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Baptist Women in Ministry’s Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration was a memorable time of worship and fellowship. Over 1,100 gathered at First Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, to celebrate the milestone for the organization and to give thanks to God for the work of Baptist women ministers.
Our preacher for the evening, Nancy Sehested, reminded us with great eloquence of the challenges Baptist women faced thirty years ago: “We did not say to each other ‘Let’s start a justice equality movement for women in the Baptist church.’ We simply stood up and said, “I am. I am called. I am a daughter of God and the church. Thus began our long learning about the use and abuse of power. As you can imagine, we desperately needed each other for mutual support, encouragement, and discernment.”
During the worship service, two new awards were introduced and presented–Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, was named the 2013 Church of Excellence, and Anne Thomas Neil was presented with the first ever Frankie Huff Granger Distinguished Mentoring Award. A video about the two awards is also available: The 2013 Church of Excellence Award and the Frankie Huff Granger Distinguished Mentoring Award
Near the conclusion of the service, Molly Brummett and Heather Mustain were presented as the 2013 Addie Davis Award winners. A video about the awards is available: The 2013 Addie Davis Awards
You can view pictures from the worship service and reception on the CBF website.
Several news stories were written about the anniversary celebration. Bob Allen of Associated Baptist Press wrote BWIM celebrates 30 years and the CBF Communication Department released a news story titled CBF General Assembly kicks off with celebration of 30 years of BWIM.
Blogs about the event were written by Courtney Allen, Tammy Abee Blom, Meredith Holladay, Carol McEntrye, and Brittany Riddle:
The celebration on June 26 was more than anticipated–the crowd was larger, the spirit was warmer, the words were more powerful, and the fellowship was richer. The memories of that evening continue to encourage all who gathered on that stormy Wednesday evening in Greensboro.
2012 Annual Gathering, Fort Worth, Texas–June 20, 2012
Baptist Women in Ministry hosted a worship service and a lunch at Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
This annual worship gathering was a special time filled with good music, insightful preaching, and unforgettable fellowship, and one of the highlights of our gathering was sharing communion, which was led by Suzii and Roger Paynter and was served by Angela Fields, Erin James-Brown, and Stacy and Joey Pyle.
This year’s lunch featured directed conversations around the table, offering participants the chance to explore together relevant topics such as how to balance motherhood and ministry, how to be part of an effective ministry position search, how to help your congregation effect change with regard to women’s leadership, and more. The two winners of the 2012 Addie Davis Awards, Angela Fields and Erin James-Brown, were introduced during lunch.
Co-sponsored by the Texas Baptists Women in Ministry Department and Baptist Women in Ministry, Ready to Respond retreat brought together women students from Howard Payne University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Hardin-Simmons University.
The retreat was held November 11-12, 2011, at Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment in Brownwood, Texas.
Baptist Women in Ministry hosted a worship service and a lunch at Bayshore Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida on June 22, 2011.
Veronice Miles was the proclaimer during the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Veronice is BWIM’s 1999 Addie Davis Preaching Award winner and is now assistant professor of homiletics and Christian education at Wake Forest University Divinity School.
Following worship, 170 peo0ple gathered for lunch and enjoyed the hospitality of Bayshore Baptist Church. The featured speaker at lunch was Susan Sparks, a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist pastor. Susan pastors Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York and author of Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming theSpiritual Power of Humor.
Our book signing was a huge success! Twenty of t he women preachers whose sermons were included in THIS IS WHAT A PREACHER LOOKS LIKE were there to sign books. To read news coverage about the event, click here.
The BWIM Workshop, featuring stories of courage, was well attended, informational, and a great time of conversation! Thanks to Loyd Allen for moderating and to Reba Cobb, Melissa Fox, and Andrea Dellinger Jones for sharing their stories! And thanks to Katrina Brooks for making it all happen!
And our final event, the Lauren Winner breakfast on Saturday morning, was lots of fun. Lauren addressed the ways in which women struggle in relating to other women. Her confessional tone was refreshing and her honesty about this challenge that is not often talked about was insightful!