President of Christians for Biblical Equality Contributes to Book on Pentecostal Women in Leadership

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Christians for Biblical Equality's president, Dr. Mimi Haddad, is contributing to a forthcoming book on women in Pentecostal and charismatic ministry.

Many Christian churches, from varied histories and perspectives now support the full leadership of women in church ministry and Christian marriage. A new volume, entitled “Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry: Informing a Dialogue on Gender, Church, and Ministry,” will explore the history, justification, examples, and concerns of women’s ministry in the Pentecostal tradition.

Among the contributors to the volume is Dr. Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), an organization dedicated to advocating for the full equality and inclusion of women in church leadership.

“This book,” says Haddad, “is representative of the fine egalitarian scholarship of the Pentecostal community. Women have been changing the world since the beginning of time. Often, poor biblical scholarship leads Christians to question the justification for the leadership of women, while a poor historical understanding causes many to remain ignorant of the countless examples of women’s vibrant leadership in the church. This book corrects both of those errors, providing leading scholarship on the issue, as egalitarian academics have consistently done throughout history. I am proud to contribute to this volume, which is just the latest in a long line of outstanding academic work on women’s leadership in the church.”

“Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry: Informing a Dialogue on Gender, Church, and Ministry” is edited by Margaret English de Alminana, assistant professor of theology at Southeaster University and executive director of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and Lois E. Olena, associate professor of theology and Jewish studies at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. The volume will be published by Brill and is expected to be released by the end of 2016.

In its effort to advance a biblical foundation for gift-based rather than gender-based ministry and service, CBE sponsors annual conferences, facilitates local chapters, hosts an online bookstore, and publishes two award-winning journals. For more information, visit http://www.cbeinternational.org.

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