Mission
AB Women’s Ministries is a Christ-centered ministry with a commitment to encourage and empower women and girls to serve God.


Vision
Every American Baptist church shall have a vital women's ministry program that empowers women and girls to become and develop as God's person, build God's faith community, and serve God's world.


Purpose

As servant leaders, we serve American Baptist churches by encouraging existing vital ministries with women and girls and empowering churches to build such ministries.


Core Values

Our ministry is based on certain non-negotiable values that form a foundation and criteria for all that we do. 

  • We provide Christ-centered ministries.
  • We strive for excellence in all we do.
  • We practice faithful stewardship.
  • We are relevant for women today.
  • We assure that our diversity (clergy/lay, age, geographic, and racial/ethnic representation) as a denomination is represented in our ministries.
  • We affirm and encourage the use of spiritual gifts.
  • We recognize the worth of all women and girls.
  • We value our American Baptist family relationships.

AB GIRLS Covenant

Remembering the words of Christ, who said,
"I am the light of the world," and also
"You are the light of the world"
I promise
to grow in Christ
to share my gifts of time and money, talents and prayer, and
to serve with others in God's world,
So that the Light of Life may shine through me.


Organizational History
American Baptist Women's Ministries became a national organization 1951, with the formation of the National Council of American Baptist women. But women's ministries in our denomination began long before 1951. For well over a century, women have been strong partners in the American Baptist family-raising money for missions at home and abroad, sending missionaries, and ministering in local churches and communities.

Through the years, women have shaped their ministries to meet emerging needs. The Woman's Baptist Society, organized in 1871 (the forerunner of the Woman's American Baptist Foreign Mission Society), focused on women in other lands. The Women's American Baptist Home Mission Society, formed in 1909, centered on evangelism in the United States. The World Wide Guild was established in 1915 to train, inspire, and empower girls for Christian ministry and leadership; it became a program of Educational Ministries. In 1992, AB Women's Ministries affirmed and accepted all responsibility for the girls' ministry and organized it as AB GIRLS.


The Meaning Behind Our Logo 
The logo symbol for American Baptist Women’s Ministries is biblical. The woman depicted in the logo embodies the New Testament women who were among the first to know and believe that Jesus Christ is God’s son. They encountered the cross; their commitment deepened. Commitment leads to the waters of baptism. The woman steps from her baptismal waters confident in her belief in Christ and in her God-given talents and abilities. She carries the lighted lamp, serving the Christ of the empty cross, the light of the world.
The symbol portrays unity. The cross resembles the cross in the American Baptist Churches logo. AB Women’s Ministries is part of the larger church body. The water, symbolizing baptism, unites Christians. The water also symbolizes the oceans and rivers of the earth that connect us with sisters and brothers around the world and reminds us of our global interdependence.
The symbol is filled with life. In the cross there is new life in Jesus Christ. Water sustains physical life. The living water in the person of Jesus Christ is life. The woman, a life-giver herself, carries the light and life of Jesus into the world.


Nuestro emblema
El símbolo que identifica los Ministerios de las Mujeres Bautistas Americanas es bíblico. La mujer representa a una mujer de la Biblia. Encarna las mujeres del Nuevo Testamento que estaban entre los primeros que supieron y creyeron que Jesucristo es el Hijo de Dios. Ellas se encontraron con la cruz y su compromiso con Cristo se profundizó. Tal compromiso conduce a las aguas del bautismo. El artista muestra a la mujer saliendo de las agues bautismales confiada en su creencia en Cristo y en sus talentos y habilidades dados por Dios. Ella carga una lámpara encendida, sirviendo al Cristo de la cruz vacía -la luz del mundo.
El sílmbolo unifica. La figura central, la cruz, es semejante a la que está en el logotipo de las Iglesias Bautistas Americanas. Los Ministerios de las Mujeres Bautistas Americanas es parte del organismo eclesiástico más grande. El agua, que simboliza el bautismo, une a los cristianos. El agua también simboliza los océanos y riós de la tierra que nos ligan con nuestros hermanos y hermanas alrededor del mundo y nos hacen recordar nuestra interdependencia global. El emblema está lleno con vida. En la cruz hay nueva vida -vida eterna - en Jesucristo. El agua sostiene la vida física. El agua viviente en la persona de Cristo Jesús es vida. La mujer, que también da vida, lleva la luz y la vida de
Jesús al mundo.
El emblema expresa nuestro concepto de misión a través de un medio de arte. Dios nos llama a venir a ser y a desarrollarnos como personas de Dios; nosotras creemos y somos bautizadas. Somos llamadas a construir la comunidad de Dios; respondemos al encaminar a la gente al Cristo de la cruz vacía. Cuando llevamos y somos la luz del mundo en nuestro tiempo, respondemos alllamado de servir al mundo de Dios.
Ministerios de la Mujeres Bautistas Americanas -¿quiénes somos y qué hacemos? El logotipo contesta estas preguntas. Y ¡te incluye a ti! AI responder al llamado de Dios en tu vida, tú llegas a ser la realidad de la vision representada por el artista.

 


 

 


2002-2012, AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMEN'S MINISTRIES
A related ministry of www.abc-usa.org

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