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About CBE

Our Mission and Values

CBE International (CBE) is a nonprofit organization of Christian men and women who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups, based on the teachings of Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28: 

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Mission Statement

CBE exists to promote the biblical message that God calls women and men of all cultures, races, and classes to share authority equally in service and leadership in the home, church, and world. CBE’s mission is to eliminate the power imbalance between men and women resulting from theological patriarchy.

Envisioned Future

CBE envisions a future where all believers are freed to exercise their gifts for God’s glory and purposes, with the full support of their Christian communities.

Statement of Faith

  • We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of the universe, eternally existing as three persons equal in power and glory.

  • We believe in the full deity and the full humanity of Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that eternal salvation and restored relationships are only possible through faith in Jesus Christ who died for us, rose from the dead, and is coming again. This salvation is offered to all people.

  • We believe the Holy Spirit equips us for service and sanctifies us from sin.

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, is reliable, and is the final authority for faith and practice.

  • We believe that women and men are equally created in God’s image and given equal authority and stewardship of God’s creation.

  • We believe that men and women are equally responsible for and distorted by sin, resulting in shattered relationships with God, self, and others.

Core Values

  • Scripture is our authoritative guide for faith, life, and practice.

  • Patriarchy (male dominance) is not a biblical ideal but a result of sin.

  • Patriarchy is an abuse of power, taking from females what God has given them: their dignity, and freedom, their leadership, and often their very lives.

  • While the Bible reflects patriarchal culture, the Bible does not teach patriarchy in human relationships. 

  • Christ’s redemptive work frees all people from patriarchy, calling women and men to share authority equally in service and leadership.

  • God’s design for relationships includes faithful marriage between a man and a woman, celibate singleness, and mutual submission in Christian community.  

  • The unrestricted use of women’s gifts is integral to the work of the Holy Spirit and essential for the advancement of the gospel in the world. 

  • Followers of Christ are to oppose injustice and patriarchal teachings and practices that marginalize and abuse females and males.

Leading Together, Serving as Equals

CBE International (Christians for Biblical Equality) advances the gospel by equipping Christians to use their God-given talents in leadership and service regardless of gender, ethnicity, or class.

CBE, a 501c3 nonprofit, is supported by a community that believes the Bible, properly interpreted, calls women and men to lead and serve as equals, based on Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28.

Hear Christian leaders share CBE’s mission and why it matters.

Global Community

Through CBE, “I learned men and women are equal. God did not curse [women], he cursed the ground. He did not curse those he loved, his own image. We must read the Bible holistically to understand it.”

—Youth pastor in Uganda

With supporters, ministry partners, and local chapters from over 100 denominations and 65 countries, CBE engages Christians with conferences, adult and youth curricula, multi-media resources, award-winning publications, a blog, and more.

CBE collaborates with pastors, churches, schools, and NGOs around the world to eliminate gender-based violence and human trafficking, and improve girls’ access to education by raising the status of women.

Helping the Church Prevent Abuse

“I am currently on the journey of recovering from [clergy] abuse and have a God-given passion to help speak into and resolve the issue in our churches…I enjoy the connection with CBE and the resources you provide.”

—Seminary student

In the US and around the world, 1 in 3 women are victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner, and studies show abuse is as common in the church as in society. CBE is working with church leaders to prevent abuse and create communities where women and men flourish as equals.

Healing and Hope

“Thank you, quite literally, for my faith. Without CBE, at this point my very dear husband would be grieving terribly over my loss of faith.”

—CBE supporter

For more than 30 years, CBE’s articles, books, and conferences have provided healing and hope for Christian women and men around the world.

Connect with CBE

Click here to read the latest news from CBE!

Mutuality, a popular blog + magazine, and Priscilla Papers, an academic journal, are available free online. Subscribe to CBE’s weekly blog, sign up to be notified of new journal and magazine issues, or click here to receive print copies.  

CBE’s podcast, Mutuality Matters, offers weekly conversations on women, men, mutuality, and the Bible.

CBE Bookstore offers reviewed and relevant books on the Bible’s call for women and men to share leadership and service equally.

CBE hosts annual international conferences featuring world renowned pastors, scholars, and speakers to educate, encourage, and equip Christians to advocate for biblical gender equality.

CBE church and organization membership provides support for organizations eager to build egalitarian momentum, including free subscriptions and discounted conference registration.

Chapters are CBE’s hands and feet in communities around the world, providing a way for local members and supporters to connect and minister together.

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