Complementarianism: All people in Christ are equal. The members of the church are not all gifted and called in the same way – the Holy Spirit gives and shapes as He wills, for the good and proper functioning of the community – but all are called and qualified to use their gifts in the ministry of the church. Men are gifted specifically in leadership roles, women in supportive roles. In the marriage relationship, husbands are to lead while women are to submit.
Related Concepts and/or Examples
Complementarianism for Dummies – a primer on the term/movement, written by one of the founders of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womahood.
4 Dangers for Complementarians – potential pitfalls
What is Submission? – explains what it means for a woman to submit
Women’s Roles in the Church – an interview of Wayne Grudem
* Had to include this bonus video, a talk given by Jen Wilkin at the Summit Institute. Take an hour and watch/listen. Very worth it, even if you aren’t complementarian. *
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