Core Value 7: Gender Roles

God our creator has established a difference in the creation and roles of men and women, which we are not at liberty to change (Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:7–9).

  • Therefore we affirm the male headship of responsibility in the home and in the church, to be exercised in the spirit of Christlike, sacrificial servanthood (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22–33; 1 Timothy 3:1–5).
  • We deny that women are inferior to men in value (Galatians 3:28; 1 Corinthians 11:11–12), and we deny that women may serve in leadership roles as pastors or elders (1 Timothy 2:11–14).


  1. How does this statement confront modern culture? Why is it so important?
  2. How is male headship defined and qualified in the affirmation?
  3. What is the role of the wife in the home?
  4. What is the role of women in the church?
  5. Why are the two statements of the denial not contradictory?



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