Unfortunately, in explaining why it is ok to have Gayle speak, I heard someone say, "I know some people don't believe God can speak through a woman ..." and this was followed by laughter. This made me sad inside. I know there are some that hold that position but I doubt few if any present held that view. Instead, this seemed to be a caricature of those of us who hold to the idea that men should bear the primary responsibility for Christlike leadership and teaching in the church. I think the comment served to reinforce a naivety regarding the difficult discussion of women in leadership.
For those of you that do not know me, I believe that overall, it is detrimental for women to assume leadership roles in the church. This does not mean that I think women should be silent. Male eldership means men bear the responsibility for the overall pattern of life. It does not prescribe the details of who does precisely what activity but it does mean that the male leader bears the primary responsibility.
This is a hot topic - one that fits level 2 doctrine, and therefore it saddens me to hear leaders make flippant comments on these types of topics.