Volume 2, Issue 12: March 30, 2017

Neglect not the gift that is within you.
— First Timothy 4:14

We have been meeting on Tuesday nights for a discipleship study-in our discussion about servanthood we have been talking about our spiritual gifts. This is my story about my work at discerning my gifts.

“May our young men see Your vision, our young women preach Your grace. . .”

When I was a little girl I liked to play church. For some children it is playing house (and I did that), for others it is pretending to offer protection from a fire-breathing dragon (and I did that), but my favorite was playing church. Growing up Baptist meant that it was one thing I knew very well. I even insisted on taking up a collection. My mother finally gave me some change and assured me that we could use the same money over and over. There was singing and then I would preach.

No one had told me that women could not be preachers. It didn’t take long to get the message, because when I went to church and I went to church a lot, there were no women preachers. It always seemed strange to me that the church would disqualify half of the work force when the task we were about was so big. Showing the world about the love and grace of God takes many hands and hearts. “Shouldn’t we all be about that work?” I thought. I finally decided I would have to settle for being a foreign missionary, because no one really cared if women preached “way over there.”

In 1995 when I told my 82 year old mother I was going to be ordained as a part of answering Broadway’s call, she was thrilled and shared the news with her Sunday School Class. There response was, “She can’t be, Baptists don’t ordain women to the ministry.” It didn’t sit well with her and she said, “Some Baptists do.” Thank God for that.

As a woman minister I am thankful for churches who studied the scriptures and asked the question, “Why not?”

. . . I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
— Joel 3:28

Blessings, Jorene

Lenten Tuesdays
Join us on Tuesdays at 7:00 at the home of Taylor and Bobby Duncan for a Discipleship Study.
Our schedule:
April 11-Mission, CFJ
April 18-Stewardship, CF