Baptist Women in Ministry Month of Advocacy
Fresh off our discussion of The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr, we are invited to spend the month of March advocating for women in ministry.
Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) is a national organization that recognizes, celebrates and advocates for women called by God to ministry. Here is a link to their website.
Northside Drive Baptist Church has a long legacy of women in leadership- from ordaining women as deacons as well as to gospel ministry.
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship began with a strong commitment to women in ministry, yet in 2021 of 1,422 CBF congregations only 105 were served by female senior pastors or co-pastors. Further, a 2021 report by BWIM showed that 63% of women in ministry say that they have had to fight for a place at the table. 59% have said that they have been overlooked and silenced in their ministry settings.
The text of the report explains, “While the systems that prevent women from breaking through the glass ceiling exists in most fields of work, women in Christian ministry face unique challenges when they are met with theological beliefs systems that dispute their capacity for leadership.”
While progress has been made, we have a long way to go towards full egalitarianism.
The issue of women in ministry made headlines last week- with a connection to Northside Drive Baptist Church! The headlines concern our own Donette Lee’s niece Stacie Wood and her husband Andy Wood who are pastors at Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, California. Andy was recently named the successor to Rick Warren (of Purpose-Driven Life fame). Saddleback then named Stacie a teaching pastor. The Southern Baptist Convention responded by ousting Saddleback from the denomination. Here is a link to a helpful article on the subject.
One way that we are participating in BWIM’s Month of Advocacy is by intentionally inviting a woman to preach from our pulpit during the month of March. (Certainly not unique for us.) On Sunday, March 26, we have invited Milligan Burroughs to preach from our pulpit. Milligan is a student in the Master of Divinity program at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Read Amelia’s interview of Milligan in an upcoming Pinnacle.
BWIM has created an interactive calendar with daily opportunities to advocate for women in ministry. I encourage you to join me in participating in these activities. Here is a link to the March advocacy calendar.
The Apostle Paul (albeit with a mixed record on this issue) said it this way, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
May it be so among us.
Rev. Scott Hovey |