Leading Women: Our First Day by Pam Durso

There are really no words for what happened yesterday in Knoxville as women gathered for worship, conversation, laughter, and beautiful music. What a day. From LEAD Talks by our favorite leading women: Kasey Jones, Molly T. Marshall, and Suzii Paynter to a powerful service of praise and worship led by Ossie McKinney and Meredith Stone. There are no words . . . but there are lots of pictures. Selfies. We began our time by making new friends, celebrating old friends, and taking selfies! And we used the hashtag #leadingwomen2017. Among my favorite selfies from the day are these:

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Leading Women . . . Today by Pam Durso

Today. Finally. After a year of dreaming and planning and preparing, Leading Women begins today. And I am ready! For those of you who weren’t able to make it to Knoxville, follow our gathering on the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Facebook Live, or follow us on twitter and Facebook at #leadingwomen2017.

Among the leading women who will be with us in Knoxville are Raquel Contreras, Kasey Jones, Molly T. Marshall, Carol McEntyre, Ossie McKinney, Suzii Paynter, and Meredith Stone. THIS IS WHAT LEADING WOMEN LOOK LIKE!

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Pam Durso is executive director, Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia. 

By What Authority Do I Preach: The Words of Nancy Sehested by Pam Durso

Three weeks ago, I sat at my desk, looking over my lecture notes. My Baptist History class at McAfee begins at 1:30, and it was THE day we were scheduled to discuss twentieth-century developments. That class day always includes watching a 1987 PBS video, featuring Bill Moyers. The video is titled “Battle for the Bible,” and it is an overview of the controversy within the Southern Baptist Convention in the early 1980s. About half-way through the video, Moyers interviews Nancy Sehested, who in 1983 helped found Baptist Women in Ministry.

I have met Nancy several times, and we email occasionally. She is one of my heroes of the faith. As I scanned my class notes that morning, my Inbox chirped, and I looked up to see that an email had come in from Nancy. I responded and told Nancy that my students on that very day were reading the sermon she preached at the first BWIM worship service in 1983 and then they would hear would be hearing her words from 1987 interview with Moyers. And Nancy responded, “Spirit mischief!” I love that thought. The Spirit is at work–with joy!

Attached to  the email from Nancy were the remarks she had made in 1987 to the Shelby Count Baptist Association. Her words were powerful and need to be heard in 2017–thirty years later. Thanks, my friend, Nancy, for your prophetic voice, your courage in speaking truth, and your legacy of faithfulness! 

On October 19, 1987, the Shelby County Baptist Association held its annual meeting at Audobon Park Baptist Church. Some weeks earlier a group of pastors meeting at Bellevue Baptist Church had assigned the Credentials Committee to investigate the “doctrinal soundness” of Prescott Memorial Baptist Church for having called a female pastor, Rev. Nancy Hastings Sehested. The Committee reported to the annual meeting that its investigation revealed that Prescott had been able to give both historical and Scriptural bases for its decision, and that in view of varying practices among member churches it would be unfair to single out one church for action. The messengers rejected the Committee’s report, and a motion was made to withdraw fellowship from Prescott for “irregularities that may threaten the fellowship of the Association.” The motion carried. While the motion was being debated, Rev. Sehested rose to speak, and a motion was made to cut off debate. After some confusion she was permitted to speak. She walked to the pulpit so she could face the audience, which was largely hostile, and made the following extemporaneous remarks:

I am Nancy Hastings Sehested, messenger from Prescott Memorial Church, pastor of Prescott Memorial Church, and servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am a full-blooded Southern Baptist. My mother is a Southern Baptist deacon. My grandfather was a Southern Baptist minister for 70 of his 93 years. My dad is a retired Southern Baptist minister for 50 years of ordained ministry. My four siblings were the creative ones in our family, choosing creative careers. But me? No. I decided to follow in my dad’s and granddad’s footsteps and become a pastor.

By what authority do I preach?  That question you ask of me. It is not a new question. It is a question that was asked of our Lord Jesus Christ on a number of occasions. He had not the authority of the religious establishment, not the authority of the state. By what authority did he minister? By the authority of none other than the Holy Spirit that moved in his midst. And so by what authority do I preach and bear witness to my faith? By the authority of the Southern Baptist Convention? By the authority of the Shelby County Baptist Association? By the authority of Prescott Memorial Baptist Church? No. No, my brothers and sister. By the authority of the Lordship of Jesus Christ, who did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, becoming a servant. And following in his footsteps, as a servant of Jesus Christ, who took the towel and basin of water and exemplified the kind of servanthood that each one of us is called to live under, I found a towel with my name on it. And each one of us has a towel with our name on it.

And who was it that taught me this wonderful freedom of the spirit? My Sunday School teachers. My pastor. My Southern Baptist church, who nurtured me and said, “God calls each one of us, so listen! Listen, Nancy!” And so I listened. They never said, “God calls each of you and with God everything is possible, remember, except to be able to stand behind a pulpit. Women can’t do that.” They never said that. They said, “With all things—God is able to do all things.” The winds of the Spirit blow where they will. And we do not know whither they come and whither they go. No, you’re right. It is not the autonomy of the local church that is under question here. It is not the autonomy of the Shelby County Baptist Association that is under question here. What is facing us is whether or not we will once again say that the freedom of the Holy Spirit is acting among us to call each one of us in whatever way we can to serve our Lord and witness to his light.

And while we are in this place debating about who can or cannot stand behind a piece of wood, there’s a world out there. And the cries of that world are growing louder. There’s a world that is desperately in need of all of us, a hurting world that is desperately needing each one of us to offer a word of healing and hope and the light that we carry within us. Are we going to say to that world that not all things are possible with God? Are we going to say to that world, “No, not all things are possible. A woman cannot preach!” But as you know, all things are possible with our God. And so, what will we do tonight? How will the world hear us tonight? Peter and John were questioned—by the religious people! They wondered, “How can uncommon and ‘irregular’ people like you preach and heal?” And what did they say? You’ll remember that what they said was, “Whether it is right in the sight of God, you must judge. But I cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” And whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge. For I cannot but speak of what I have seen and heard of a loving God, of a God who reaches out to each one of us, of a God who calls all kinds of “irregular” people like a murderer like Moses; to be a leader of people; and a persecutor like Paul, to be a leader of the early church; and women and men of all kinds of backgrounds: He transformed their hearts.

Are we going to say no to this incredible God who calls each of us? You’ll remember that Jesus was questioned about his Biblical interpretation—in his own home town by his people at his church, who wondered if he was reading Scripture right by his interpretation of Isaiah 61. And you’ll remember that they did not like his interpretation because he included people who they thought needed to be excluded. So I leave you with my testimony.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

because God has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor.

God has sent me to proclaim release to the captives,

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Pam Durso is executive director, Baptsit Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia.

Faith and Hope Triumphant by Pam Durso

Holy Week.

Remembering all the events that seem crammed and overflowing into that last week in Jesus’ life. Pondering the words he spoke, the conversations he had, his teaching in those last few days. Thinking about the conflicting emotions–anxiety mixed with confidence, fear mixed with courage, certainty mixed with doubt. Walking with him into familiar places and new situations. And then that slow journey to the cross. The slow journey to death.

Phillips-Brooks-718x1024I never want to rush past this week straight to Easter morning. Yet this morning as I was pondering the lessons I am learning during this Holy Week, I remembered my favorite Easter carol. We don’t talk much about Easter carols, but there is one I love, written by Phillips Brooks.

Brooks is best known for composing the Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” He is also known to have been a caring mentor, a faithful rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia and then Trinity Church in Boston, an extraordinarily gifted preacher, and a professor of ethics at Harvard. Perhaps his least known claim to fame is that he resides on a distant branch of my family tree. We both descend from the Phillips family, who sailed to Massachusetts Bay in 1630 aboard the Arbella.

Of all these accomplishments (not being my relative but the others), what I wish Brooks were known for is his Easter carol. The first verse is the best:

 

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope triumphant say,
Christ will rise on Easter Day.

These words have always spoken to me, but this year, even more so. Life is strong. Stronger than dark. Stronger than wrong. For indeed, Christ will rise!

Pam Durso is executive director, Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia.

Pastor Emerita: Celebrating Tillie Duncan by Pam Durso

I attend a good number of ordinations–my personal record is ten in 2015! I also am invited to a few installations every year, but this past Sunday was a new experience for me. On April 2, I sat in the sanctuary of Sardis Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and smiled to myself while that congregation commissioned Tillie Duncan as pastor emerita. There may be other Baptist women who have received this honor, but Tillie is the only one I know about. And the honor is well deserved!

Beginning her ministry journey a little later in life, after teaching school in North, Carolina, Ohio, and Kentucky and mothering three sons, Tillie enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in 1993. Following graduation, she served for nearly six years as missions minister at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte, where among other things she did chaplaincy work in two mobile home parks.

Tillie DuncanIn 1999, Sardis called Tillie as its associate pastor, and she began her years of service in June of that year. Two months ago, after eighteen years on the church’s staff, Tillie retired. Her colleague, Tim Moore, who served with Tillie most of those years at Sardis, wrote of her: “What has made her such a wonderful pastor is that she has always been willing to serve where she was needed. She has played with preschoolers at VBS; taught weekday Bible classes; sat and listened to the ill and dying; helped guide and direct committees; challenged Sardis children to bowling duels; worked in the heat of summer on mission trip construction projects; faithfully sang in the choir; touched grieving hearts preaching at funerals and praying at gravesites; whitewater rafted with the youth; pulled pork BBQ to be sold for a fundraiser – in short, she never backed away from any challenge, need, heartache, tough conversation, or moment for deep prayer. She kept working to be a better pastor, whether that was in the craft of preaching, collaborative leadership, youth ministry, or spiritual practices.”

On Sunday, as I sat and worshiped with Tillie’s congregation, friends, and family, I realized her retirement and commissioning tell us several important things. The first is that Baptist women have been ministering in churches now long enough to retire! Women have faithfully served churches for decades; they have stayed the course. Women ministers are no longer a novelty. And that is good news.

The second thing I realized is that a woman, an exceptionally gifted, dedicated woman named Tillie, has done such extraordinary ministry that her congregation bestowed upon her an honor that few, if any, other Baptist women have received. Pastor emerita! And that, my friends, is also good news and cause for much celebration.

As part of the service, those present laid hands upon Tillie, and when it was my turn, I whispered to her, “May God give you new opportunities to serve in ways that today you cannot even imagine!” Given her history, I am pretty certain Tillie will keep finding new and fun places of ministry and continue meeting the needs of those whom she encounters.

Blessings on you, our sister, Tillie! And congratulations to you, Pastor Emerita Tillie Duncan!

Pam Durso is executive director, Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Soul and Role: The Journey toward Wholeness by Pam Durso

We all have those books . . . the ones we return to over and over again. One of mine is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it every spring, and as I write this blog, my tattered paperback copy of Harper Lee’s classic is on my nightstand waiting for its 2017 reading.

Another book I return to with great frequency is Parker Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey toward an Undivided Life. It has been a life-changing book, helping me to sort through my hardest questions about ministry and my personal identity. In his small book, Palmer addresses the big topic of our human tendency to live divided lives, lives in which our souls somehow are detached from our roles. He contends that we often hide our true identities from each other, even from ourselves, and as a result, “we become separated from our own souls.”

Palmer’s analysis is true for so many of us, but I think his words are especially true for ministers, and even more especially true for women ministers.

Even though great strides have been made toward parity in ministry, women are still in the minority. Church staffs continue to be dominated by men. Even today, women often make tremendous sacrifices in order to find places in which to serve, and once called by a church, women typically have to work much harder than their male counterparts to sustain their ministry positions. As a result, women sacrifice part of their souls in order to keep the peace. Women ministers all too frequently find themselves silencing their voices, keeping their views to themselves.

Palmer describes this divided life as one in which “we hide our beliefs from those who disagree with us to avoid conflict, challenge, and change; we conceal our true identities for fear of being criticized, shunned, or attacked.”

Every time I read these words in A Hidden Wholeness, I wonder if Parker Palmer has been leafing through my journals or eavesdropping on my prayers for I have spent far too much of my life hiding, avoiding, concealing. I have held back, sat quietly, not interrupted, let things slide. I have not made waves or stirred up trouble. I have gone along, made it work. All that hiding, avoiding, and concealing leaves me feeling divided. Some days I wake up and wonder how I ended up with my identity so disconnected from my daily reality.

Perhaps the reason I return so often to Palmer’s book is not because he diagnoses my life condition so well, but because he offers hope that I can rejoin my soul and my role! In his wisdom, he proclaims that embracing the challenge of wholeness requires “trustworthy relationships, tenacious communities of support.” This is where he sings my song, preaches my sermon. At the very core of what I believe most strongly about ministry, especially about women in ministry, is that we cannot do it alone. We need each other. We need communities of support. We need friends and colleagues, families and parishioners to walk this journey with us.

What I have found to be most true for me is that I need friends who will call me out, who will ask me the hard questions, who will name my weaknesses, confront my sins, and address my deficiencies. I need friends who also will call out my giftedness, who will tell me the truth about my areas of strength, who will push me toward grace and call on me to forgive myself. I need friends who will dream with me, see my possibilities, and imagine with me what my life might look like, how it could all turn out. I need friends who will pray with me and for me. I need friends who help me in the reconnecting my soul with my role.

Because I am beyond blessed, I have a small circle of friends who have been for me “tenacious communities of support” and who have helped me in my never-ending journey toward wholeness. In your own journey, may you too be blessed with trustworthy friends who share your joy and sadness and who remind you often that you are not alone. May you have companions who encourage you toward wholeness.

Pam Durso is the executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry.

Founding Mothers by Pam Durso

March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time to do some remembering. March is also the month in which Baptist Women in Ministry was dreamed into existence. A planning meeting was held in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 20-21, 1983, and the thirty-three women who attended that meeting are our founders. We lovingly call them our founding mothers.

It seems only right that we honor and remember those thirty-three women by naming their names:

Becky Albritton
Pat Ayres
Pat Bailey
Linda McKinnish Bridges
Harriett Clay
Reba Sloan Cobb
Jeni Cook
Anne Davis
Pearl Duvall
Velma Farrell
Nancy Foil
Lela Hendrix
Cindy Harp Johnson
Molly T. Marshall
June McEwen
Barbara McNeir
Karen Conn Mitcham
Anne Thomas Neil
Carol Noffsinger
Brenda Paddleford
Betty McGary Pearce
Nina T. Pollard
Verna Quirin
Inez Register
Nancy Hastings Sehested
Linda Stack
Evelyn Stagg
Susan Taylor
Lynda Weaver-Williams
Carolyn Weatherford
Jenny Graves Weisz

Today, and every day, I give thanks for these women who recognized the great need for an organization that would do the work of connecting, networking, and advocating for Baptist women ministers. I give thanks for these women who made sacrifices of their time and resources to create something new, something significant that would give support and care to gifted and called Baptist women. I give thanks for these women who dared to dream big and to challenge Baptists to re-imagine a new future with women serving in all capacities of ministry. I give thanks for these women who made Baptist Women in Ministry a reality!

Pam Durso is executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia. The featured photo is from the 1985 gathering of what was then Southern Baptist Women in Ministry. Molly T. Marshall was one of the preachers for worship that year.

Baptist Women in Leadership: Then and Now, 2010 and 2017 by Pam Durso

“Leadership roles in major institutions still elude women. According to Catalyst, women hold less than 3 percent of the chief executive jobs in the Fortune 500 (and that is the highest number ever) and less than 16 percent of corporate officer jobs (a number that has remained static since 2002).” So begins the 2010 book, Her Place at the Table: A Women’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success, by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, and Carol Frohlinger.

The same year that the book was released eighty-four leaders within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship movement, then led by executive coordinator Daniel Vestal, gathered at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. These Baptists spent three days talking about CBF’s future. I had the good fortune of being present and had the opportunity to address the group. I looked back this week at my presentation manuscript and discovered that I said essentially the same thing that the authors of Her Place at the Table wrote in their introduction: “Leadership roles of major Baptist organizations still elude women.”

Molly Marshall headshot

Molly T. Marshall

I started with these words: “I feel comfortable saying that in this room are gathered some of the strongest supporters of women in Baptist life. Indeed, the Cooperative Baptist movement from its very beginning has placed itself firmly and vocally on the side of women. Every year for twenty years now women have led worship at General Assembly, women have served communion, and women have preached. CBF national and state organizations have had women serve as moderators and as members of their coordinating councils. Most of the CBF-affiliated theological schools have women faculty members, and Central has Molly! (Molly T. Marshall, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas). Several CBF schools have 50% female student populations. Over 100 CBF-affiliated churches have women serving as pastors or co-pastors, and most CBF churches have women staff members and have women serving as deacons. Women have held visible leadership roles in this Baptist movement.”

I was a lot younger seven years ago and either naive or really brave because the next words I said were: “Here is when I meddle some . . . look around this room filled by some eighty leaders in CBF life. How many women do you see? How many of the women in this room are serving in top leadership positions? How many of the women present are coordinators and executives of CBF organizations and its partner organizations?”

I do remember pausing and gulping a bit after I said that. But here is what I remember of that room in 2010. Other than Molly, there were no other women seminary presidents in the room, because no other CBF seminary had a female president in 2010. There were no CBF state/regional organizations that had a paid female coordinator in 2010, and I think I may have been the only or at least one of the only executive directors of CBF-partner organization present (I was near the conclusion of my first year with BWIM, and at that point, there was certainly no guarantee that the organization would even survive).

Linda McKinnish Bridges

Linda McKinnish Bridges

What a difference seven years has made! The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is now led by Suzii Paynter. There are now four CBF state/regional organizations led by women: Rhonda Blevins in Kentucky, Phyllis Boozer in the northeast, Terri Byrd in Alabama, and Trisha Miller Manarin in Mid-Atlantic. And just this year we have added names to our list of women leaders. Amanda Tyler began service as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty on January 3, 2017, and just this week, the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond announced that Linda McKinnish Bridges is their presidential candidate.

Seven years ago, I knew that it was critical for Baptists to have female executives and coordinators. I was convinced that for shifts to happen within Baptist life a few women would have to shatter those ceilings of glass and move into the top leadership roles. In 2010, women’s leadership was important to me for so many reasons, but mainly because I knew that for change to happen in local churches, congregations needed to see women leaders serving in the highest roles within our Baptist organizations and schools. I knew that for churches to call women pastors in increasing numbers they needed the female leadership visual. They needed to see in order to believe and to act!

In 2017, I am thankful for search committees who with courage over the past seven years have called gifted women into places of leadership, and I am grateful that our new Baptist visual is giving courage to more and more pastor search committees and congregations.
 

Pam Durso is executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia.

 
The featured image is of Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Women Pastors: The Good News and the Other News by Pam Durso

There are more women serving as pastors than ever before.

Churches are calling women pastors. This assertion is not supported merely by anecdotal evidence. In its recent State of Pastors Report, the Barna Group compiled findings from five different sources, consulted their own research, and concluded that there has been a slow and steady rise of female pastors. According to Barna, one of every eleven Protestant pastors is a woman, and that is triple as many women pastors as were serving twenty-five years ago. Barna’s report was reviewed by Halee Gray Scott in a February 26, 2017 Christianity Today article, which is titled “Female Pastors Are on the Rise.”

The conclusion of the Barna report does not come as a surprise to me. Last summer, Baptist Women in Ministry released its own report–The State of Women in Baptist Life 2015. It is the fourth such report, and I have had the privilege of working on each one of them. You should read the report! But here is what I concluded after I crunched our Baptist numbers.

“When the first State of Women in Baptist Life report was published in 2005, 102 women were identified as pastors or co-pastors serving in churches affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, or the Baptist General Association of Virginia. In 2015, BWIM also gathered information from the District of Columbia Baptist Convention. By the end of 2015, the total number of women pastors and co-pastors had grown to 174, which is a 71% increase over the last ten years. These increases indicate that incremental change is taking place.”

I recently updated my list of pastors and co-pastors. I have been busy adding new names in the last year (and also deleting the names of women who have retired or resigned). The net gain from December 31, 2015 to February 28, 2017 is twelve. Twelve! That is an average of about one per month. My list now has 186 names: 137 pastors and 49 co-pastors. And there are more names to be added soon! The news is good and should be celebrated.

But Scott’s Christianity Today article notes the hard news as well: “study after study finds women must work harder to get hired, promoted, or named to leadership positions.” In Baptist life, the process of being called by a church is painfully slow and often disheartening. Women still hear that old refrain, “Our church isn’t ready yet for a woman pastor,” and women often finish in “second place” to a male candidate.

After working with numerous pastor search committees and talking with many women candidates, I believe that one of the greatest challenges is that of hearing. Search committees and women candidates often “talk past each other.” A search committee member recently said to me, “Hers was by far the best resume, but when we talked with her, she just didn’t seem to want to be our pastor. She wasn’t confident in her calling or in her giftedness.” Meanwhile, a woman candidate said to me, “I invested myself fully in this process. I put my best self out there and was bold in sharing about my calling and giftedness.” The sad reality is that committee member — and that woman — were sitting at the same table, involved in the same conversation!  They were talking to each other but interpreted the experience very differently. I have heard similar stories multiple times in recent years.

My conclusion is that we must create spaces in which search committees and women candidates truly hear each other. That kind of hearing takes work and requires practice. In recent months, I have been reaching out more and encouraging committees to hear beyond just the words said in interviews, and I have been talking with women, coaching them to speak with confidence and clarity in their interviews. There is still  much work to do as we seek to hear one another and as we seek to follow the leading of the Spirit. My prayer is that we will all grow in our attentiveness and listen with care and openness to each other.

Pam Durso is executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia. 

What if You Could Spend Time with Leading Women? by Pam Durso

What if . . . what if you received an invitation to listen to, spend time with, and learn from some of the most fabulous Baptist women around? Would you turn down an invitation? Of course you wouldn’t!

Well, here is your invitation: On April 26-28, join the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist Women in Ministry as we celebrate the influence and voices of women from across the Fellowship movement. We will gather at First Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, for times of conversations, worship, leadership development resourcing, and networking. All women across the fellowship are invited.

This gathering begins at 3:00 on Wednesday, April 26, and concludes at noon on Friday. The good news is that registration is only $90 and includes a blow-out party on Thursday night! If you are a seminary student, a college student, or under the age of thirty, the cost is only $50.

Now for the even better news. If you come, you will hear from Raquel Contreras, Kasey Jones, Molly T. Marshall, and Suzii Paynter, plus you will experience the preaching of Carol McEntrye and Meredith Stone.

PLUS we will have eighteen LEAD Talkers (think TED Talks with a Baptist woman twist). Our LEAD Talkers will focus on topics such as self-care, finances, life-long learning, leadership, mentoring, and advocacy. Be watching for a list of all eighteen! And check out the registration page on the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship website.

You are invited to spent time with, listen to,and learn from these most fabulous Baptist women! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Register for Leading Women here.

Pam Durso is executive director of Baptist Women in Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia.