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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, Women and the Church

Confusing “Equality” with “Sameness”: A Complementarian Misconception

Bob Edwards

Time after time, I’ve read complementarian literature that seems to misunderstand what is meant by biblical equality for women and men. The heart…

Biblical Equality, Women and Relationships, Women and the Church

6 Differing Views on Wedding Traditions

Kate Wallace Nunneley

I really don't like weddings. They're just not my thing. For the most part, I don't like attending them, I don't like being…

Biblical Equality, Women and Relationships

Anatomy of an Egalitarian Wedding Ceremony

Gail Wallace

Some time ago I was part of a Twitter conversation about marriage ceremonies that reflect biblical egalitarian values. Since my husband is a…

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

Three Reasons I Believe Men and Women are Equal Co-laborers in God’s Kingdom

Dave Johnson

Today Dave Johnson, Lead Pastor of Neighborhood Christian Fellowship (a Wesleyan church in Southern California) writes about his belief in biblical equality. His…

Biblical Equality

Thank You: A Spoken Word Tribute to Women in Ministry

Jeanelle E. Austin

Here is the complete transcript and 3 1/2 minute video of Jeanelle Austin performing the spoken word poem she wrote for "Celebrating Women…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

More Than Footnotes Part 4: Women Leaders in the American Colonies

Michael Wiltshire

Here is the fourth and final installment of "More than Footnotes" a series on influential women in church history. With the influence of…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Church

On Being a Jesus Feminist

Beth Wartick

From the editor: On Mondays this month we’re sharing personal stories of Christian women who identify in some way as feminists. We hope…

Biblical Equality, Women and Relationships

50 Shades of Grey and Patriarchy: What Exactly Did We Expect?

Dalaina May

There are many articles written by Christians trying to pick apart why it is that so many women, both in and out of…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

“Feminist” Is Not a Dirty Word

Buki Alabi

On Mondays we’re sharing personal stories of Christian women who identify as feminists. We hope that hearing these stories will broaden our understanding…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

3 Reasons to Be a Feminist

Kim Hunt

From the editor: We had so many wonderful submissions that we've extended our series of personal stories of Christian women who identify as…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Reflections on Faith, Feminism, & Identity

Megan Pritchett

Just over a year ago, I interviewed thirteen Christian women about their understandings of faith, gender, and feminism for my senior thesis sociology…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Bible

Whispers of Hope and Subversion in the Old Testament

Harriet Reed Congdon

It may seem strange that I became an egalitarian through the back door of Old Testament patriarchal culture and history. But it worked…

Biblical Equality, Women and Relationships

One Mother’s Thoughts On Raising a Son

Beth Wartick

My son is six months old. He is, in my completely unbiased opinion, a perfect little baby. He smiles and coos and rolls…

Biblical Equality

On John Piper & Manhood

Kate Wallace Nunneley

At the beginning of March one of our readers wrote in and asked this question: "I recently watched a video regarding The Gospel…

"Notorious" Passages, Biblical Equality, Women and the Bible, Women and the Church

The Curse of Genesis 3: A Lament

Gail Wallace

In doing some research on Genesis 3, I came upon this provocative poem by Carmen J. Bryant: God said to man, “The earth…

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