In CBMW » Editorial (CBMW = Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. A headline organisation for Male Headship in the USA) we see a former Male Headship Church making huge steps away from male headship. Points 1 to 4 are excellent, point 5 needs work (IMHO), but the article recognises how significant this is and how challenging to male headship supporters, it also recognises that keeping point 5 (male elders) is probably not sustainable (hallelujah).
After extensive research and discussion Irving Bible Church concluded:
- The accounts of creation and the fall (Genesis 1-3) reveal a fundamental equality between men and women.
- Women exercised significant ministry roles of teaching and leading with God’s blessing in both Old and New Testaments.
- Though the role of women was historically limited, the progress of revelation indicates an ethic in progress leading to full freedom for women to exercise their giftedness in the local church.
- Key New Testament passages restricting women’s roles were culturally and historically specific, not universal principles for all time and places.
- Though women are free to use all of their giftedness in teaching and leading in the church, the role of elder seems to be biblically relegated to men.