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 2022-23 Events

Events that women can look forward to throughout the year. 

  • September 18, 2022 - 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 2022 - Pastor Appreciate Month

    October is Pastor Appreciation Month, On October 9th American Baptist Women will honor Pastor Jerry with a special gift of appreciation during the 10:30 AM morning worship service. 

  • December 8, 2022 - Ladies Night Out @ 6pm

    Ladies Night Out is back!!!!! We will be going to La Mesa for dinner and fellowship. Our mini-project will be to collect canned food for our food pantry. We will of course have a devotion, games and an ornament gift exchange not to exceed $5 and ornaments can be homemade. 

  • January - June 2023 - Not So Secret Sister

    The Not So Secret Sister will be starting January 8th. We will have a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center for everyone that wants to participate. This will be a different spin on the secret sister where you will be able to get to know some women of the church through one-on-one interaction. 

  • February 2023 - Love Gift Month

    Love Trickles Down for Love Gift. For Love Gift month we will have a money fountain in the foyer to collect coins for Love Gift. 

  • February 6, 2023 - Bible Study @ 6pm

    We will be starting the Lisa-Jo Baker bible study, "We Saved You A Seat". The study will begin Monday, February 6th and will meet once a week for several weeks, and will be facilitated by Noree Wegmeyer. The cost is $10 and this is just to cover the cost of the work book. 

  • March 5, 2023 - Potato Bar for Project

    We will be preparing a To-Go Baked Potato Bar to help raise money for ABW project which is Antioch Baptist School Building Project. We will have a sign-up and order forms in the foyer for you to fill out.  

  • May 14, 2023 - 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

    Central Region ABW Ministries Conference, Location TBA

  • 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 Eclairs during the fellowship time after the morning worship service. 

White Cross with ABW Ministries

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.