Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me . . . Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17 NIV)
The first people Jesus commissioned to proclaim the news of his resurrection were women. Let that sink in.
A significant role
Women have always played a vital role in the life of the Church. All three of our denominational missions offerings are named after women, each of whom led Southern Baptists in both missions promotion and engagement.
Research reveals today’s teenagers overwhelmingly identify mothers as their primary source for spiritual guidance and instruction.
- Their primary partners in prayer (63%).
- Their teachers about the Bible and God’s forgiveness (66%).
- Who they converse with about God in general (70%).
- Who they go to with questions about the Bible (71%).
- Who they trust with other faith questions (72%).
- Who encourages their continued connection with a local church (79%).
This data underscores the significant role women play in our spiritual development.
An important direction for Alsbury
This Sunday, May 19, we will respond to a recommendation to add ten individuals to our Deacon Ministry. Three of the ten are women.
Women serving as Deacons is not something new in the Church, though it will be new for our particular church. The decision to exclude women from Deacon ministry is typically based upon an interpretation of Scripture. The Bible does not categorically exclude women from such ministry.
For months our Deacons have questioned how to best increase the effectiveness of their valuable and important ministry. They saw the need for more people serving as Deacons. With the help of small group leaders they identified and interviewed potential additions. All involved continued to pray as ten people were identified.
While less than one-fifth of our Deacons will be women, our Deacon Ministry will improve with their addition. Care will be provided to a larger number of people. Frankly, we anticipate the addition of women will elevate the care provided to the church by each and every Deacon.
Our Deacons unanimously recommend the addition of Andy Beasley, Jarrie Bond, Carter Hayes, Keely Langdon, Kyle Langdon, David Leeper, Frank Stevenson, Gil Weldon, and Sue Wingler to our Deacon Ministry and ask our church family to affirm this recommendation in a called business conference this Sunday, May 19, between our two worship services, or at approximately 10:10 am.
This is an important juncture in many ways. We scheduled the meeting for when the largest number of people will be present. Please pray as we take this step forward to maximize the impact we have upon our community.