Women in Ministry Silenced or Set Free?

“Women in Ministry Silenced or Set Free?” 4 DVD teaching series may be purchased at Amazon.com here or through PayPal on our DVD ordering page here.  Just scroll down to the “add to cart” button near the bottom of the page.

A free video clip can been seen on this page or you can view all of the segment preview clips on youtube.com.  By clicking here you can see all the clips that I have uploaded onto You Tube.  Choose the “Women in Ministry Silenced or Set Free” introduction first to see the first clip.

Below are reviews of “Women in Ministry Silenced or Set Free?”

WIM 3 “Women in Ministry: Silenced or Set Free?” as a whole is a very well produced and presented multi-media teaching series on the legitimacy and freedom of women to be in any ministry that God should call them to. The instructor is knowledgeable, very presentable, and articulate. The series presents serious biblical exegesis and research on a number of texts that are often quoted as evidence that women’s roles and opportunities in ministry are limited. Taken all together I find this series to be very relevant and helpful and therefore cannot be passed off lightly….This series can go a long way to giving women the freedom to pursue ministry as God calls them and to answer the concern and questions of others.

I can recommend MM Outreach ministries and would be privileged to do so.

-Rev. Robert Guthrie, B.Th. M.A. Instructor in Biblical Studies and Church History Vanguard College, Edmonton, Alberta


WIM 3 In a world where many secular societies have seen the equality and value of women in leadership roles, too often religions have been slow to make the same transition. Biblically, Christ “tore down the middle wall of partition” that separated men and women, yet still, many Christian denominations and organizations maintain an error-filled perspective concerning women in ministry. As “Women in Ministry Silenced or Set Free?” clearly exposes the truth of God’s word, each individual who wants balanced instruction in this vital area of teaching will discover that God’s word is not vague nor is it indifferent about the role of women and their God-given ministries.

Those who have felt confused or restrained will find instead great freedom and a sound stance that upholds truth and extends endorsement for all women who choose to serve Christ in leadership and teaching roles.

…(the) series was well-prepared and with good documentation! Well done!

-Pastor Wayne McNeilly/Evangel Pentecostal Assembly, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


WIM 3 The story of creation tells us that both man and woman were made in the image of God. All people are given intrinsic value in the miraculous act of creation, and all people are loved passionately by God, regardless of gender, race, age, education, economics, etc. However, though men and women are equal in value and purpose in God’s eyes, there are passages in the Bible that raise the question of whether or not God limits the roles that are available to women in a local church family. Women in Ministry: Silenced or Set Free examines this question in a thoughtful and persuasive way. Through clear, concise teaching and multimedia, this series provides an excellent presentation of the arguments in favor of a woman’s freedom to serve in all roles of Christian leadership according to God’s leading. Though I disagree with the theological conclusions of this series at several points, I found the series very helpful in understanding the issues involved from a different perspective. Without a doubt, the presentation is offered with tremendous respect, integrity, and grace.

-Dr. Scott Heine, Compass Church, Goodyear, Arizona


WIM 3 Women In Ministry is a well-researched, well-presented series on the role of women in the church today. Cheryl Schatz has done her homework in a very thorough and thought-provoking manner. She brings to our attention the pertinent scriptural teaching that helps us see the freedom women are given by the Lord for leadership in the church and the exercise of their God-given spiritual gifts.

The material is presented in an engaging format. From the very beginning, the viewer is drawn in with excellent graphics and video clips. Cheryl is a gifted Bible teacher.

This series is a must-see for those who seriously want to know what the Bible teaches on the role of women in the church today.

-Rev. Bob Carroll, Church Planting Pastor, The Link Christian Community, Edmonton, Alberta


WIM 3 November 16, 2006: The series (Women in Ministry Silenced or Set Free?) was researched, written and presented by Cheryl Schatz through MacGregor Ministries, “A Christian outreach to those involved in Cult Groups.” I watched the entire series a few weeks ago and was very impressed. The high quality of the research that went into this 3.5 hour presentation is evident. The presentations are filled with visuals and the graphics draw you into the discussion. Schatz does a great job of breaking down and explaining often complex ideas in ways that most people can grasp.

The series is clearly targeted to people who are struggling with these issues from a fundamentalist or conservative Evangelical context. The presentations include audio recordings from people like John MacArthur, Bruce Ware, John Piper and others from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Schatz goes out of her way to be affirming of these leaders and is about as nonbelligerent as one can be when challenging another’s teaching.

I suspect this series will be highly effective for the targeted audience. I am not sure how the series would be received by unchurched folks or people coming to the issues from outside the conservative Evangelical world. I think it would be a little like listening in on someone else’s conversation but the actual biblical research would still be very helpful.

Every time I read or listen to someone’s research about these topics it seems I learn something new. I found Schatz’s presentation 1 Cor. 11 to be very helpful in setting the cultural context. The 1 Tim. 2 presentation introduced the possibility that verses 11-12 may have been addressed to a specific woman engaged in false teaching, which is something I have not previously heard postulated. I will have to investigate that one more. Other than that, most of what was presented fits with the reading and learning I have been doing over the years.

If your context is men and women struggling with the teachings of groups like the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood then I would highly recommend this series.

-Michael Kruse, elder and leader in the Presbyterian Church USA, Kansas City, MO


WIM 3 October 30, 2007

“Women in Ministry: Silenced or Set Free?” This DVD set is must have, and I thank God for Keith and Lorri MacGregor of MacGregor Ministries for putting out this DVD set. It’s a very well produced and presented multi-media teaching series done by Cheryl Schatz on the legitimacy and freedom of women to be in “any ministry” that God should call them to. The instructor, Cheryl Schatz on the DVD is very knowledgeable, coming from a Hebraic Perspective. She is very articulate in her wonderful presentation of the hard subject. The series presents serious biblical exegesis and her research on a number of texts that are often quoted as “evidence” that women’s roles and opportunities in ministry are limited. Taken all together we found this series to be very relevant for today and therefore highly recommend it to all. This series will go a long way in giving women the biblical freedom in the ministry God has called them to.

Rev. Barbara A. Di Gilio Th.D. Mayim Hayim Ministries Phoenix, AZ


WIM 3 December 20, 2007:

I am a Senior Pastor of a Foursquare Church. I have never been satisfied with the interpretations offered over several difficult verses which seem to restrict women in ministry. Not because I did not like them, but those interpretations left God Almighty constantly contradicting His word, or at least these interpretations. This DVD did an outstanding job of linking the passages together and answering them in a thoughtful and exceptionally Berean way. And they no longer make God out to be a contradictor of His own word. Wonderful job Holy Spirit, Thank you.

Rev. Michael W. Hicks New Life Christian Fellowship, Kasilof, Alaska


WIM 3 August, 2011:

It was a blessing to have you present “Women in Ministry:Silenced or Set Free?” at IMF’s recent MORE Conference. I review the four DVDs carefully prior to the conference and had two New Testament and Biblical Language professors at two separate ATS accredited seminaries review your research.

While both differed a bit on some textual issues, they both overwhelmingly recognize the excellence of your research and the general conclusions you reached.

Many of our people (men and women) were greatly blessed by your presentations and the humble and Christ-like spirit you and Richard exhibited in our midst.

Thank you again and congratulations on your excellent research and well prepared presentation on DVDs. I would recommend the set to any pastor for presentation to his or her church leadership, congregation or women’s groups.

In Christ,

Pastor Frank Masserano

General Secretary IMF

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  1. Thank you Molly for such a wonderful review! It is our desire that this DVD set gets wide distribution so that many more will see that scriptures do indeed interpret themselves in context and the context speaks for women in ministry not against them.

  2. There are two links above where you can order the DVD set. You can either order through Amazon.com by clicking on the word “here” after the words Amazon.com (just below the picture of the DVD) or you can order on our PayPal ordering pages by clicking on the word “here” after PayPal.

    I hope that helps!

  3. Dear Cheryl,
    I want to thank you for your DVD series “Women in Ministry: Silenced or Set Free.”

    The whole issue of women in ministry is an issue that has been very much on my heart and mind for the past several weeks.

    Up until about a month ago, I was a very committed complementarian. Every Church I’ve ever attended has taught that women should be silent, aren’t allowed to teach men, and that women are forbidden to be elders or pastor/teachers. I believed that women pastors and other women in leadership were deliberately disobeying God and must not care what the Bible teaches. I had never had the opportunity to interact with a woman pastor or a woman involved with Church leadership. It was only after I did have the opportunity listen to and talk with a woman pastor that my view of women in ministry began to change. But I believe this is a change that was a long time coming. For many years,I frequently felt confused and frustrated by passages such as 1st Timothy 2, 1st Corinthians 14, and 1st Corinthians 11. I had a feeling there was something about these passages that I wasn’t understanding, but I didn’t know where to turn for answers. These passages seemed so clear and straightforward on the surface.

    They didn’t seem to be open for debate or discussion. I was never taught anything except the complementarian view. Meeting the female pastor, started me on a quest for truth. I came across several websites and read a book on the egalitarian view point. Everything pretty much came together for me. Based on the research I’ve done this far, I feel that I can no longer support the complementarian view. But I also wanted to be sure that the egalitarian view was truly biblical and not just the result of twisting Scripture or ripping Scripture out of its proper context.

    Just this morning, I stumbled across a link for the WIM main page. I watched the introduction clip from the DVD series. I was very impressed. The teaching was clear, easy to understand, biblical, and balanced. I liked how you discussed the passage in depth and in context. I also liked that you also openly and honestly discussed the complementarian point of view. I wanted to see more, so I decided to check out your blog. I watched all of the free clips from there, and again, I was very impressed. I also like that you call complementarians brothers and sisters in Christ, and that you don’t resort to personally attacking those who hold a different view. I so appreciate your willingness to research and discuss these difficult passages of Scripture. It is obvious that you have done a lot of research. I also commend you for presenting this material with humility and respect.

    I am not financially able to order the complete series at this time, but I definitely intend to order them in the future. You have done an amazing job with this series. I believe you have done a great service to the body of Christ. I believe that this series is an invaluable resource for both complementarians and egalitarians both.

    Blessings in Christ,

  4. Lisa,

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I too came through this same journey years ago. The Lord Jesus made it very clear to me that those who oppose women in ministry were misdirected, but none-the-less dear brothers and sisters in Christ and my attitude towards them must be caring and compassionate. I have been so blessed to receive multiple comments about the tone of the DVDs as being full of love for those who disagree with me. I give all the praise to the Lord Jesus who brought me through the hurt that I have experienced as a woman in ministry. The best thing for me is just following the Lord’s example and knowing that he will fight my battles. My fight is not with my brothers and sisters in Christ but with a distorted tradition that has held many captive.

    I look forward to hearing back from you when you are able to watch the entire set.


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