Celebrating the Gifts of Women in Ministry
Please join the ABWIM Advisory Team in affirming the gifts of American Baptist Women in Ministry by signing your name to the open letter to American Baptist churches and leaders, below. Your signature indicates your willingness to publicly endorse this letter’s statement. It also gives permission for ABWIM to publish your name as one of the signers.
The Biblical record and history teach us that through the Holy Spirit, God uses both women and men to fulfill God’s purposes. Both men and women are created in the image of God. Both women and men are gifted for and called to ministry in God’s plan.
Baptist women have served in ordained ministry for well over 100 years, and yet there are still places– even amongst our own beloved American Baptist Churches–where women’s calls are denied or gifts for ministerial leadership dismissed.
American Baptist churches need the full array of gifts of both women and men to grow and flourish. When they are rejected, our churches lose rich resources. And our world suffers.
We, the undersigned American Baptist leaders, refuse to deny the calls or dismiss the gifts women bring to ministry.
We thereby urge all churches and call on church leaders to recognize and celebrate women’s gifts for and call to professional ministry.
We further invite you to join us in taking bold and meaningful steps towards the full inclusion of women in American Baptist ministry and the full expression of their gifts.
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!
To view a current list of signatures, click here.
Questions? Contact Patricia.Hernandez@abc-usa.org.