Our Mission and Values
CBE International (Christians for Biblical Equality) is a nonprofit organization of Christian women and men who believe that the Bible, properly translated and interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all ages, 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.” (NIV 2011).
As a global community, CBE strives to become an interculturally competent organization committed to advocacy for the equality, equity, and leadership of all women regardless of culture, class, race, ethnicity, or age. To that end, we will intentionally and routinely educate ourselves (CBE staff, board members, and stakeholders) on issues impacting women worldwide.
In the spirit of advocacy, CBE collaborates with global pastors, churches, institutions, and NGOs to eliminate sexism, racism, misogyny, gender-based violence, and human trafficking; to raise the status of women; and to promote human flourishing.
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.
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 women and men are equally responsible for and distorted by sin, resulting in shattered relationships with God, self, and others.
- Therefore, we lament that the sins of sexism and racism have been used to historically oppress and silence women throughout the life of the church.
- We resolve to value and listen to the voices and lived experiences of women throughout the world who have been impacted by the sins of sexism and racism.
Scripture is our authoritative guide for faith, life, and practice.
Patriarchy (male dominance) is not a biblical ideal but a result of sin that manifests itself personally, relationally, and structurally.
Patriarchy is an abuse of power, taking from women and girls what God has given them: their dignity, freedom, and leadership, and often their very lives.
While the Bible reflects a patriarchal culture, the Bible does not teach patriarchy as God’s standard for 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 woman and a man, 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 worldwide.
Followers of Christ are to advance human flourishing by opposing injustice and patriarchal teachings and practices that demean, diminish, marginalize, dominate, abuse, enslave, or exploit women, or restrict women’s access to leadership in the home, church, and world.
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
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.”
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.”
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
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.