.
1] I believe Scripture does not ever support women as shepherd/pastors/elders. Encough said about that however.
2] Can a woman actually successfully shepherd a church full of men and women? I would say no.
It's probably quite obvious, I'm not a male feminist, I think feminism is terrible for females.
So, could I survive/thrive in a church that has called a female to shepherd me? No - obviously not. If a female pastor was voted in, I would exit.
But then my next question is this.
Am I actually a significant outlier OR is the factual reality this; generally men refuse to be shepherded by women if they have any choice.
[ Obviously your job may requires that you work under a female - so be it. Suck it up or find another job. ]
But a church is a volunteer organization where one does not have to attend and people come and go, church shop if you will, on a frequent basis. If a woman is installed as pastor will men be more likely to drift away from the church and secondly, will a female pastor attract new male membership?
My gut feeling says a] men will drift away, b] new men will not be attracted but some will attend on an irregular basis - UNLESS THEY ACQUIRE POWER at which point they may stay.
Like numerous radical feminists; I believe you can't ever actually remove the masculinity from the man. A guy can tell you all he wants that he's a feminist; but when push comes to shove he acts just like a typical male - wanting to be in charge. Recent readings suggests a number of radical feminists actually LOATHE the supposed male feminists.
To be a successful pastor over the long haul, requires that you win significant battles with the powers that be. Women are less equipped to win significant battles with men.