Arguments pro and con . . . all carry some weight, but at the end of the day they are, taken as a whole, inconclusive because they are associated with conflicting and inconclusive ecclesiologies. On that account, for the sake of unity, no departure from the status quo, that is, the denominational acceptance of women’s ordination, can be urged.However, the good news is that among some there is appreciation for the fact that the arguments for ordaining women are not simply arguments about women or about ordination but have far reaching consequences for the church itself. What happens to the fourth installment of the Task Force Report remains uncertain. It will be communicated to GAFCON and some ecumenical partners (perhaps the LCMS) but the college of bishops will talk about this more. And more. It is clear, however, that despite the passion on the various side of this issue, the impetus remains with the continuation of the status quo.
If that is the case, the future of the rather surprising close connection between the LCMS and ACNA may be cloudy. It is certainly not the only issue being discussed but it is one of the elephants in the room. And it is not simply about women or the ministry but about ecclesiology, doctrine, and the catholic tradition. As is typical, the decision to review the decision to ordain women takes longer than the original decision to actually ordain women.