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Women Who Are Called | From the Editors

  • March 2018 Issue
From the Editors

From Sarah to Esther to Mary to Lydia, women play significant roles throughout the biblical narrative. But many women today struggle to understand and appreciate their role in ministry. In response, Moody professor Dr. Pamela MacRae has created a conference for women titled Called: Equipping Women Who Lead to Make Disciples.

The one-day training conference, designed for all women who have been called to serve the Lord, is April 7, 2018, at Moody’s Chicago campus. The cost of conference is $50 per person. If you are interested in attending, you can learn more at

“A lot of women wonder about their role in the church,” MacRae said. “They may feel that they are accidentally in a ministry position rather than saying that God has affirmed what they are doing. We want to affirm the specific role that God has called them to fulfill.”

The idea for the Called conference grew out of MacRae’s experience in teaching classes at Moody, where she encourages her students about the specific God-given roles for men and women within the church. “We want men and women to see their value to God and the church,” she said.

Other women have told their stories to MacRae, explaining that they often felt sidelined in the church. One woman said that when she told her pastor of her desire to attend seminary, he frowned on the very idea: “There is really no reason why you should go!” Hearing about these experiences encouraged MacRae to push for a conference that would help women understand their role in the church.

The Called conference, now in its second year, will include dynamic teaching, practical workshops, and a Q&A panel. Attendees will discover more about cultivating and stewarding their calling as women in ministry leadership. This is also an opportunity to bring an entire leadership team and to connect with others who are involved in ministry.

Featured speakers will include Lina AbuJamra, a pediatric ER doctor and author; Hannah R. Anderson, a church leader and Moody Publishers author; and Jamell Meeks, the wife of a Chicago pastor and director of women’s ministry.

“We want to articulate more theology about what women are already doing,” MacRae said. “When women attend the conference, they feel affirmed in their calling and equipped biblically and theologically.”

BY Jamie Janosz

Jamie Janosz serves as a content development manager for Moody Bible Institute. She writes monthly devotionals for Today in the Word and has published non-fiction essays with Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. Recently Jamie wrote a book titled When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up (Moody Publishers). Jamie studied theology and writing at Moody Bible Institute, Columbia College, and Illinois State University. She lives on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her husband, Milt, and daughter, Sabrina.

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