That’s a question our planning team often asks ourselves, and five years ago we answered it with, “Let’s have a conference.” So we did, in November 2014. That first Junia’s Daughters was a wonderful success, and then of course life happened among our planning group: a new baby for one, a new job for another, questions and commitments, funding sources, transitions. But the question continues to be asked, “How do we support each other as women in ministry?” So, here we are again!
All of us on the planning team are women working in ministry. We work in inner-city outreach, university campus ministry, graduate student fellowship, and church administration. We delight in and struggle with all the things these roles bring to us: preaching, curating services, fundraising, navigating structures and systems, grant-writing, pastoral care, collaboration, work-life balance (does that exist?), our own personal spiritual journeys … the list is infinite. We come from a variety of denominations: Christian Reformed, Mennonite, Anglican, Evangelical. Some of us have worked in ministry for decades, some of us for a shorter while. But we all know how multifaceted ministry is; we know it can be deeply life-giving and deeply challenging. And we know it’s always helpful to not have to tread the journey alone.
And this is why we are holding another Junia’s Daughters conference on May 25: to share and learn from each other, to support and challenge each other, to celebrate our roles as women in ministry, and, at the end of the day, to go forth renewed.
We invite you to join us.
Our leadership team is: