Elizabeth & Keith Hall (back) with Delores Bailey.
By Carl Stagner
The pastor of Shady Grove Church of God in Meridian, Mississippi, kept leading her congregation for five-and-a-half years. Others might have opted to let up, slow down, or quit altogether, but Delores Bailey wasn’t going to let cancer get the best of her. She had a divine calling on her life to go and preach the gospel, regardless of the circumstances. Her cancer journey was no cakewalk, but neither were the journeys of people all around her living without Jesus. She had peace; others within her reach needed that same peace. The day before she began her last hospital stay, only one week before she breathed her last, she led two teens to Christ. Her deteriorating condition wouldn’t allow her to baptize these new believers, but as Providence would have it, Delores’s bold witness would continue to give life beyond her own. Continue reading
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CWC’s Arnetta Bailey and Global Strategy’s Colleen Stevenson.
By Carl Stagner
Women were among the earliest pioneers of the Church of God movement, and some of our most outstanding preachers have been, and continue to be, women. In spite of such a rich history dating back to the beginning, not to mention the wealth of biblical support, women—both pastors and laypeople—have not always been given the same opportunities as men. But since 1932, women of the Church of God have rallied together to stand in the gap, not only providing necessary care to countless missionaries, but also being a voice for Christian women everywhere. Though the name of the affiliated agency of the Church of God is different now than it was then, Christian Women Connection’s timeless mission has remained the same, returning to its roots even more in recent years. Still, many men and women are unaware of the incredible depth of vital ministry made possible by CWC today. A recent interview with CWC executive director Arnetta McNeese Bailey takes us behind the manger scenes and beyond the sewing circles to discover there’s far more to CWC than you may know. Continue reading
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Tagged Advent, affiliated agencies, affiliated agency, Arnetta Bailey, Arnetta McNeese Bailey, CBO, Christ's Birthday Observance, Christian Women Connection, Christmas, clergywomen, CWC, egalitarianism, Global Strategy, Immersion Trips, international, Linen Chest, Missionaries, missionary support, missions, Nora Hunter, Reconciliation, resources, women in ministry, women leadeership, Women of the Church of God, Young Ambassadors Program
A collage of Dorothy Colney, Mailes Ndao, and Courtney Rice.
By Megan DeBruyn
At the turn of the twentieth century, labor movements across North America and Europe were gaining momentum, and the landscape of a post-war society was beginning to shift. Birthed out of this movement came women’s suffrage in the western hemisphere, and International Women’s Day along with it. In the years that followed, this worldwide observance has taken on global significance for women in modernized and developing countries alike, seeking to rally around the common goal of female advancement, both politically and economically. Continue reading
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Tagged Africa, Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry, Ann Smith, Burmese, Children of Promise, clergywomen, Courtney Rice, Dorothy Colney, egalitarian, evangelism, female, global, healing, international, International Women's Day, leadership development, Mailes Ndao, Mailesi Ndao, Megan DeBruyn, missions, Myanmar, ordination, Seminary, testimony, witness, women in ministry, women ministers, women pastors, Women's History Month, Zambia
Warner Press, Inc., has published a second edition of the book, Called to Minister, Empowered to Serve, which examines the role of women ministers in the Church of God. First compiled for the 1989 National Consultation on Women in Ministry and Mission, the book has been thoroughly updated with current statistics and chapters by several of today’s leading ministers. Continue reading