New steering committee of women in ministry is created

For the latest Brethren news go to the main Newsline page

A steering committee of eight women in ministry has been called by the Office of Ministry to facilitate programming, projects, and initiatives designed to support and encourage Brethren clergywomen. 

“Encouragement and tangible support need to be the response of the entire church to the sisters in ministry among us in a time in which many struggle with the obstacles created by sexism in the church,” commented Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, director of the Office of Ministry.

Proposed emphases include celebratory events in this 60th year since Annual Conference granted women “full and unrestricted rights to ordination.” A clergywomen’s retreat is anticipated in the coming year. Quarterly conference calls for women in leadership to reflect on societal issues impacting women are envisioned. The group also identified a need for district and regional support groups along with a renewed emphasis on calling and placement for clergywomen.

Clergywomen desiring to become involved in supporting these initiatives may contact .

Go to to subscribe to the Church of the Brethren Newsline free e-mail news service and receive church news every week.