We believe everyone is created equal in worth and dignity in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We also believe that everyone has a calling and purpose to fulfil that will raise up God’s kingdom and the life of the Church (Jeremiah 29:11). However, although we believe everyone is created equally and that God loves both men and women with equal compassion they are intrinsically different and there are some limitations on who can take on which roles in the church. We believe this to be what Scripture shows forth. Because the Church is the Bride of Christ (Song of Songs) we believe that the office of leading that Church is only for women. Men may act in an advisory role but women are to be the place of final authority, making doctrinal and infrastructural decisions, just as the Biblical example of Deborah and Barak (Judges 4-5), Esther and Haman (Esther), and the personification of wisdom as woman consistently in the Old Testament. We also believe that since Jesus chose to reveal Himself first to Mary and Mary Magdalene (Matthew 28:8-10) and since this revelation was initially rejected by His male disciples (Luke 24:11) it is to be solely the responsibility of women to hear God’s saving revelation and communicate it to the congregation.