The Theology of Women in Leadership


In this download, we hope to deconstruct the debate and examine how these views are informed by Scripture. We don’t purport to offer the final word on this topic. We do, however, hope that this packet of articles will provide food for thought and fodder for great conversations among your friends and ministry co-leaders, especially if you’re wrestling through the issue of women’s roles in the church.

A collection of Bible-based articles and resources to use for yourself or with a group of other women.


Two Views. One Church.
by Marian V. Liautaud


An Egalitarian View
Rely more on careful exegesis and less on political ideologies.
by Sarah Sumner

Perspective from a Complementarian
Recover a fully biblical view of women—and of handling theological disagreement.
by John Koessler

Born to Follow?
Women leaders are born to follow, but maybe not who you think.
by Carolyn Custis James

Living Our Lives as Ezers
How studying the word normally translated as helper can give us new perspective.
by Roxanne Wieman

Our Journey Toward Women in Leadership
Honest and humble wrestling with Scripture brought us to a new conclusion.
by Bob Hyatt

Men and Women, Fellow Theologians
Together both genders produce a fuller theological perspective.
by Carolyn Custis James

Looking at 1 Timothy 2 Through the Lens of Historical Culture
A passage often used to exclude women is reexamined.
by Bob Hyatt

False Distinctions Between Gifts and Roles
When women deny their God-given gifts, they deny who God has created them to be.
by Sarah Flashing

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Total number of pages - 42 pages

Format: PDF


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