Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) develops resources and partnerships that challenge patriarchy as a biblical ideal. Alongside global partners, CBE creates publications and media, sponsors yearly events, coordinates local chapters and sister-organizations, and hosts a website and book service to reach popular, academic, and humanitarian audiences with the biblical teachings that promote the shared dignity, worth, leadership, and authority of males and females. CBE's ultimate objective is to reach global Christian communities with biblical resources that teach the mutual calling, gifting, and responsibility of males and females to use and develop their gifts in service to God, neighbor, and community. CBE envisions a future where every Christian has heard the biblical teachings that challenge patriarchy as God's ideal, and where men and women are empowered to use their gifts in any position of service or leadership.
To advance the shared dignity and leadership of males and females, CBE's strategic plan addresses 3 key result areas:
3. Maintain a nonprofit organization to enable 1 and 2
Each key result area is advanced through measureable impact indicators to ensure that CBE's outreach is successful, relevant, and sustainable in the long term.
1. Churches become more egalitarian
a. Growth in # of women working as teaching pastors
b. Growth of egalitarian denominations
2. Growth of global egalitarian momentum
a. Growth in # of egalitarian organizations or advocates
b. Growth in % of women speakers at Christian conferences
c. Growth in # of CBE donors
3. Greater gender equality in Christian higher education
a. Growth in % of women faculty in Christian higher education
b. Growth in # women in leadership at ETS, and/or number of egalitarian scholars in leadership or published in JETS
4. Increased demand for egalitarian resources
a. # new egalitarian books in publisher catalogs
b. Sales, shares, citation, of CBE resources
Established in 1988 to provide education, support, and leadership to advance the biblical basis for the shared authority, leadership, and service of males and females, CBE has grown and expanded to include members from more than 100 denominations in over 65 countries. Our members, donors, and ministry partners provide contributions for the vision and execution of objectives in each of the three key result areas, thus lending momentum and global impact.
For example, many of our global partners write for CBE publications, commission and oversee non-English translations of CBE's resources, host CBE promoted events in their countries, and provide lecturers for these and other CBE events. Because CBE sponsors regional chapters and sister organizations around the world, CBE's message is regularly contextualized through publications, discussions, events, and annual international conferences hosted in the United States and internationally. Sister organizations also facilitate the development of local egalitarian leaders and groups to address the biblical and cultural issues related to gender and faith in a contextually sensitive manner.
CBE's three key result areas include quarterly goals that are measurable, which CBE's staff and board assess quarterly. What is more, CBE staff convenes quarterly analysis meetings to evaluate the organization's internal strengths and weaknesses while examining external factors that may impact CBE's capacity to accomplish its objectives.
Measurable goals that “Educate Christians on biblical equality and its significance" include: create and/or distribute resources to educate Christians on biblical gender equality and its significance; and host and/or contribute to conferences and events to educate Christians on biblical gender equality and its significance. Objectives include: publish an academic journal, publish an accessible magazine, publish an accessible blog, foster egalitarian representation outside of CBE events.
Measurable goals that “Promote egalitarian advocacy" include: empower Christians for egalitarian advocacy; and enhance CBE's capacity for advocacy. Objectives include equip individuals and organizations for advocacy, partner with other organizations to extend CBE's influence, raise CBE's public profile and influence, and improve CBE's mission-awareness and cross-cultural competency.
Measurable goals that "Maintain an effective, sustainable, and efficient organization" include: maintain financial sustainability; and ensure CBE's programs, structures, and resources are being maximized for organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Objectives include grow donor base by 10%, garner funding from 1 new foundation, and promote greater synergy between departments.
Each quarter CBE's board of directors reads and evaluates progress towards reaching objectives within the three key result areas. The President's performance in accomplishing annual goals is evaluated annually.
Finally, every five years CBE's board conducts strategic planning sessions during its semi-annual meetings to refine CBE's mission in light of new opportunities and threats.
CBE has expanded global outreach:
-- Translated its Statement “Men, Women and Biblical Equality" into over 30 languages.
-- Translated Still Side by Side, CBE's biblical gender equality primer, into 20 languages.
-- Increased circulation of CBE publications. CBE's quarterly publications include an academic journal (Priscilla Papers), a popular magazine (Mutuality), and a weekly online newsletter (Arise). Together, these publications have received over 30 publishing awards. Currently, more than 1,400 CBE members, libraries, churches and individuals subscribe to CBE's quarterly journals.
-- Hosted annual international conferences in domestic and international venues. CBE's chapters and sister organizations also host international events on a yearly basis.
-- Increased regional chapter events and attendance. CBE chapters and sister organizations grew to 19.
-- Engaged Christians at 8 conferences with combined attendance of over 40,000. Dr. Mimi Haddad, CBE's president, maintains a regular speaking schedule and teaches at 2 academic institutions.
-- Expanded online presence. In 2017, CBE made all journal articles free, along with translations of Still Side by Side, book reviews, and lectures at cbeinternational.org. CBE hosts the most expansive free library of resources on the Bible and gender.
-- Established a partnership with the Publish4All (P4A) global network of Christian printers, sharing dozens of different resources for free download, in several languages.
-- Facilitated training of 100 pastors and church leaders in South Africa, 55 pastors in Uganda, and 130 church leaders in Tanzania.
-- Built a sustainable financial base and skilled staff for new and existing ministry opportunities.
Further Ministry Needed:
-- Create and distribute special edition journals for leaders of two new organizations each year with less than 10% female leaders.
-- Increase access to non-English materials, and increase interaction with readers. (Additional resources and translations are being re-formatted for P4A printing.)
-- Empower global leaders who request mentors, events, and resources in their languages in places like Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Finland, Ghana, Kenya, Korea, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
-- Coordinate efforts of funders to leverage impact globally.