Because we believe the Scriptures (the Holy Bible) to be the final and chief authority for life and practice, it is the first place the elders of North Wake turn when seeking guidance regarding issues of doctrine and practice. In relation to understanding the value and role of women in the church, we understand that the Scriptures serve both as the final source of authority regarding the nature of reality as well as guidelines to understand the nature of morality.
In order to understand the Bible’s teaching on this subject, it is important to first understand what the Bible teaches about the created nature of men and women. We affirm that in Genesis 1:26, 27 the Bible teaches that God equally created both man and woman as image bearers who share equal value and dignity in the eyes of God. In addition, we recognize that in Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 2:18-20 God created man and woman with distinct differences built into the very fabric of their being. That is, God created men as male and women as female and these two genders are meant to compliment each other. While Scripture is not exhaustive in its explanations of these differences, it is nonetheless clear that there are distinct differences between men and women that transcend mere physical differences. God then created Eve to be a “helper” suitable (complimentary) for the man.
In addition to understanding the created nature of men and women, it is also important to grasp the moral implication of how being created as man or woman ought to affect behavior. Morality always has its roots in the way God created things.
In Genesis 2:20 God clearly designates a distinct role for Eve when He creates her as a “helper.” Thus, because men and women are created by God to be different, it is right and good for the Church to recognize and affirm those differences as precious gifts from a loving Father.
Finally, it is important to recognize that nowhere does Scripture indicate that the distinct roles of men and women carry any different weight or value. In fact, just the opposite is true. Fulfilling one’s God-given role not only serves as an affirmation of God’s wisdom in creating men and women as He did, but also demonstrates in action the most God-like or Christ-like behavior possible for each gender.
In conclusion, the elders of North Wake Church affirm the following three points as faithful to the teaching of Scripture:
A. Men and women are equal in value as image bearers.
B. Men and women have been given different roles as image bearers.
C. The roles given to men and women, while different, are of equal value.
II. How Should Women Serve at North Wake?
The obvious question that follows is: “How then should women serve at North Wake?”
At North Wake we desire to ensure that women have the opportunity to exercise their spiritual gifts for the edification of the body. This includes the use and expression of teaching and leadership gifts. However, any expression of these gifts must be done inside the parameters that God’s Word establishes for His people. Behind every command and directive of Scripture lies the heart of a loving Father who desires to provide the best for His children and protect them from harm.