This past weekend was busier than usual for my husband and me. On Saturday, we attended the ordination of a woman we know from seminary who received her Deacon’s orders from the A.M.E. Church. On Sunday, another woman we know preached her Trial Sermon. It is refreshing to see more women be obedient to God’s call and participate in ministry. Lately, I have been receiving unexpected encouragement for the ministry that God has called me to pursue. The encouragement has been surprising because there was a time in the not too distant past that my ministry was met with resistance. That is not to say that those days of resistance are over, never to be seen again. I am pleased to know that I am experiencing a welcomed reprieve.
On Saturday, in particular, the sermon encouraged me as I reflected on my seven years in ministry. The bishop preached from Psalm 91, which is one of my favorite Psalms. The sermon encouraged me to continue on the ministry path that God has established for me. That sermon was confirmation that I should not deviate from the plans that God has made for me.
In addition to reflecting on the past, I have been thinking a lot about ministerial training that is separate from seminary. In September 2007, I attended the Women in Ministry Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. At that time, I had only been in ministry for a year and a half. I was in my third semester of seminary. I was blessed tremendously by attending that conference. I am praying that I will have the opportunity to attend this conference in September 2013. I have marked the dates in my calendar so that I do not schedule anything during that week. I want to network with other preachers and learn what other women are doing in their respective ministries. We will be able to encourage and sharpen one another. Iron sharpens iron.
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