Ephesians 5:21-33 and Gender Equity: Toward a Mutual, Egalitarian, and Gender-Balanced Church Leadership

by Albert Kabiro Gatumu | July 22, 2017

The exclusion of women from church leadership has often been justified by a misinterpretation of the New Testament household codes. Paul actually opposed the cultural relegation of women to a secondary status. In fact, the household codes’ treatment of women conveys the love and grace of the gospel, in contrast to the patriarchal hierarchy that dominated the first-century Greco-Roman world.