To be a catalyst in Baptist life, drawing together women and men in partnership with God, to illuminate, advocate, and nurture the gifts and graces of women.
The State of Women in Baptist Life reports were commissioned by the Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) Leadership Team in order to clarify ongoing needs of Baptist clergywomen, bring to light growth and losses, and illuminate nationwide trends. The reports have been issued for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Each report includes statistics regarding women and ordination; service as pastors and co-pastors; ministry on church staffs, and as chaplains, counselors, missionaries, and deacons; leadership in Baptist agencies; participation in theological education; and Baptist women making news.
The 2005 report provided a historical overview of Baptist women serving in ministry.
The 2006 report focused on a sociological approach that surveys the opinions and attitudes of Baptists and compares the place of Baptist women in ministry with the advancement of women in other professions, such as medicine, law, and teaching.
The 2007 report was a celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baptist Women in Ministry as an organization.
The 2010 report is the most latest survey.