THE ROLE OF MEN & WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
Bent Tree Church desires to be a place that embodies a beautiful complementarian vision of ministry so that both sexes, young and old, will flourish. We believe in the God-given roles of men and women in the church called complementarianism. Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity, and value. At the same time, they are complementary by divine design. Men and women correspond to one another. We believe that, in every sphere of life, male and female image bearers flourish in partnership. Where complementarity is lacking or absent, both genders suffer. The beauty of complementarity is seen in a robust congregational life. We believe that Scripture intends for both men and women to be equally involved and engaged in ministry and society. Being equally involved in ministry does not entail being interchangeably involved. We believe the Bible reserves the office of elder/pastor specifically for qualified men. In shepherding, overseeing, leading, caring for and praying for the local church, elders practice sacrificial male headship. Apart from the role of pastor/elder, we believe the Bible explicitly encourages and assumes that women will be actively involved in the ministry of the church.
Gen. 1:27-28; Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6; Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 11:2-16, 14:33-35; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 1 Pet. 3:1-7