The Junia Project

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).

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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

Women & Leadership in Sacramental Churches

Tim Peck

When I was a pastor in the nondenominational world, most conversations around gender and church leadership revolved around whether women should preach from…

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

5 Reasons to Stop Using 1 Timothy 2:12 Against Women

Gail Wallace

Hundreds of pages have been written on this chapter, with almost as many interpretations, proving this to be one of the least understood…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Church

Developing Ideas of Equality

Terry Cunningham

My first official contact with women struggling for equality was as a young reporter. Some women had chained themselves to the front of…

Biblical Equality

Laying Down Male Privilege for Joy

Rob Dixon

Like most kids, our children love their candy. A relatively rare treat in our house, every piece of candy is something to be…

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

Mentoring in the Church: Apollo had Priscilla, Phoebe had Paul

Bev Murrill

Empowered by higher education and the willingness of thinking people to judge others on their merits rather than their plumbing, more women are…

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

The Quick Start Guide to Equality in Genesis

Hannah Thompson

The creation accounts in Genesis are of utmost importance when discussing gender relations within the Church. “Creation order” is a foundational claim of…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories, Women and the Church

We Need You, Brothers

Kelly Ladd Bishop

I used to work for a church that went through the tedious process of changing the church bylaws to allow for the full…

Biblical Equality, Personal Stories

Walking in Rachel Held Evans’ Shoes

Kate Wallace Nunneley

  It was November 2013. The conference had already started, and I was running late. I walked quickly along the sidewalk with my…

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…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Women and Church Politics: Living Outside the Bubble

Shawna Songer Gaines

I never thought I would ever write a book about politics! But as my husband (and co-pastor) and I led our congregation through…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

7 Ways to Practice Gender Equality in Your Church

Kelly Ladd Bishop

At times I have been frustrated by the number of churches that claim egalitarian theology, but are not actually practicing it. I’ve been…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

Free A/V Resources on Biblical Gender Equality

Gail Wallace

Here are some free audio (A) and video (V) resources that present biblical gender equality (egalitarianism) in a clear, compelling way, have high…

Biblical Equality, Women and the Church

No Words: A Lament for Women

Kate Wallace Nunneley

When I was looking at the worship life of the American church, I noticed that lament, and something like the book of Lamentations,…

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

A God With Two Hands: Reflecting on Gender Equality

Stephen Waldron

In a recent Christians for Biblical Equality blog post, Kevin Giles showed how people used the Bible to justify slavery in a way that…

Biblical Equality

Reading Scripture as an Egalitarian: The Big Picture

Patrick Franklin

In today's post Patrick Franklin presents egalitarian theology in a nutshell. He writes, "In order to understand difficult passages of Scripture, including the…

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