Contrary to their surrounding culture, the New Testament authors maintained that men and women share an equal status in God’s eyes. Differences in gender are to have no bearing on our status as saved, children of God! But these same authors also taught that there are differences between men and women and that these God-ordained differences need to be cherished and upheld. In a number of biblical texts this seems to have implications for some leadership roles in church. It’s a controversial and confusing issue in contemporary society. We need to understand how this all applies today and in our church.