In 2019 Baptist Together celebrated 100 years of ordaining women in Baptist Ministry. We as an Association celebrate the gift of women's ministry and the journey that has been made so far. We want to continue to encourage and inspire women to respond to the call of God and to welcome women’s ministry.
As an Association we are committed to the promotion of gender equality and diversity and we will seek:
- The elimination of discrimination on grounds of gender
- To raise awareness in gender equality and diversity within our churches
For more information, or if you ideas and resources to share, please get in touch with our Gender Justice co-ordinator, Rev Julia Henley.
Celebrating, Surviving and Thriving - Women in Baptist Ministry
Women in Baptist ministry have shared in a conference and released the following statement:
'In celebration of the centenary of the recognition of women to be Baptist ministers, we commit ourselves into our shared life and take courage to step forward in living out our call. This conference calls on our Baptist family to support women, of all ages and ethnic and social backgrounds, in the following ways:
By joining with us to celebrate and support the ministry of women, sharing and teaching with vigour the biblical and theological foundations for their affirmation by successive Baptist Union Councils, and reporting the many ways in which women in ministry at all levels are growing our churches and advancing the mission of God.
By making it a priority to identify and utilise women who will mentor, accompany and be role models to women at all stages of exploring a call and of ministry, recognising that all women are different and their experiences vary widely.
By providing frequent opportunities for experience such as apprenticeships, placements, shadowing, preaching opportunities, and by intentionally equipping and calling emerging women ministers and leaders.
By challenging ourselves to be more aware of questions of justice, to reflect on our assumptions and biases, to ensure fairness within our structures, processes and behaviour, such as exploring a call and National Settlement, and commit together to equity of opportunity and expectation.'
- Baptist Together Gender Hub:
They have produced resources for the church including addressing the biblical, historical and practical reasons why the Baptist Union of Great Britain is wholeheartedly working for Gender Justice Click here to visit the national Gender Justice Hub
- The Lydia Question:
This collection of Bible studies and personal stories explore women in leadership produced by Baptist's Together. This resource is designed to give individuals and groups the opportunity to read and reflect on Biblical passages together and also offers suggestions for worship and prayer for small groups. Click Here to Download the Resource
- Project Violet:
Project Violet aims to investigate women’s experiences in ministry whilst developing women ministers. The project will help us to understand more fully the theological, missional, and structural obstacles women ministers face in the Baptist community in Great Britain and identify ways forward.
- BMS Dignity Programme
This excellent resource was developed to bring the reality of gender-based violence out of the shadows and offer support to churches grabbling with the issues. They have produced are a number of helpful resources To find out more click here
Things to Read
- Lausanne Movement
This movement was established 48 years ago and continues to fulfil its unique calling to connect leaders across regions, issues, and generations to collaboratively and prayerfully work toward the advancement of the gospel. Last year they produced a very helpful paper on Gender based violence. Please click here to read it.
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