Women's ordination in Baptist churches

Report describes increased numbers and new roles
Approximately 1,600 women in U.S. moderate-to-progressive Baptist groups have been ordained to the ministry, according to a new report released by Baptist Women in Ministry.

Authors Eileen Campbell-Reed and Pamela Durso released the study at the organization’s annual meeting June 21 in conjunction with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s meeting in Atlanta. Sixty women were ordained last year, they said.

Fewer than 10 percent of the 1,600 women are in pastoral posts—102 serve as pastors, co-pastors or church-starters in churches affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the Baptist General Convention of Texas or the CBF, the groups most closely aligned with Baptist Women in Ministry.


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