“When it comes to gender roles in leadership what would you consider the church or organization that employs you?”
Thank you for participating in the September 2016 question of the month. A small group took part and answered the question, “When it comes to gender roles in leadership what would you consider the church or organization that employs you?”
The group was given the option to choose between hierarchical, complimentarian, egalitarian, feminist or other. As you can see 54% reported that their organizations was egalitarian, 36% complimentarian and 9% hierarchical.
Complimentarians would hold that there is essential equality of men and women as persons (created in God’s image) but hold to gender distinctions when it comes to functional roles in society, church or organizations.
It can be argued that hierarchies can be present in both egalitarian and complimentarian models. But hierarchies can also stand separately as a top down model that focuses on skill rather than looking at gender when making decisions about leadership roles.