25 Years of CBF
The last week of April, First Baptist hosted the three-day Leading Women Conference in partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist Women in Ministry. The conference was a celebration of 25 years of CBF and women’s place in that story. Forty-eight women influencers from across Baptist life participated in the program including our own Pam Neal and staff former member, Carol McEntyre, who is now the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Columbia, Missouri.
“I’ve been referring to the conference as a ‘no-handshake zone,’” said Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator of CBF, “because it’s all hugs. There is a great combination of called and gifted women coming together to lift up one another and focus on ministry call.”
Each day and each session
Through sermons, testimonies, LEAD talks, and conversation, countless stories were told of women experiencing the turmoil,
“When we see people like ourselves walking in the position God has called us to walk in,”
We Need Eachother
Every participant had the chance to be a learner, an encourager, a friend, but most importantly, a leader. The conference affirmed that leading spirit in women and gave them space to look to God, submit to God’s leadership, and move forward. It encouraged women to embrace beauty over perfection and community over individualism.
“You can’t do it alone,” Pam Durso, Executive Director of BWIM, said about embarking on the journey as a woman in ministry. “You need friends, colleagues, and mentors. You need people who will cheer for you, cry with you, listen to you, teach you, pray with you, and walk with you. And that’s what Leading Women
First Baptist would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who made this conference possible.