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Women in Ministry

Great Reasons Abound to Feel Baptist Pride

Baptists have been my spiritual tribe as I walked my faith journey. From running through the halls of exciting Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attending Baptist summer camps to being trained by Baptist seminaries and employed by Baptist congregations and organizations, I have felt my Baptist pride swell with each passing year. Over […] Read More

Free Micro Docs Will Shine Light on Women in Ministry

“We are 500 years passed the Reformation,” says Rev. Alyssa A. Aldape, “and it is about time we highlight the good and faithful work of women who have graciously, and at times quietly, served as pastors in congregations, communities and hospitals.” This work of Baptist women is now getting the documentary treatment. Baptist Women in […] Read More

Free Short Documentaries to Focus on Women in Ministry

A micro-documentary series focused on women in ministry will be jointly produced by Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) and EthicsDaily.com in 2018-19. Each micro-documentary will share a contextual story of one female minister in the U.S., focusing on her story and the setting in which she ministers. Focal points will include her calling, ministry highlights, […] Read More

Complementarianism: A Separate-But-Equal Knockoff

An article I read recently extoling the virtues of complementarianism nagged at me. It would not let me rest. Complementarianism is a religious construct that deals with the roles of gender. The message is evil at its center. “The SBC has affirmed complementarianism – the belief that the Bible reveals that men and women are […] Read More

Is There Hope for Evangelical Women? – Part 2

Beth Moore’s courage to speak out, even at the cost of her reputation and possibly her ministry, gave me hope that the evangelical world would finally listen. Even so, much work remains to be done in light of the continued support for Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas, even after troubling […] Read More

Is There Hope for Evangelical Women? – Part 1

My daughter and I were walking our new puppy when my phone buzzed. It was a Twitter notification from my fellow blogger Chris Gehrz about Beth Moore’s open letter. I stopped dead and started reading. It was a few seconds before I realized how far I was lagging behind my daughter. “Mom!” she yelled. “What […] Read More

Living in the Shadow of Those Women – 2,000 Years Later

I have been thinking a lot about the women in 1 Timothy, specifically the ones referenced in 1 Timothy 2:11-14. “Let a woman learn in silence with full submission,” the author writes. “I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, […] Read More

Hiding Prejudice Toward Women Behind Religious Mask

Baptist author and Bible study leader Beth Moore published “A Letter to My Brothers” last week, in which she shared, lovingly but honestly, her experience as a woman in the male-dominated world of evangelicalism in general and the patriarchal SBC in particular. If you haven’t read it, you should. The tone of the article isn’t […] Read More

Time to Bust the Myth of Biblical Womanhood

Rachel Held Evans wrote a stunningly provocative book, published in 2012, titled “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” In it, she vividly shows us how “biblical womanhood” is not a constant. It is a culturally constructed concept. For those of you unfamiliar with her book, she spent a year living out as many different versions of […] Read More

Encouraging Your Church to Consider Women in Ministry

Affirming and supporting women in all local church ministry positions is a distinctive of the moderate Baptist movement. Sometimes, it takes instances like the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s removal of First Baptist of Jefferson City, Tennessee, from its fellowship for calling Ellen Di Giosia as pastor to remind us of this distinctive. Baptist Women in Ministry […] Read More