We believe that God created humanity in two genders, male and female. The Bible is clear that men and women are equal in nature (Genesis 1:27), value (Genesis 1:28), and salvation (Galatians 3:28-29). Therefore, we oppose any teaching that promotes that either gender is superior to the other. God created men and women to be fully equal.
However, equality does not mean "sameness." God created men and women for different functions within the family and society. To Adam (manhood), God bestowed the responsibility of headship. To Eve (womanhood), God bestowed the responsibility of helpmate.
Headship: The idea of headship is that of leadership and authority. Biblical leadership is always servanthearted and godly authority is always for the flourishing of those in submission. Unlike our sinful expressions of headship, Jesus expressed headship over humanity perfectly by dying on the Cross to save sinners. For this reason, husbands are called to love their wives the way Christ loves the Church and gave Himself up for it (Ephesians 5:25-28).
Helpmate: A helpmate is someone who voluntary submits to another's headship in order to assist and make the head complete. Biblical helpmates humbly take a submissive role even though they share equality with the head. Jesus expressed the perfect example of being a helpmate when He, though equal to God the Father in every way, voluntarily humbled Himself, became a man, and was obedient to God unto death, even death on a Cross (Philippians 2:5-8). Therefore, when a wife submits to her husband and women submit to the male elders in the church, they imitate Christ in His submission to the Father.
We recognize that this doctrine is counter-cultural. We also recognize that this doctrine is maligned because of the abuse and abdication of men in all manner of ungodliness through the ages. However, we aspire to hold this doctrine and to improve in our imitation of Christ, both as male heads and female helpmates, to the glory of God and the well-being of our church, our families, and our society.