These last two months of the year are amazingly busy, especially for churches. As your church makes plans for the Advent Season, don't forget to look ahead to February. It is never too early to think about Martha . . . Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching, that is.
In case you don't yet know about Martha, each year Baptist Women in Ministry encourages Baptist churches to invite a woman to preach on anySunday in February. Our preaching month is named in honor of Martha Stearns Marshall, an eighteenth-century Separate Baptist preacher.
The number of participating churches has steadily increased each year since 2007, when 54 churches participated. Last year, 201 churches celebrated God's gifting of women!
Here's how your church can participate:
1) SAVE THE DATE!! Reserve ANY Sunday in February.
2) Invite a woman to preach--ask a member of your church, contact a nearby seminary or Baptist university and inquire about the availability of a student or professor, or ask someone in your community. If you need help locating a preacher in your area, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Download the certificate from the BWIM website, print it out, and present it to the preacher on your church's Martha Stearns Marshall Day of Preaching.
4) Order the book,This Is What a Preacher Looks Like: Sermons by Baptist Women in Ministry and present it to the preacher.
5) Incorporate the history of Martha Stearns Marshall during your worship service or use the bulletin insert provided by BWIM.
6) Sing the hymn written by Courtney Krueger, written especially for Martha Stearns Marshall Month.
7) Please send your church name, city, state, pastor, the name of your guest preacher, and contact information to Ashley Robinson at email@example.com. All participating churches and preachers will be listed in the Spring Issue of Vocare, the BWIM newsletter.
Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching is a great way for your church to stand with other churches in affirming the gifts and voices of women preachers!
Baptist Women in Ministry