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“God ordains that [men and women] assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.”

These words, from The Gospel Coalition’s Foundation Documents, articulate the theological view known as complementarianism. Every member of TGC’s Council subscribes to this belief. Yet the practical outworking of complementarianism can look pretty different from church to church, even those that hold the same core theology.

Three TGC Council members—Danny Akin, Kevin DeYoung, and Darryl Williamson—sat down together to answer the questions, “What must complementarians agree on? Where can they disagree?”

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