The Church of the Brethren was founded by an open mind on the New Testament. And not only by an open mind, but by a ready heart committed to follow whatever should be found in the Word. That is the very same commitment of Jesus to the Fathers' will. He never asked, "Will I do the Father's will?" That was a settled fact of his life. He asked only, "WHAT is my Father's will?" On that question and consecration the Church of the Brethren was founded.
One of the most devastating things we can do to those who want to follow the Lord is to let them get the idea that they can be partially consecrated. Actually it is psychologically and spiritually impossible to be half surrendered to God...Surrender is without reservation or it is not surrender.
The question is really not women with men in the ministry, or men only in the ministry; the question is "Is the message from the Lord?" and "Is the Lord represented?"