Originally developed by Pamela Heim (previous Director of Women’s Ministries at the Baptist General Conference US, now Converge) for women involved in leading women’s ministries, this training was launched in Canada in 2002. Since the first Canadian school in Langley, BC, over 100 women from a range of Christian denominations and diverse ministries across Western Canada have graduated from the school with a Women in Ministry Specialist certificate.
Graduates from this certificate program exhibit a deeper spiritual awareness of the call of God on their life and, for the most part, become ‘innovators and expanders’ in various areas of church and community life. For some, SWM’s educational component spurred them on to higher education and a deep resolve to teach others of God’s love and saving grace.
The School of Women in Ministry provides the opportunity to prepare you theologically, practically and spiritually to serve in ministry. Six classroom days, over a two-year period, covering a range of topics relevant to those in ministry leadership. Pre and post-course assignments augment the
teaching. A personalized ministry internship is created by each student. The internship is planned and approved by the end of the first year and completed in the second year under the supervision of a ministry leader.
A professional, Christian Life Coach will meet with each student quarterly to process learning and help them to keep moving forward. With an emphasis on spiritual formation, students evidence spiritual growth and are inspired to effective service. Students demonstrate increased competence and confidence in leadership roles. Students desiring credit can apply for an honours program.
Who Should Attend the School of Women in Ministry?
This training program is geared to women of committed Christian faith who desire to be better prepared and equipped to serve well within their local church or a para-church organization. This training program has some flexibility; however, in order to graduate, students need to commit to:
– Attend the six class dates
– Read assigned texts (honours program requires additional readings)
– Complete all assignments (honours program requires additional assignments)
– Develop and complete an internship project
The learning environment is supportive and each student is assigned a teacher’s assistant to review progress and provide feedback on written assignments. The assignments are usually short (500 to 1,200 words) and often use a personal context. Women keen to immerse themselves in deeper study can choose to enter the ‘honors option’ whereby they complete additional readings and and assignments for credit.
For more information, please see www.womeninministry.ca