Brethren in Christ Study Conference 2019
The 2019 Brethren in Christ study conference was held on October 11, 2019, at the Grantham Church.
It focused on the theme "Empowering Women in Ministry."
The conference was co-sponsored by Awaken, the Brethren in Christ network for women in ministry.
Major conference sessions were recorded and will be posted online in the near future.
Printed versions of the major sessions will also appear in the April 2020 issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life, the journal of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society.
About This Year's Conference
This conference seeks to celebrate women in ministry in the Brethren in Christ Church U.S. and to kindle the church’s passion for seeing women discover and use their God-given gifts in mutual ministry within the body of Christ. It will encourage leaders and laypeople in the Brethren in Christ Church to consider such questions as:
- How have Brethren in Christ women served the church in the past? How are they serving in the present?
- How can the Brethren in Christ Church empower women to embrace and thrive in Spirit-directed ministry?
- How can we all encourage, support, strengthen, and advocate for women in ministry in our denominational family?
Attending this conference is an opportunity to fulfill one Lifelong BIC Learning credit, an expectation for all Brethren in Christ pastors within each renewal period.
Major Conference Sessions and Speakers
Celebrating Women's Stories: Women Leaders in the Brethren in Christ Church (panel discussion)
Heather Beaty (moderator), Esther Spurrier (Brethren in Christ World Missions, Zambia), Cedra Washington (Harrisburg BIC Church), Rachel Sensenig (Circle of Hope), and Heather Brickner (Branch and Vine)
Empowering Women in Ministry in the Wesleyan Tradition
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church
Lead with Imagination: How to Cultivate Women Leaders in Our Churches
Dr. Janette H. Ok, Assistant Professor, Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, Azusa Pacific Seminary