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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.

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).

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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

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Church

When God Calls a Complementarian Woman into Ministry

April Fiet

The word “Complementarian” is a loaded word that immediately raises defenses. By way of explanation for those who are unfamiliar with the term,…

Biblical Equality

Do Men Really Need to “Govern” Women?

Bob Edwards

“Governing,” according to this document, is exclusively a man’s role. This begs the question, if you are a complementarian man, why do you…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Bible, Women and the Church

Confessions of a Closet Egalitarian

Liz Wolf

I never heard the words egalitarian or complementarian until last summer. At 50 (first of my true confessions) I’m a little late to…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Church

Hope Rekindled: Giving My First Sermon

Harriet Reed Congdon

Last Sunday I preached for the first time in my own church. I had preached before - but never for the church I…

Biblical Equality

Thoughts on an Unsuccessful Job Interview: Jesus Loves Women (and People Who Disagree with Me)

Katie Manning

"It says that your area of study is Women’s Literature and Feminist Theory. How is that compatible with teaching at a Christian university?"…

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

“But What About 1 Timothy 2:12?” Ten Talking Points

Gail Wallace

1 Timothy 2:12 continues to be an obstacle that prevents churches from moving toward a more robust theology of women. Read…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

The Logic of Galatians 3:28

Tim Peck

Both egalitarians and complementarians try to grapple with Paul’s words in Galatians 3:28 in their own ways. However, sometimes we do not look…

Biblical Equality

In the Image of Man They Created God; Male They Created Him

Kate Wallace Nunneley

Last week Owen Strachan, prominent complementarian leader and President of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, called Rachel Held Evans‘ teaching “heresy”…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Phebe Willets: (Woman) Preacher of the 1700s

Charity Johnson

The most prominent of my ancestors was a cousin, Elias Hicks (1748-1930), who brought Quakerism to a famous schism in North America. Though…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Becoming a Champion of Women: One Pastor’s Journey

Larry Walkemeyer

I have recently arrived at a new place in my approach to the subject of women in ministry. While I am not proud…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Two Paths to Affirming Women’s Ordination

Tim Peck

With the Church of England’s recent vote to begin ordaining women as bishops, the issue of women’s ordination has once again been in…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

More than Two Paths to Egalitarianism?

Gail Wallace

last week Tim presented some thoughts about two different paths people sometimes take to get to an egalitarian perspective: the path of "rights"…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories

Building Fences & Taking Sides

Cayla Pruett

I’m a big advocate for what I like to call “tension living.” If this life has taught me anything, particularly where faith is…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

What I Would Tell My 12-Year-Old Self About Gender Roles

Andrea Heinrichs

It wasn’t until I started attending a private Christian school as a 12-year-old that I became aware of the spectrum of views regarding…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Why Women Matter: The Church as the Face of God

Megan Wildhood

Though there are probably as many conceptions of “primary issues” for the Church as there are churches, a typical list is easily constructed.…

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