Women need opportunities to learn and engage in continuing education experiences that are created by women to meet the unique needs of women.
Baptist Women in Ministry seeks to facilitate shared learning experiences to meet these needs.
Currently these opportunities take the form of Book Clubs and Lunch and Learn sessions. In the coming months, we are working to create more opportunities for women to grow their leadership, ministry skills, and theological perspectives in community with one another.
Every spring and summer, BWIM hosts book clubs featuring different books written by women authors and engaging subjects related to women in ministry, leadership, and theology.
Book clubs normally meet once a week for 3-4 weeks, and often include a session with the author! Book clubs are also open to men who are supporters of women in ministry to learn more.
Spring 2024 Book Club
The Spring 2024 BWIM Book Club will meet on:
- March 6th, 12:30 Eastern / 11:30 Central
- March 13th, 12:30 Eastern / 11:30 Central
- March 20th, 12:30 Eastern / 11:30 Central
You must register to receive the Zoom link.
Nice Churchy Patriarchy
Liz Cooledge Jenkins
Even in the warmest and most welcoming evangelical churches, patriarchy looms as an ever-present force, suppressing women’s possibilities and debilitating whole communities. Well-intentioned churchgoers and church leaders have bought into deeply-entrenched male-dominated mindsets, power structures, and theologies that are not working—not for women, and really not for anyone.
Part memoir and part faith-based feminist manifesto, Nice Churchy Patriarchy takes an unflinching look at the ways misogyny’s subtler forms impact every aspect of women’s experiences in church. From leading a church college ministry, to attending seminary, to eventually developing the confidence to preach, Liz Cooledge Jenkins weaves together her own journey with reflections on biblical interpretation, church history, and intersectional feminism.
After confronting misogyny’s faces head-on, Liz goes on to explore how we can build better faith communities together. For all who long to see women’s gifts greeted in churches with gratitude rather than a suspicious side eye, Nice Churchy Patriarchy points the way.
Books we have previously discussed include:
When God Whispered My Name: Stories of Journey by Baptist Women Called to Ministry (Smyth & Hewys, 2022).
Aurelia Pratt, A Brown Girl’s Epiphany: Reclaim Your Intuition and Step Into Your Power (Broadleaf Books, 2022).
Candace Marie Benbow, Red Lip Theology: For Church Girls Who’ve Considered Tithing to the Beauty Supply Store When Sunday Morning Isn’t Enough (Convergent Books, 2022).
Yolanda Pierce, In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith and the Stories We Inherit (Broadleaf Books, 2021).
Joanne Lipman, That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together (William Morrow, 2018).
Lunch & Learn Sessions
Each year BWIM offers 2-4 Lunch and Learn sessions for current and former participants of our mentoring program.
These sessions feature guest speakers who share about resources, ministry tools, or experiences of value to women in ministry and leadership. Topics have included financial literacy, using the enneagram in ministry, and self-care.