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CBE’s Mission and Values

Mission Statement
Envisioned Future
Statement of Faith
Core Values

CBE International (CBE) is a nonprofit organization of Christian women and men and women 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. ​

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.

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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.

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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. ​

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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 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.

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