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Pakistan: Educators Celebrate Pastors, Invest in Leadership Development

Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins teaches in Pakistan.

By Carl Stagner

Earlier this year, we brought you the story of “Facebook Seminary”—an innovative, online approach to providing quality education to pastors-in-training in Pakistan. Every Saturday evening during their semester, they gather around a screen to learn under the teaching of Anderson University adjunct professor, Dr. Sarah Blake LaRose. The George Theological College in Karachi, Pakistan, originally hoped that a theological professor from the United States could actually come and teach for at least a year, but the costs were prohibitive. Thus, the Facebook idea was born. Sarah has now taught the Pakistani students for three semesters using the free video option of Facebook Messenger. Continue reading

Women-in-Ministry Support Expands as CWC Assumes Leadership of Qara

By Jim Lyon

From its inception, the Church of God movement has been an advocate for gender equity, seating and celebrating both women and men in all chairs of ministry and church leadership. This theology and practice are grounded in a deep vein of Scripture which elevates both men and women as the imago dei. At the dawn of the New Testament church, the apostle Peter quotes the prophet Joel, saying, “In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy” (Acts 2:18 NLT). Continue reading

MaryAnn Hawkins Named Dean of AU School of Theology and Christian Ministry

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Anderson University President John Pistole recently announced the appointment of Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins as the next dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Hawkins will succeed Dr. James Lewis upon his retirement. She will begin her responsibilities as the first female dean on July 1, 2016. Continue reading

Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Names CHOG Clergywoman as President

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Rev. Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins, Church of God (Anderson) has been chosen to serve a three-year term as the new president of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy. Hawkins, a member of the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy board of directors since 2008, is a professor of intercultural studies and associate dean at Anderson University School of Theology. Continue reading

Unique Opportunity Available for Women in Ministry

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By Carl Stagner

Nazarenes, Free Methodists, Wesleyans, The Salvation Army, Brethren in Christ, Evangelical Friends, and the Church of God. What do they all have in common? Besides roots in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, Jesus is certainly the subject of their respective ministries. But unique to these groups is a commitment to the support of women in ministry. While each group may often have trouble rallying their congregations around women in ministry, they draw from a heritage of dynamic women clergy. In mid-April, women in ministry will gather together for a unique time of worship, preaching, and networking. Also marking the occasion will be a leadership change that brings this group back to its Church of God roots. Continue reading

KIST Announces Indigenous Leadership

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Since the mid-1990s, Kima International School of Theology has prepared students from Kenya and all over Africa for a life of service to God and their communities. KIST has faced several challenges through the years, but through the grace of God and continued support, it is overcoming them. The school recently named a Kenyan graduate, who is also a female, as academic dean. The shift to indigenous leadership continues as KIST prepares to fill the position of principal. Continue reading

Women in Ministry Conference Refreshes and Equips

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By MaryAnn Hawkins

For twenty years the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy organization has convened the international Come to the Water conference. This year’s conference gathered at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, April 11–14, 2013. The theme of the conference was “Rise Up.” Continue reading

New Book Examines Women in Ministry

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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