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Do you have questions about biblical equality?

We’ve been in your shoes and have asked the same questions. It may feel like you can't move forward in your faith until you understand what God wants from you.

You are not alone! Since 2013, we have talked to hundreds of women, and worked with colleges, denominations, and churches to teach egalitarian theology, equip women, and resource the Church. We are ready to walk with you in your journey.

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What is Biblical Equality?

Biblical equality is the biblical teaching that God created men and women to be equal partners in ministry and marriage, and that God does not limit a believer’s roles or responsibilities in the Church or home according to their gender.

Biblical equality is also known as Christian egalitarianism, and is the position of evangelical denominations like the Free Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Church, the Church of the Nazarene, Church of God Anderson, the Salvation Army, and many Pentecostal and mainline Protestant denominations.

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Why does Biblical Equality matter?

We believe Biblical Equality is one of the most important topics for the Church today. Data from the Barna Group shows that women are leaving the church in record numbers and in percentages higher than men. Women make up a greater percentage of the “nones” (people who do not claim any religious affiliation) and the “dones” (people who used to attend church but have left).

We need to reclaim Jesus’ Good News for women!

Jesus taught that there was no hierarchy in God’s Kingdom (Matthew 20). This is good news for women if the Church can learn to live out this truth and can get on with being a priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:4-10) and a new community without distinctions based on ethnicity, class, or gender (Galatians 3:28).

If you are new to this conversation these posts are a good place to start.

Reading Scripture as an Egalitarian: The Big Picture

Why I Support Women in Church Leadership – in 30 Seconds

Toward a Deeper Theology of Women

Who Was Junia?

Junia was a female apostle commended by Paul in Romans 16:7. “Greet Andronicus and Junia,my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.” For centuries the fact that Junia was a woman was concealed by an “S'' added to her name to make it masculine, presumably because the translators could not imagine there had been a woman apostle.

The marginalization of Junia is typical of the way women in the Bible and church history have often been treated. We want to change the narrative for Junia and for women in the Church today!

Posts on Biblical Equality from our blog

Women and the Bible

The Bible and the Undoing of Patriarchy

Beth Felker Jones

Editor’s Note: On January 25, 2022, we came across this remarkable Twitter thread summarizing the biblical argument against patriarchy. The author, Dr. Beth…

General, Women and the Bible

Power Dynamics Between Jesus and the Canaanite Woman in Matthew 15

Harriet Reed Congdon

In a reversal of pattern, it’s the Canaanite woman, not Jesus, who delivers the final punch line. And her counterargument flips the script.…

"Notorious" Passages, Women and Relationships

Using Peter and Paul Against Mary? Patriarchy and Slavery in New Testament Letters

Steve Mann

In the context of Ephesians 3, Colossians 3, and 1 Peter 2-3, instructions to wives and to slaves are inextricable from one another.…

Women and the Bible, Women and the Church

Why I Support Women in Church Leadership – in 30 Seconds

Kate Wallace Nunneley

I was recently asked to summarize why I support women in church leadership in thirty seconds or less. This was my response… Deborah…

Biblical Equality, Women and Relationships, Women and the Bible, Women and the Church

Wives and Husbands in 1 Peter: Who is the Weaker Vessel?

Heather Celoria

Certain passages in 1 Peter are sometimes used to support the idea of hierarchy in Christian marriage, but a closer look reveals that…

Women and the Church

10 Ways Men Can Fight Sexism

Allison Quient

Are you a man who is discontent with just believing women should be treated fairly? Are you ready to do something? Here are…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories

Let My People Go: The Impact of Patriarchy in the Church

Bob Edwards

Patriarchy is an oppressive cultural norm with a history that predates Christianity. Fortunately, it is fading from our global community. Unfortunately, it persists…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories

No Middle Ground for Women in the Church

Harriet Reed Congdon

There was a time I tried to keep both a hierarchical view of authority in the church and a freedom for women to…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Why I am a Feminist and an Egalitarian (And Why They Aren’t the Same Thing)

Kate Wallace Nunneley

Feminism vs Egalitarianism I am both a feminist and a biblical egalitarian.  These two are not the same. In fact, I believe that…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories

5 Ways to Avoid Undermining Your Theology of Gender

Tim Peck

I was a complementarian for more than 20 years. I believed that women should not serve as church elders or senior pastors, that…

Biblical Equality

Perception and Gender Roles

Bob Edwards

It's probably true that nobody disagrees that men and women are different. It's how these differences are perceived that becomes a potential source…

Biblical Equality, Women and Relationships, Women and the Church

The Incomplete Gospel of Biblical Womanhood

Kate Wallace Nunneley

I am a single Christian woman who is working to support myself. What does the complementarian message say to someone like me?”

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories

Confessions of a Former Complementarian

Bob Edwards

“The church has not been kind to women.” That is perhaps the most profound understatement I have ever made about any subject in…

Biblical Equality, Women and Relationships

Three Ways Patriarchy is Bad for Men

Tim Peck

Here are some of my thoughts about why patriarchy is bad for men, two related to the church and the last related to…

Biblical Equality

Response to a Complementarian View of Women

Bob Edwards

Every few weeks we get a comment protesting that the claims we make about the complementarian view are not what most complementarians believe,…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Church

Fierce and Feminine

Cayla Pruett

Fierce and feminine. Despite widespread perception, deeply embedded associations and centuries of conditioning, these two words are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

The Origins of Sexism in the Church

Bob Edwards

Is the doctrine of male authority in the church “God-ordained,” or does it have a more human origin? To answer this question, I’d…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

How to Preach to Women

Karina Kreminski

Here are some things to take into account as we think about the question “What are some things to keep in mind when…

Biblical Equality

When Women are Invisible in the Church

Bob Edwards

In some churches, women are not even allowed to read the Bible from behind the pulpit, allegedly because the pulpit is a sign…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories

Becoming an Egalitarian in Greek Class

Meredith Miller

You're in for a treat today as Junia Project blogger Meredith and her husband Curtis share the story of how he came to…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

A Complementarian View of Justice?

Kate Wallace Nunneley

Last week, I attended The Justice Conference that was held here in Los Angeles. I have to say up front that it was…

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