Christians for Biblical Equality Opens Registration for Its 2017 Conference on Faith and Gender

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Christians for Biblical Equality announces that registration is now open for its 2017 conference, “Mutual by Design,” which will promote gender equality from an evangelical Christian perspective

Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its July 2017 conference, “Mutual by Design: Building God’s Church Together.”

The conference will promote the view that the Bible places no gender-based limits on Christian service. The conference theme is based on 1 Corinthians 11:11-12: “However, woman is not separate from man, nor man separate from woman in the Lord. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.”

The speaker lineup is representative of the scholarship and diversity of the evangelical egalitarian movement, according to CBE’s president, Dr. Mimi Haddad. “We’re proud to feature scholarship from a group of women and men who are racially diverse and come from a wide variety of theological and professional backgrounds, all united by the ardent belief that God intends for all people to serve the church according to their gifts, without gender-based restrictions.”

Plenary speakers include Rev. Dr. Mitzi J Smith, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary; Dr. Jamin Hübner, chair of Christian studies and director of institutional effectiveness at John Witherspoon College; Dr. Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and emeritus doctoral faculty, St. Andrews University, Scotland; Rev. Gricel Medina, a leadership and community development expert and pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church; and Dr. Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. Additional speakers are highlighted on CBE’s website.

Registration can be done online or by calling CBE at 612-872-6898. Early-bird registration, available through December 31, is $159. Regular registration is $199. “Mutual by Design” will be held July 21-23, 2017 at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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

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