Embracing Complementarianism

Turning Biblical Convictions into Positive Church Culture

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A biblical vision for the roles of men and women in the church—and how to put them into practice.

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It can be tempting to shy away from addressing the issue of gender roles in church because it’s often controversial. But this can result in churches either being increasingly influenced by secular culture or simply sticking with the status quo when it comes to what men and women do in church.

Building on the belief that complementarianism is both biblical and positive, this book focuses on what these convictions look like in practice. Moving beyond the familiar discussions around "gender roles," and leaving room for variety in how readers implement these ideas, it will encourage a church culture where men and women truly partner together—embracing their privileges and responsibilities, and maximizing their gifts, in joyful service of God’s kingdom.

With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, this book provides a great opportunity for church leadership teams to think intentionally about complementarianism and discuss how it manifests itself in their church context.

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Contents

  • 1. Complementarianism Today
  • 2. Men and Women Today
  • 3. How Are We Made?
  • 4. God's Call to Men and Women
  • 5. The Goodness of Men Leading in Ministry
  • 6. Understanding Ministry
  • 7. Understanding Church
  • 8. Coming in to Land
  • 9. Putting It into Practice
  • Appendices

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Contributors Graham Beynon, Jane Tooher
ISBN 9781784987671
Format Paperback
First published October 2022
Dimensions 5.3" x 8.5" x 0.4"
Case quantity 30
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Thomas R. Schreiner

James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In a day when polemics are often wielded on both the right and the left, it is refreshing to read an irenic and immensely practical book on what it means to embrace complementarianism. Beynon and Tooher’s book will help pastors and church leaders (and laypeople too!) to think carefully about what it means to include both men and women in the ministry of the church in a complementarian framework. I hope this book will be read widely and will lead to further clarity, understanding and humility as we work out what it means for both men and women to be involved in the ministry of the church.

Nancy Guthrie

Author; Bible Teacher

Here’s a book for those looking for sound reasoning and humble guidance in regard to the practical application of complementarity in a variety of church contexts. Graham and Jane graciously and consistently apply what the Scriptures teach with a lack of rigidity yet with firm conviction in regard to the biblical call for men and women to express their godliness through gender.

Christopher Ash

Writer-in-Residence, Tyndale House, Cambridge

I much enjoyed reading this fresh, sensitive, thoughtful, well-informed and engagingly positive treatment of what is so often seen as just a troublesome and controversial topic. The authors leave space for readers to come to different conclusions in detail, under the shelter of a glad affirmation of the goodness of the word of God in every passage of Scripture. I especially valued the tone of gentle gladness allied to a confident affirmation of essentials.

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A wise and irenic work

Chase Kuhn, Moore Theological College, September 1st 2022

Is there a more contentious topic for church life than the matter of how men and women are to relate and partner in ministry? Conversations about this topic aren’t new, but they aren’t getting easier either. For this reason, I’m very glad for the rich resource of Embracing Complementarianism: Turning Biblical Convictions into Positive Church Culture.... continue reading

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06/10/2022

“Very helpful”

This book was written for people like me: we believe in the authority of Scripture, we trust God even when He says things we find hard, countercultural or inexplicable. I've long been convinced of the complementarian interpretation of the Scriptures - that men and women are equal sharers in the image and glory of God and at the same time they have assymetric but complementing callings in God's church. However I have often felt embarrassed and confused by it in the egalitarian world in which we live.

Unfortunately, all too often complementation teaching goes no further than presenting a list of the things that women can and cannot do - especially focusing on the latter. However, this book wants to help us as individuals and church communities to strive to live into the positive and glorious opportunities opened up by the Scriptures.

In essence it challenges us to see that what God has said is good news and needs to be embraced and worked out in positive ways that release the gifts of women and opportunities to be fulfilled in God's service.

As I read many of the questions that have lurked under the surface in my mind were anticipated and answered. They also engage sensitively with the spectrum of thinking within the complementarian camp that was illuminating.

So compelling was the read that I finished the book in one evening! The practical appendices were also very helpful and reassuring that the way our church approaches these things is on the right track, even as we have more distance to travel along it. I will be preaching 1 Timothy 2:8-15 in a week's time and intend to advertise this book as a helpful resource for those interested in thinking more.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.


05/10/2022

“We need to do the hard work”

The point I appreciate most about this book will likely be the most contentious: it provides very few hard and fast instructions, instead pushing the reader to make up their own mind. What Beynon & Tooher recognize is that proper expression of male and female roles within the church cannot be divorced from their unique contexts. Certain roles which women perform without issue in some complementarian churches may appear to be a usurpation of male headship in others depending on a variety of factors. What this book does then, is help the reader process and work through those factors so that their complementarian expression can grow fuller, avoiding unbiblical restrictions on women 'just in case' or 'because it's simpler this way'. If you're willing to think hard, dive into this book.


19/09/2022

“interesting”

This was a very interesting book to read through. Obviously, given the current cultural issues surrounding men and women, this book will cause some division.

Beynon and Tooher structure the book with nine chapters and several appendices. These chapters dive into the role of men and women that God created and how they are applicable in today's modern church.

The appendices are as follows:

- Can Only Elders Preach?

- Common Grey Areas

- Women on Staff Teams

- Writing a Position Paper

There were questions and frustrations throughout every single chapter of this book. I wish there was more scripture and historical/cultural context provided throughout the book but unfortunately I felt that was lacking.

Each chapter concluded with a reflection questions section. This section provided several questions for the reader to ponder or discuss on either an individual basis or a group basis. These questions did help to dive a bit deeper.

I was hoping for a bit more from this book but was disappointed in the overall presentation of the position. Whether I agree with it or not, the supporting information was not as full as I would have expected or desired.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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