In 1 Timothy 2:11-12 we read, "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. (12) But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence."
Does the phrase “be in silence” literally means not to talk inside the church? If God prohibits women to teach in the church, why do we have women Sunday school teachers? Are we contradicting the Word of God?
The key to the problem of the word “silence” is on the following phrase, “nor to usurp authority over the man,…” The verse does not literally mean not talking or teaching inside the church. To be silent means to submit. It says “in silence with all subjection.” Women may teach in private (i.e. in an all-ladies class in the church), in their own houses and families; they are to be teachers of good things. But, a woman is not allowed to teach the things she is not supposed to or tasked to teach. One part of the rule is for a woman to feed the church with knowledge and understanding. Women are not to teach in the whole congregation of the church; for that is an act of taking power and authority of the man who has been given the task to feed the church with His Word. Thus, as long as her teaching does not usurp the authority of man, does not teach and preach in the church congregation where men are there, she is allowed to teach.