The North American Division Women Pastors and Chaplains Retreat was held Sept. 11-14, 2016. Themed "Renew," the event offered 160 attendees time to relax, reflect and recommit.
Women in Pastoral Ministry
The Women in Pastoral Ministry building block is based on a human resource platform. It is very specific - increasing female pastors in the North American Division. There are currently 107 female pastors out of 4,000 pastors in our territory. Studies show that fifty percent of the current pastors will be eligible for retirement in the next ten years.
To double the current number of female pastors in the next five years. Part of this would involve creating a more positive environment in the minds of our members that God calls both males and females into His service for pastoral leadership.
1. Communication - Education
Educate local churches of God's call to men and women
Publish articles in union papers
Create and distribute the theological support in laymen's language
Distribute the NAD theology of Ordination Report throughout the division
Create and distribute DVDs and videos of members' response to female pastoral leadership
Develop a special edition of the Review to be mailed to every home
Create an assessment tool to determine a local church receptivity
Actively recruit females who have graduated from the seminary but are working in other professions
Actively recruit females on Adventist colleges and universities who sense God's call to ministry
Compile and maintain a list of highly qualified females who are available for pastoral leadership
Create a website for women to register their interests and be identified
3. Mentoring - Nurturing
Identify female students who sense God's calling
Partner those identified with current female pastors
Develop a curriculum that would train current female pastors as successful mentors
Sponsor an annual conference for female pastors
Organize regional partnerships through teleconference and online communication
4. Funding support
Create a funding formula to encourage the hiring of female pastors
Structure the formula with participation from the division, union, and local conference
Promote the funding formula and its availability throughout the division
Review the funding initiative after five years
HVideo Series on Vimeo for Female Clergy
Wanted! More Female Pastors
Videos that appeared in the first issue of CALLED, A Digital Magazine for Adventist Clergy.
This is an historic event. Why do we say historic? This is the first time that NAD administrators have made this great of an effort to meet with the women clergy of our division in order to hear their stories and gather input for a strategic plan that will support the pastoral ministry of the women in North America.