When 25 years of scholarly hermeneutics and prayerful study, debate and dialogue have provided no single answer, surely this is evidence that scripture does not prescribe who may or may not serve communities of Christian believers in pastoral ministry roles. This does not surprise me, since roles and structures in these communities were evolving throughout the time the gospels and epistles were being written, and for 100s of years thereafter. The lack of clarity suggests that Christian communities are free under grace to choose what roles and structures best suit their ministry context, and who may occupy those roles.
Only the individual who feels the pull of a vocational call to pastoral ministry can judge the strength and rightness of that call, through study, prayer and appropriate mentoring.
Father, please grant women of the LCANZ who feel such a call the opportunity to test their calling within the community that has welcomed them in baptism and to your table. Amen

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