Women make better ministers- pastor
PORT MARIA, St Mary:
As one of the few female pastors operating in St Mary, Ivy Forbes believes that women make better ministers than their male counterparts, and computer technology is the biggest threat facing the younger generation.
Forbes, 79, who has led the Grey Street Pentecostal Church of God in Port Maria for more than a decade, insists that the Church in Jamaica would benefit greatly from an increase in females. She actively encourages them to join the clergy.
Speaking earlier this week from her daughter's Jerk Centre in Trinity, just outside the parish capital, she told Family and Religion: "There are very few female pastors because some people don't appreciate that, and some churches won't allow it, but I think we need more women because they are more dedicated to the work.
"Everybody knows that because of their egos, men are scared to live the type of life that sets them apart. Women generally go to more extremes than men. Some of you guys are too busy for certain things. You go to work, come home, and want to sit in your settee, watch the news and have drinks.
"But as soon as the woman comes home from work, she has the kids, kitchen, and her husband to attend to. She is already dedicated and committed to many things, which just make it easier for her to go into the Church, love the Lord, change, and be saved."
Pastor Forbes believes Christians must work harder to heal the rifts caused by denominational differences, and is concerned that young people today spend more time on their smartphones than they do thinking about God.
She explained: "Before the computer became as popular as it is now, dancehall tunes were the main things that pulled young people away, but now, we have reached a stage where we can't control computer technology.
"In either the late 1960s or early 1970s, I vaguely remember that we used to get a magazine that talked about this huge computer in Belgium. Today, people are able to hold powerful computers in their hands, and that is what is mashing up the youths. When you look at the boys and girls on the street, they all have their phones plugged into their ears constantly."
'spend more time offline'
While Forbes acknowledges that computer technology will continue to remain an integral element of our 21st century lifestyles, the charismatic minister urges young people to spend more time offline and develop a closer relationship with God.
"Although we still have deceivers preaching, the true gospel is being preached to the fullest, so it's there for young people to listen to whether via the media or on the streets. They should stop, give a listening ear, look into themselves, and have a little talk with [God] because He always speaks to us."
She added: "I just pray that God's ministry continues to be extended, expounded, explained and, in the final analysis, received."