Embracing Leadership: Truett Seminary Will Host BGCT Women in Ministry Conference

Women in Ministry
March 19, 2014

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WACO, Texas (March 19, 2014) – The 2014 Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Women in Ministry Conference will be held on Monday, March 24, in George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, with the theme "Embracing Leadership.”

Women in Ministry conferences provide encouragement, ministry equipping, networking opportunities and support in exploring women’s leadership roles in a variety of contexts. Women in Ministry conferences are for women, men, students, ministry professionals and lay persons.

Suzii Paynter will serve as this year’s conference leader. She has served as the executive coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship since 2013, and she was previously the director of the Advocacy Care Center and Christian Life Commission for Texas Baptists. Over the past decade, Paynter has gained a national reputation for her advocacy on important ethical issues such as religious liberty, hunger and poverty, environmental justice, human trafficking and immigration reform. She also received an honorary doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.

Following a general session with Paynter, participants will be able to choose from three discussions: “Preparing for Leadership,” “Living in Leadership” and “Exploring Leadership and Encouragement.” After a lunch break, they can choose from six speakers to listen to during the three breakout sessions.

A pre-conference workshop will be from 3 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday March 23, in Truett Seminary. The workshop, titled “Preparing for Leadership,” will be led by Emily Prevost, Ph.D., director of the department of leadership development and assistant professor of leadership at East Texas Baptist University.

Conference registration for the conference closes Thursday, March 20. The general registration fee is $20 and the student registration fee is $15. The fee for the pre-conference workshop, for students only, is $10.

The 2014 Women in Ministry conference is co-sponsored through contributions of Texas Baptist churches made to the Cooperative Program of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and by Truett Seminary.

For more details on the conference and attending speakers and to register, visit here.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, the Master of Theological Studies, or the Doctor of Ministry degrees that are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world. Within the M.Div. degree program, students can choose concentrations in Biblical Studies and Theology, Christian Education, Ministry Leadership, Missions and World Christianity, Worship Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Sports Ministry, and Youth/Family/Student Ministry. Truett Seminary also offers three Dual Degree programs – a M.Div./MSW and MTS/MSW through a partnership with Baylor’s School of Social Work, a M.Div./Master of Music through a partnership with the Baylor's School of Music, and a M.Div./MBA through a partnership with Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. Visit www.baylor.edu/truett to learn more.

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