Christians for Biblical Equality

Proclaiming God’s design for equal partnership between men and women

aka CBE International   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  cbeinternational.org

Mission

The mission of CBE International (Christians for Biblical Equality) is to eliminate the power imbalance between men and women resulting from theological patriarchy. CBE was founded in 1988 in response to churches and organizations that were using misinterpreted/mistranslated Bible texts to prohibit women from answering their call to lead beside men in any sphere. It was determined that an organization was needed to provide education, advocacy, and leadership concerning women's biblical equality. CBE exists to promote the biblical message that God calls women and men of all cultures, races, and classes to share authority equally in service and leadership in the home, church and world. We educate and advocate through conferences, publications, blog, social media, and ministry partnerships.

Ruling year info

1989

President and CEO

Dr. Mimi Haddad

Operations Manager

Ms. Mary Gonsior

Main address

122 W Franklin Ave Suite 218

Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA

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EIN

41-1599315

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Women's Rights (R24)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CBE seeks to dismantle the patriarchy practiced and taught as biblical by Christian individuals, churches, and organizations. Through a few misinterpreted / mistranslated Bible texts, girls and women are devalued, and women’s equality and leadership are undermined, resulting in a limited talent pool and abuse. Prohibiting women from fully exercising their God-given gifts, in leadership and service to the church, home, and world, constitutes injustice that impoverishes the body of Christ and its ministry in the world. CBE International is part of God's work to oppose injustice as required in Scripture. Recognizing that patriarchy is a root cause of female marginalization and oppression, including domestic abuse, CBE works to promote the Bible's call for women’s equality and to correct biblical distortions that justify male dominance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Put More Women in Ministry Leadership

The Alvera Mickelsen Memorial Scholarship (AMMS) is made possible through the generosity of Alvera’s family and the CBE community. Given the challenges and inequities women face in the church and Christian academia, AMMS was created to help women answer the call to ministry by providing academic scholarships. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to women who are pursuing a master’s degree in a ministry field related to preaching, communications, writing, youth ministry, pastoral work, or nonprofit work. Thanks to generous donors, we have been able to award twelve $6,000 scholarships since 2018. To help put more women in the pulpit, visit cbe.today/ammsfund

Population(s) Served
Christians
Women
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse
Students

CBE International acts where Christian faith, global humanitarian work, and women’s equality intersect. Gender equality is not attainable without addressing underlying cultural and faith-based beliefs that devalue and disempower women and girls, making them vulnerable to abuse. CBE collaborates with ministry leaders and other change agents in Sub-Saharan Africa to address gender power imbalances with culturally appropriate biblical resources. For more information, visit cbe.today/outreach

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse
People of African descent

In the US, 1 in 3 women have survived physical violence by an intimate partner, and studies show abuse is as common in the church as anywhere else. Exploring the link between deeply held views about women’s worth and the consequences of their devaluation, CBE’s newest book, Created to Thrive, provides solutions to create a safe space where all members can flourish. This book will help pastors address and prevent abuse. Its evaluation tool will help churches uncover subtle sexism they may be unaware of.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships

For centuries, Christians have relied on flawed and sexist Bible translations that contribute to the devaluation of girls and women. Thus, CBE launched an initiative to examine the biblical passages most often distorted to demean females, fueling their marginalization and abuse. We recruited an expert team of women and men from diverse ethnic, racial, geographic, and denominational backgrounds to work on translating 300+ Bible verses (60+ different passages) that will provide exegetically-sound, gender-accurate, and accessible English translations. Translators just finished round 2 of a rigorous 6-step translation process.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups
Victims of crime and abuse
Christians
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups
Victims of crime and abuse
Researchers

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2009

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2010

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2011

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2012

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2013

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2011

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2012

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2013

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2014

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2015

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2016

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2017

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2018

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2019

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2020

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2021

Awards

Awards of Excellence for publishing 2008

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2009

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2010

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2011

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2012

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2013

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2014

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2015

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2016

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2017

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2018

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2019

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2020

Evangelical Press Association

Higher Goals in Christian Journalism 2021

Evangelical Press Association

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2009

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2010

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2011

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2012

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2013

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2014

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2015

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2016

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2017

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2018

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2019

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2020

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Christians, Women and girls, Men, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures CBE’s Key Result Area 2 goal to empower Christians for egalitarian advocacy and to extend CBE’s reach and influence. See strategic plan. Data reflects fiscal year-end (March 31)

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Christians, Women, Men, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures CBE’s Key Result Area 2 goal to empower Christians for egalitarian advocacy. We were not able to hold a conference in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.

Number of donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Christians, Women and girls, Victims of crime and abuse, Men

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures CBE’s Key Result Area 3 to maintain an effective, sustainable, and efficient organization. See strategic plan. Data reflects fiscal year-end (March 31)

Additional revenue and wages generated attributable to the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Christians, Women and girls, Men, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes subscriptions, honorariums, royalties, memberships, book store sales, in-kind donations, advertising revenue, and interest income.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Christians, Women and girls, Men, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures CBE’s Key Result Area 2 goal to empower Christians for egalitarian advocacy and to extend CBE’s reach and influence. See strategic plan. Data based on fiscal year-end (March 31)

Number of unique page views for CBE journal, magazine, and blog

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Christians, Women and girls, Men, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures CBE’s Key Result Area 2 goal to empower Christians for egalitarian advocacy and to extend CBE’s reach and influence. See strategic plan. Date reflects fiscal year-end (March 31)

Number of grant requests

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Christians, Women and girls, Men, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures CBE’s Key Result Area 3 to maintain an effective, sustainable, and efficient organization. See strategic plan.

Number of donor gifts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Christians, Women and girls, Men, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures CBE’s Key Result Area 3 to maintain an effective, sustainable, and efficient organization. See strategic plan. Data reflects fiscal year-end (March 31)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CBE International develops resources and partnerships that challenge patriarchy as a biblical ideal. CBE creates award-winning publications and blog, sponsors yearly conferences, coordinates local chapters, 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 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.

CBE works beside like-minded leaders on projects worldwide to advance the shared dignity and leadership of males and females, CBE's strategic plan addresses 3 key result areas:
1. Education
2. Advocacy
3. Maintain an effective, sustainable organization to enable 1 and 2

Each key result area is advanced through measurable 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 the Evangelical Theological Society, and/or number of egalitarian scholars in leadership or published in it’s journal
4. Increased demand for egalitarian resources
a. Number of new egalitarian books in publisher catalogs
b. Sales, shares, citation, of CBE resources

CBE has been challenging theological and social barriers to women’s equality since 1988. As the largest portal of egalitarian resources, CBE collaborates with the most extensive egalitarian Christian network worldwide. Working with more than 100 denominations in over 65 countries we provide education, biblical resources, support, and leadership to advance the biblical basis for the shared authority, leadership, and service of women and men. Our members, donors, and ministry partners provide contributions for the vision and execution of objectives in each of the three key result areas (cited above), 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 supports sister organizational projects 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 has expanded global outreach:
-- Translated CBE’s founding statement, “Men, Women and Biblical Equality," into over 30 languages.
-- Translated Still Side by Side, CBE's primer on women’s equality as a biblical ideal, into 30 languages.
-- Increased circulation of CBE publications, which include an academic journal (Priscilla Papers) and a popular magazine and blog (Mutuality). These publications have received nearly 50 publishing awards and are available at ebsco.com, academia.com, JSTOR, and through subscription.
-- Hosted annual conferences in domestic, international, and online venues.
-- CBE’s 13 regional chapters and sister organizations hosted events.
-- Engaged Christians at conferences around the world. Dr. Mimi Haddad, CBE's president, maintains a regular speaking schedule and teaches at 2 academic institutions.
-- CBE hosts the most expansive free library of resources on women, men, mutuality, and the Bible. Thousands of articles, book reviews, lectures, e-books, and translations of Still Side by Side are available FREE at cbeinternational.org. Lectures also reach a worldwide audience via SoundCloud, YouTube, and WordMp3.
CBE’s website receives one million visitors each year.
-- CBE adopted the Mutuality Matters podcast, offering the latest conversations on women, men, mutuality, and the Bible. It also explores the intersection of sexism, racism, and religion, and the global impact of egalitarian activism.
-- Established a partnership with the Publish4Africa network of Christian print shops, sharing dozens of books in several languages for free download.
-- Partnered with ministry leaders in Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe to reach thousands of people with the good news of women’s equality as God’s design.
-- Built a sustainable financial base and skilled staff for new and existing ministry opportunities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Christians for Biblical Equality

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeannette Cochran

No Affiliation

Term: 2021 - 2022

Jackie Anderson

Sarah Ago

Rhonda Walton

Vince Huffaker

Boaz Johnson

Cynthia Aceves-Lewis

Nancy Graf Peters

Levi Murray

Kathy Rankin

Wilmer Villacorta

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data