Reverb holds to a complementarian belief that God created male and female as complementary expressions of the image of God and are counterparts in reflecting His glory.
We believe that men and women are inherently equal in that they are equally created in the image of God. We also believe that men and women have very distinct and different roles in imaging the truth of the gospel regarding Christ’s marriage to His bride, the Church. Having two sexes expands the view. Though both sexes bear God's image fully on their own, each does so in a unique and distinct way. Male and female in relationship reflects truths about Jesus that aren't reflected by male alone or female alone.
The dictionary defines “complement” as follows: Something that completes or makes perfect; either of two parts or things needed to complete the whole; counterparts.
In Our Homes:
In the home when a husband leads like Christ and a wife responds like the bride of Christ, there is a harmony and mutuality that is more beautiful and more satisfying than any pattern of marriage created by man. Biblical headship for the husband is the divine calling to take primary responsibility for Christlike, servant-leadership, protection and provision in the home. Biblical submission for the wife is the divine calling to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts. And therefore when we follow God’s idea of marriage we are most satisfied and He is most glorified (Genesis 2:18-24; Proverbs 5:15-19; 31:10-31; Mark 10:2-12; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; and 1 Peter 3:1-7).
In the Church:
For men and women who have a heart to minister-to save souls, heal broken lives, resist evil, and meet needs, there are tons of opportunity that are simply endless. God intends for the entire church to be mobilized in ministry, male and female. So when the Bible teaches that men and women fulfill different roles in relation to each other, charging man with a unique leadership role, it bases this difference not on temporary cultural norms but on permanent facts of Creation. This is seen in 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 (especially vv. 8-9, 14); Ephesians 5:21-33 (especially vv. 31-32); and 1 Timothy 2:11-14 (especially vv. 13-14). In the Bible, different roles for men and women are never traced back to the Fall of man and woman into sin. Rather, the foundation of this different roles is traced back to the way things were in Eden before sin warped our relationships. Differentiated roles were corrupted, not created, by the Fall. They were created by God.
The same is true of God’s design for the leadership of the church. The realities of headship and submission in marriage have their counterparts in the church. Thus Paul speaks of authority and submission in 1 Timothy 2:11-12.
“Authority” refers to the divine calling of spiritual, gifted men to take primary responsibility as elders for Christlike, servant-leadership and teaching in the church.
“Submission” refers to the divine calling of the rest of the church, both men and women, to honor and affirm the leadership and teaching of the elders/pastors and to be equipped by them for the hundreds and hundreds of various ministries available to men and women in the service of Christ. There are different kinds and levels of teaching and leading that will not be the sole responsibility of men (Titus 2:3; Proverbs 1:8; 31:26; Acts 18:26).
Therefore in answer to God’s call for the Church to be filled with the Spirit and submit to one another, we hold that men bear the primary responsibility for servant like leadership and are solely qualified for the position of Pastor/Elder. At the same time we fully encourage woman to seek all possible opportunities to exercise their spiritual gifts at Reverb for the building up of the body of Christ. Women can hold any office in ministry from Director to Deacon only reserving Pastor/Elder to male leadership ( 1 Timothy 2 & Titus 2) (Eph. 5:22–33; Col. 3:18–20).