In my last semester of seminary, I wrote a short essay on my call to the ministry. I spoke of the 20 year struggle I had in responding to God. My summation of the journey follows.
"I know this is God’s call on my life, though. I know because when I am doing the work of the church—preaching, leading a funeral, teaching scripture, ministering to the needy—I feel most completely alive. And I think that is what God calls all God’s children to: a life lived wholly and intentionally within the body of Christ."
This month in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches, we celebrate Baptist Women in Ministry by naming February the Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching. I wrote a piece for Associated Baptist Press entitled, "Called Anyway: On Being A Baptist Woman Minister." I hope you'll take a minute to read it . And while you're there, look around. There's lots of other great articles there on topics that are current and compelling.
Okay, that's enough about that whole women in ministry debate. Let's get back to building the Kingdom, okay?
Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore is a mother x 3, wife x 28 (years not men), minister, speaker, writer, retreat leader, and lover of beagles and books. She has a lot to say.
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