Nazarene Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the launch of the revised and expanded website for the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry. Note the new web address: wcwim.org. Readers can also access the site via the home page of the NTS website at nts.edu.
Dr. Carla Sunberg, Co-District Superintendent of the East Ohio District and President of Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy International, stated, “In a day and time when there seems to be confusion over the place of women clergy, the Wynkoop Center and the newly upgraded website provide us with very clear and varied tools that allow us to articulate the Wesleyan perspective. The Church needs its women to be actively engaged in ministry while its women need to find a place to minister. The support of the Wynkoop Center allows us to recognize the importance of the synergistic alliance that is created when both God’s sons and daughters are actively participating in ministry.”
The website includes 21 bible studies on women in ministry, written by leading Wesleyan scholars from around the world. Organized in four units—the Creation Mandate, Old Testament Women in Public Leadership, New Testament Women in Public Leadership, and Difficult Passages in the New Testament—each study includes an exposition, a commentary, and a group study guide. Additional resources are being developed to accompany these lessons.
The site also contains biographies of women in ministry—current and historical—as well as new links to other ministry resources. Another new feature is an ongoing blog with entries written by women in a variety of ministry roles. Writers’ guidelines, available on the website, provide direction for anyone interested in writing a blog post or providing other materials for potential inclusion.
The Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry is collecting stories to be included in a book project. Submitted stories will be organized into one of three categories: a significant personal encounter with a woman in ministry; an experience that confirmed God’s call to women in ministry; and a significant personal encounter with a champion of women in ministry. For more information or to submit a story for consideration, contact Dr. Judi Schwanz, Director of the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry is to equip, empower and encourage women called by God to serve in and through the church of Jesus Christ. We equip women by helping them recognize and nurture the spiritual gifts endowed by God and prepare the church to receive their ministry through educational initiatives. We empower women to be confident representatives of Jesus Christ and seek to clear the systemic roadblocks they sometimes encounter. We encourage women in ministry by providing opportunities for interaction with effective women leaders in the church.