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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Winter 2018

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

Blog + Magazine Articles

The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

Cover of Winter 2018 Mutuality

Winter 2018

Volume: 25 | Number: 4

Gender and Church Planting

This issue explores the intersection of gender and church planting. What is the experience of women planting churches? What does it look like to build a truly egalitarian church culture and leadership model? What obstacles and opportunities exist for women in church planting and leadership?


A Feminized Church, or Just a Faithful One?
By: Tim Krueger | December 14, 2018
Jesus attracted the marginalized—women, slaves, the poor—and challenged privileged and powerful men to change. When the church does the same, it is faithful, not "feminized."

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How Planting a Church Made Me Reconsider My Beliefs about Gender Roles
By: Kay Bonikowsky | December 14, 2018
“Kay should be an elder.” It was handwritten in black sharpie on a big white page—just one quote among many others on one of those big flip chart tripods.

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7 Words of Wisdom for Women Church Planters
By: Sarah Swartzendruber | December 14, 2018
When I was a little girl I dreamed of being many things. Never did I ever consider being a pastor or, even worse, a church planter.

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Obstacles and Opportunities for Women Planting Churches
By: Taeler Morgan | December 14, 2018
In July of 2015, someone asked if I’d ever thought about planting a church. That question changed my life.  

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The Egalitarian Church Hiding in Plain Sight:  What Church Planters Can Learn from the Salvation Army
By: Kristi McKenney | December 14, 2018
Not many people realize that the Salvation Army is a denomination as well as a charity. From its small start, the Salvation Army has grown to a membership of 1.7 million people and counting. It could be called one of history’s most successful egalitarian church plants. 

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Being Egalitarian Isn’t Enough: 3 Strategies to Cultivate an Egalitarian Church
By: Jonathan Schut | December 14, 2018
Church plants that truly hope to be egalitarian and make a difference in the world must make egalitarianism a foundational part of their church’s culture.

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A Christmas Reflection
By: H. Edgar Hix | December 14, 2018
My mama allows it could’ve been rape and it might’ve, you know, unsettled her mind. Grandma, who’s lived with us since grandpa died, declares she’s just a little whore, probably with some low-ranking Roman, who’s trying to hide her dirty skirts behind blasphemy. Either way, my mama says, I should watch and remember how easy […]
Women Church Planters: A Proud Tradition
By: Mimi Haddad | December 14, 2018
Women were planting and leading churches right alongside Paul and Timothy. No matter the obstacles, they haven’t stopped.

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