Women are spiritual equals with men and the ministry of women is essential to any church. According to the scriptures women fulfilled an important role in the church (Acts 1:12–14; 9:36–42; 16:13–15; 17:1–4, 10–12; 18:1–2, 18, 24–28; Romans 16; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 1:5; 4:19). Women still fulfill an important and vital role in every church today, but women are not to serve as pastors in the church (1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1-7).
Evidently the United Methodist Church did not get the memo, or they didn't read the book, or something. Once a congregation, or a denomination, begins to compromise on clear Biblical teaching more compromise is inevitable. Take as an example the Charles Village congregation. Read this unbelievable excerpt from the Baltimore Sun:
A year ago, the Rev. Ann Gordon received her routine reappointment as minister of a Charles Village Methodist congregation. Yesterday - after undergoing a sex-change operation and taking on a new symbolic name - the Rev. Drew Phoenix received another one-year contract to head St. John's United Methodist Church.
I was made aware of this story via Al Mohler's blog post. I have linked to it here. I encourage you to read his post, and, if you have time, the articles which he has linked as well.
Repentance and returning to clear Biblical instruction is the only remedy for doctrinal compromise. At least, that was the counsel that Christ gave to the church at Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-17). That next step down from doctrinal compromise is flat-out heresy.
The sentence, "My pastor used to be a woman" has taken on a whole new meaning.