Women In Ministry


Sometimes just speaking up can make a difference.

As part of an initiative, “Celebrating the Gifts of Women in Ministry,” The Women in Ministry Advisory Team is gathering names of American Baptists who support the ministerial leadership of women for our churches.

We invite you to join us in a public affirmation of the gifts that women bring to ministry and for the vision of the full partnership of men and women in professional church leadership. We intend to highlight the support that is widespread in the ABC—but may not be widely known—in order to encourage others to join in this momentous movement.

By signing this letter, you will become an advocate with us in celebrating and supporting women’s gifts for ministry.  We will use this letter to encourage others to support women as equal partners with men in ministering to all God’s people. Our goal is to obtain a minimum of 10,000 signatures from American Baptists to show our support for women ministerial leaders not only in our denomination but throughout the whole wide world!

Would you like to join in this movement and sign this letter?  If so, click on this link: http://www.abc-usa.org/what_we_believe/abc-organizations/abwim/openletter/

In the closing words of the letter, “It is our hope and prayer that we all may fully utilize our God given gifts and fully live out our God given call for the good of all and the glory of God!

Thank you for your support!  May God abundantly bless you!

Rev. Patricia Hernandez, National Director ABWIM
Pastor Laura Ayala, Advisory Team Convenor
Jeremy Fackenthal
Rev. Soozi Ford
Dr. Susan Gillies
Michelle M. (Micky) Holmes
Rev. Atula Jamir
Rev. Miriam Mendez
Rev. Nikita McCalister
Rev. John W. Polite
Rev. Dr. DeeDee Turlington
Rev. Tom Wiles
Rev. Dr. Betty Wright-Riggins

March On!

March On! Shining the Spotlight on American Baptist Women in Ministry” is a movement begun by American Baptist Women in Ministry.  It is the collective cheer of American Baptist Women in Ministry and our supporters to “Shine the Spotlight” on women in ministry within our denomination who are answering the call to serve God in the name of Jesus Christ as a way of increasing awareness of women serving in ministry and of supporting their calling so that God’s call can be answered again and againand the fullness of God’s story can be told to all people, in all places, for all generations to come.

To learn more about this new initiative as well as to donate, click here.   When you donate, you may do so in honor of or in memory of someone who has played a meaningful role in your ministry.  Their name—as well as yours—will be noted on our donor page.

“Get Your Stole On!”

As part of the March On campaign we are inviting women to wear their stoles everywhere and anywhere throughout the whole month of March, highlighting and illuminating the many gifted and called women serving in multiple ways, in a multiplicity of places, in a mosaic of meaningful ministry, changing our world, transforming our lives. You can even upload a picture on the “Get Your Stole On”  facebook page!   Also email your picture to Joyce Lake (Joyce.Lake@abc-usa.org ) so that we can build a repertoire of the many gifted American Baptist Women in Ministry!

Worship Resources

As part of Shining the Spotlight on American Baptist Women in Ministry and our special emphasis in March, The Women’s Together in Ministry network of Greater Cleveland, founded and facilitated by Rev. Christine Smith, has developed resources to use in celebrating and supporting women in ministry.  Many thanks to this wonderful network of women and the rich resources they have pulled together!  You may find it by clicking here. And, click here to view “Women in Ministry for This Present Age—A Poem,” written by Barbara Essex.

Finally, while we celebrate the history of all women this month, let’s give special thanks to some of the pioneering women in ministry:

Anne Hutchinson – challenged the authority of the clergy especially as regards the role of women 

Clarissa Danforth – first woman ordained as a Free Will Baptist minister

Louise “LuLu” Fleming – first African-American commissioned woman missionary

Helen Barrett Montgomery  – first woman president of the Northern Baptist Convention

Julia Given Hunt (Odle-Tay-Die)- first Kiowa woman missionary interpreter

Edith Hill –  one of the first women to be ordained in the American Baptist Churches

Mayvis Shao-Ling – first American Baptist seminary trained Asian Pacific woman to be ordained

Ruth Maldonado – first woman to serve in an executive position with ABC of Puerto Rico

With these and so many other remarkable women, we March On!!!


Sisters on the Sea Conference Cruise
If you have been longing to connect with sisters in ministry and have been looking for a new way to do so, consider this special opportunity. No matter what context of ministry you serve in, no matter what your role, come to:

Relax together with sisters in ministry for friendship and fun.

Relate to one another and to Jesus Christ through guided conversation, prayer experiences, worship, and Scripture.

Renew yourself for the ministry to which God has called you.

For more information and to register visit: http://www.abwministries.org/eventDetails.aspx?EventId=8

This opportunity is a partnership between ABWIM and AB Women’s Ministries.


Support ABWIM – Give to March On!


NEW Mission Table 2015: Case Statement on Women in Ministry 

For Background information on the Case Statement, click here.


Celebrating God’s Call

Responding to God’s Call (Molly Marshall)

Challenging Gender Discrimination in the Church (Marvin McMickle)

A Biblical Basis for Equal Partnership:
Women and Men in the Ministry of the Church (David Scholer)

*Bible Studies*

Junia: A Bible Study and Story-Telling Resource for the Church

The Question About 1 Timothy 3  (PDF)

Bible Study on Women In Ministry (June 2014)

Bible Study on Women In Ministry  (PDF)

*ABCUSA Policy Statements and Resolutions*

American Baptist Resolution on the

American Baptist Resolution on the

American Baptist Policy Statement on

*Additional Resources*

NEW Women as Stewards of Social Change: The Narratives of American Baptist Women Who Held Senior Leadership Positions as Pastors, Deacons, and …

Click here to view Dr. Sherry Anderson’s bio and abstract.

Resource List for Retiring Pastors

The Ordination of Edith Hill


Remembering Ronny (Rev. Veronica Lanier): One Woman’s Witness


WomenWord – Latest Issue


ABWIM Advisory Team Travels “Out of the Box” to Puerto Rico

*Worship Resources*

2013 Worship Resource Booklet
2013 Worship Resource Poem

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