Baptist Women in Ministry is excited to expand and formalize its mentoring program in 2017, thanks to a generous grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration. This program offers new ministers an opportunity to participate in a year of intentional mentoring with a group of their peers. The groups are led by an experienced Baptist woman in ministry, and each mentee is a Baptist woman who has served in her current area of ministry for less than five years. These mentoring groups serve as communities of support, encouragement, and guidance.

The 2016-2017 Mentoring Cohort includes five groups: two pastor groups, two outside-the-box ministry groups (ministers working in non-profit, social ministry, academic, chaplaincy settings), and an associate ministry group. The groups gathered in January 2017 at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama.