Beliefs, Affirmations, and Application
We believe . . .
Women and men are created equal in worth and value by God.
Women and men are created in and express the image of God. This expression contains both sameness in common humanity and also distinctiveness in unique femininity and masculinity.
Both women and men are equally commanded and called to rule and subdue, love God and others, and go and make disciples of all nations.
The fulfillment of these major purposes is at the core of every believer’s heart and is accomplished by the embracing of women’s and men’s equal and valued contributions, as well as distinctions in roles and gifting.
The Triune Godhead is the supreme model of oneness in relationships which are equal in value, unique in role, clear in authority, and unified in purpose.
We affirm . . .
The women of Cadence have incredible value, worth, and esteem to the mission and its leadership.
The women of Cadence offer an immeasurable contribution to the purposes of Cadence and its unique role in fulfilling the Great Commission.
The women of Cadence will be treated with honor, dignity, and respect at all times by all members.
The women of Cadence have vital and wise counsel regarding the purposes, direction, vision, health, and administration of Cadence, and mission leadership needs this counsel on a regular and consistent basis in order to lead effectively.
The needs, gifting, abilities, and professional development of Cadence women will be given equal consideration and attention as that of the Cadence men. This consideration will begin with recruiting, be incorporated into training, and remain a vital element throughout a woman’s missionary career.
Based on these beliefs and affirmations, we acknowledge the following applications and parameters:
Having affirmed male headship of the home and male eldership of the church, Cadence staff will work within a Complementarian framework as it relates to the expression of the spiritual gifts both men and women possess.
Some holding to the Complementarian position believe God equally gifts both men and women but assigns the teaching of the Scriptures to mixed groups to men only in most, if not all, contexts. Others holding this position believe the Bible permits women to teach men in some limited contexts under the headship of appropriate biblical authority (a women’s husband, the elders of a church, or mission leadership serving in a capacity akin to eldership).
Related to spiritual authority, some holding to the Complementarian position believe the Bible assigns this authority over men to men in all cases. Others holding this position believe the Bible permits women to exercise this authority over men in some contexts in a limited capacity as long as that responsibility is not primarily that of an elder or in a capacity akin to eldership.
For the purposes of this document and policy, Cadence defines the Complementarian position as within the parameters identified and defined in points 1-3 above.