Our mission & history

American Baptist Women’s Ministries—empowering women and girls to live into the fullness of who they are created by God to be.
 
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.
  • Work to provide solutions for the social justice challenges and opportunities facing women and girls. 

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.

AB Women's 2020-21 Events

Events that women can look forward to throughout the year. 

  • September 19, 2021 - ABW Sunday @ 10:30 AM

    American Baptist Women's Sunday, ministry focus is “Let the Walls Fall Down” Each year we celebrate American Baptist Women’s Ministries on the 3rd Sunday in September. The theme scriptures for this year are Micah 6:8, Isaiah 1:17, John 13:34 and Ephesians 2:14. 

  • OCtober 2021 - Pastor Appreciate Month

    October is Pastor Appreciation Month, On October 10th American Baptist Women will honor Pastor Jerry with a special gift of appreciation during the 10:30 AM morning worship service. 

  • October 14, 2021 @ 6:30 PM

    From the creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOM, a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on every area of our lives. We will watch the movie and then have a 5 session mini-bible study on what we watched. It will start October 14th at 6:30 PM in East Fellowship Hall. 

  • December 2, 2021

    Ladies Night Out is back!!!!! We will be going to La Mesa for dinner and fellowship. Our mini-project will be to collect stocking caps for the homeless shelter. We will of course have a devotion, games and an ornament gift exchange not to exceed $5. 

  • January - June 2022 - Secret Sisters gift exchange

    Secret Sister Gift Exchange will be starting again in January. We will have a sign-up and survey for everyone to fill out and then we will start our gift exchange on January 2nd. We will have our reveal party on June 26th after the morning worship service. 

  • February 2022 - Love Gift Month

    February is Love Gift month. For Love Gift month we will have the calendars and Love Gift boxes in the foyer for you to pick up. 

  • March 20, 2022 - Potato bar for project

    For the coming year American Baptist Women of the Central Region will be raising $30,000 for Rainbow Acres. Here at First Baptist Church we will be having a potato bar fundraiser to help raise money for the project. 

  • April 2022 - Missionary emphasis month

    April is Missionary Emphasis month for ABW. We are asking men and women to send letters, cards and financial support to our American Baptist Central Region Special Interest Missionaries during the month of April. 

  • may 9, 2022 - mother's day

    The "Mother of the Year" will be presented during the 10:30 AM morning worship service. The American Baptist Women's board will serve mini-cheesecakes during the fellowship time after the morning worship service. 

  • June 3-4, 2022 - ABW Conference


  • june 20, 2022 - father's day

    The "Father of the Year" will be presented during the 10:30 AM morning worship service. The American Baptist Women's board will serve mini-eclairs during the fellowship time after the morning worship service. 

  • July 17, 2022 - Quarterly Business Meeting

    The AB Women's board will serve strawberry shortcake and ice cream before the quarterly business meeting. 

Circles with ABW Ministries

Heart for Missions' main focus is on missions and missionaries. They will be studying the women in the Bible through video studies. 


Heart for Missions - Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM at the church. 


Morning Bible Hour - Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 9:00 AM at the church.


White Cross - Meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 9:00 AM at the church. 


White Cross is a program through which American Baptists provide needed supplies to diversified ministries within the mission program of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and International Ministries. It is essential to the support of the work of both American Baptist Home Mission Societies and International Ministries. It is the joining of mission center workers with local church workers in a united ministry and it is an avenue whereby we as Christians can show our interest in and love for persons of all races and nationalities. 

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...