For NAD Pastors
NAD Ministerial associate, Esther Knott, seeks to minister to, support, and facilitate the ministry of women clergy in the North American Division. The Women Clergy we support are pastors, religion professors, Bible teachers, Bible instructors (workers) and women who have a religion degree and are working in a conference, union, division or GC administrative positions.
Bi-Annually, a national women clergy conference is held to address the spiritual needs of these women who pour their lives out for their congregants. Providing for mutual support and networking, the conference particularly addresses the needs of those who work in isolation from other women clergy.
Esther networks with colleges, universities, and the seminary to assure that women receiving training have the necessary information for their career development, and posts the resumes of those completing their education and are ready for placement to ministerial secretaries at the conference level. When there are pastoral openings, she works to find women that match the ministry description and forwards necessary contact information to those concerned. She acts as an ombudsmen to those in difficult circumstances and negotiates resolution of issues or facilitates a transfer to another setting. As an associate, she can speak to policies that effect and impact women clergy. She is also available by phone as a coach and/or mentor to those desiring that assistance.
If you are a female pastor in the North American Division we would like to include you in our future plans. Please send Mona Karst your contact information so we can keep you informed.
Additional links on this topic:
Women Clergy Tell Their Stories At the 2012 Women Clergy Conference dozens of pastors were asked to share their story of how God called them into ministry. Their stories were recorded and during the next few weeks will be posted on this webpage. Here you will be able to listen to an audio recording of their story.
Why the NAD Needs Women Pastors At the 2012 Year End Meetings the North American Division voted to make the support of Women in Ministry one of its six building blocks of priority. "The main initiatives include incentivizing the hiring of greater numbers of women clergy and administrators, the development of church administrator support structures for women clergy, and programs for the orientation and education of church members about women in ministry."
2012 Poll of Women Clergy Between January 10, 2012 and February 13, 2012 fifty (50) Seventh-day Adventist female pastors from the North American Division (NAD) were contacted by phone and asked three questions for this Pastor Opinion Poll. Women pastors from all 9 Union Conferences were randomly selected.