His Wisdom for Her World

Where They Are Now, Where We’re All Headed

By on August 22, 2013 in Education, Ministry with 4 Comments
Woman in her graduation

Women have been created in the image of God and have been given a role to fulfill. Women can do anything they have been gifted and called to do within the boundaries and guidelines that God has placed. We serve a loving, creative God who is using women to impact this world for Him in a thousand different ways. Hundreds of women have passed through the halls of Southwestern who are serving to their fullest for Christ and the church.

One of the most frequent questions people ask me about Southwestern Women’s Programs is, “What do women do with their degrees after they graduate?” The truth is, the careers and ministries are as varied as the women themselves.

Here are just a few examples:

Ashley leads the women’s ministry for a Baptist state convention.

Meghan is the Director of Women’s Ministry at a large theological seminary.

Sarah is the Dean of Women at a Bible institute in Florida.

Vanessa serves as Assistant Academic Dean and Director of Institutional Research at a College in Houston.

Michelle is a pastor’s wife who has built a home fitness business that is faith based and built on biblical principles. Part of her mission is to teach other women how to do the same so they can stay home with their children.

Spring is married to Charles who is living with muscular dystrophy and serving in a fulltime-speaking ministry together.

Diane serves as a missionary in Mexico.

Laura is using her home in Zambia to reach the Zambian women.

Amanda is the wife of a college minister and mother of two, who also leads Bible Studies in biblical womanhood and works with her Baptist association organizing their associational women’s events.

Ashley is a Christian voice in the marketplace who also serves as Assistant Minister to Women at her church.

Claire is performing with a major Christian Theater Group.

Alanna serves as a Girls’ Minister.

Many others are wives and mothers, who are ministering to women and sharing their faith through their homes, churches, and every day lives. Women, both married and single, are serving in churches, para-church organizations, on the mission field, and in the marketplace. Some are pastors’ wives, some are women’s, girls, or children’s ministers, some are serving in music ministry, and some are missionaries, church planters, and educators, serving in places near and far.

All of these women serve in different ways and different places but all are serving as women of influence.

When asked what Southwestern women do with their degrees, the list is limitless. There are a thousand different ways our female graduates are using the training they received, but they all have one thing in common. Each and every one is being used by God to make a difference in the lives of others, leading them to Christ, and helping them to grow in their faith. They are making a difference and they are doing it the way God has desgined them to.

We have a world full of women who need to know the redemptive message of Jesus Christ and how to receive the gift of life. These same women need to know how to grow in their faith and become fully developing followers of Christ. And for many, they will never hear unless a woman tells them and teaches them.

There are lives to be changed, women to influence, and families to impact. Let’s go to work my strong, saved, gifted, and called sisters in Christ . . . there is much to be done!

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About the Author

About the Author: Terri Stovall serves as the Dean of Women’s Programs at Southwestern Seminary. She co-authored the book Women Leading Women. Terri and her husband Jay enjoy riding motorcycles and roller coasters. .

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  1. Barbara says:

    When I tell people I am the Director of Women”s Ministries at a local church the question I am always asked is “are you paid?” I wonder how many men get asked that question when they say they serve in a pastoral position in a church? Women serve, but often our service is under-valued and not compensated at the same level of men doing similar service.

    Continue to train our women to be strong leaders and show them how to share their faith. There will be a day when gender no longer matters and the urgency of testifying of Christ will be enough to enlist every Christian into His service.

    • Terri Stovall says:

      Barbara, many women are serving for little or no pay, simply because they almost cannot help themselves but to be about reaching women for Christ and nurturing them in their faith. I continue to pray that churches will see the value of having spiritually mature women who can partner with pastors to truly minister to the body, heart, and soul of women.

  2. Spring Reed says:

    So true Dr. Stovall! I think it is so incredible how God is using women that have been equipped and trained at SWBTS all across America and the world in so many different capacities to reach women for Him. My time spent at SWBTS as a women”s ministry student is one of the greatest gifts of my life and I will be forever grateful for my time spent there!

    • Terri Stovall says:

      Spring, I am so looking forward to seeing you in October. You are one example of how our creative God finds creative ways to use women.

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