There are countless marriage ministries, books, and blogs that come from traditional, hierarchical, complementarian, and egalitarian marriage views. However, marriages continue to struggle.

For over 43 years of Tim + Anne focused on living out God’s creational marriage design of mutuality, and functional equality—what they referred to as co-leadership. The model for living out co-leadership goes all the way back to Eden. From the beginning, the husband and wife were both made in the image of God. They both celebrated the benefits of intrinsic equality while enjoying functional authority. The man and woman were both given the dominion and procreation mandates (Genesis 1:26-27).

In God’s creational marriage design, before sin entered the story, there was no evidence of hierarchy, headship, or the husband designated the wife’s leader, authority, spiritual cover—or mediator.

“For there is one God and one Mediator
who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus
1 Timothy 2:5 NLT

In fact, when, when Jesus talked about marriage in Matthew 19:4-5, he returned to God’s creational design.

If you are interested in discovering more about God’s design for marriage, the REAL LIFE book series unpacks the extraordinary benefits of living out co-leadership. This forerunning message is a legacy for the next generation.

May the God who is both great and good
make your marriage stronger and your hearts braver.
May He create not only a willingness to die for your marriage
but also a passion to live for it.