“In Christ’s service, every brother and sister finds unimaginable grace, inestimable value, and eternal purpose. Women are indispensable partners in God’s mission, and I am praying for a new era in the SBC, one in which all people—male and female—would exercise their God-given gifts for that mission. The SBC Women’s Leadership Network is one more step along the way, and I’m excited to see where it takes us.”

J.D. Greear, SBC President

“I’m ecstatic over the development of the Women’s Leadership Network and cannot wait to seethe immense amount of fruit Christ will produce from it. His regard for women and the value they can bring to His kingdom work on earth are gorgeously obvious in all four Gospels. After more than four decades of ministry, I can tell you that one of the most powerful motivators toward faithful endurance for any woman in Christ is camaraderie with like-minded women who want to know, love, follow and serve Jesus with everything in them. My fellow sojourners have been crucial to my walk of faith on this rocky planet and when my way has been rough and I’ve tumbled to my knees, God used those very sisters to help me back to my feet. The value of sharing resources, equipping, encouragement, exhortation, experiences, techniques for teaching and communication, ways of engagement and any wisdom we have learned (whether the hard way or some easier way) simply cannot be overstated. I can’t think of a better time for the Women’s Leadership Network or a culture more in need of what it could bring. But make no mistake, the fruit of it will not be limited to the time we see. May Jesus use it for the building of His glorious global kingdom until every eye sees Him and every knee bows and every tongue confesses He is Lord.”

Beth Moore, Living Proof Ministries

“Women make up half the church, and it brings honor to our Lord when they are exercising their gifts in wholehearted pursuit of the Great Commission. I am excited that the Women’s Leadership Network can provide a place of connection and mutual support for women from the Southern Baptist family as they follow King Jesus!”

Dr.Danny Akin, President, SEBTS

“Having this leadership network where women of faith can invest in each other, share competencies, and build confidence through proven experience will inspire diverse and multi-generational leaders for the cause of Christ.”

Connia Nelson, Sr VP, LifeWay Christian Resources

“I’m excited about this network of sharp and faithful leaders that seeks to connect and encourage women across Southern Baptist life. These are leaders who have an unwavering commitment to the BF&M 2000, who love the local church and have a passion for the glory of God among the nations.”

Edgar Aponte, VP of Mobilization, IMB

“The Father has beautifully designed women to serve and lead for His glory. The new SBC Women’s Leadership Network is a community of abundant support and appreciation for the unique ways God has equipped us all. I am thrilled to learn, grow and celebrate together our various assignments for His Kingdom.”

Lynette Ezell, North American Mission Board

“There has never been a more urgent time for women of faith to be connected, equipped, and encouraged to build up the church and to serve faithfully to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a Southern Baptist and as a woman in leadership, for such a time as this, may God greatly bless the SBC Women’s Leadership Network.”

Selma Wilson, Executive Leadership Consultant

“The giftedness, calling, and leadership of women are—and always have been—crucial to the work of the Kingdom. I couldn’t be more thrilled to see this network come together, and I look forward to seeing how this collaboration enhances our denomination.”

Jimmy Scroggins, Lead Pastor, Family Church

“In my years of ministry in the SBC, opportunities to connect with and learn from other women leaders have often been my greatest source of encouragement, perspective, and practical wisdom. By facilitating these connections, the Women’s Leadership Network will undoubtedly enrich the ministry efforts of many.”

Jen Wilkin, Village Church Institute

“As a man who was reared by a mother who was a resilient leader, I enthusiastically support SBC Women’s Leadership Network as a strong biblical avenue for women to gain encouragement and strength in their leadership. I believe this network will enrich our convention holistically, therefore creating balance and unique perspectives for our on-going conversations and decision making within the SBC family. “

A.B. Vines, SBC 1st Vice President

“As someone who pastors a church where God is using gifted women in incredible ways to join in the expansion of His kingdom locally and globally, I’m so thankful for the launching of the Women’s Leadership Network. I look forward to how God will use this network to create kingdom relationships and equip women for greater kingdom impact throughout our churches in the SBC.”

Vance Pitman, Senior Pastor, Hope Church

“The Southern Baptist Convention has within its churches and organizations a wealth of women who lead. The SBC Women’s Leadership Network provides a much-needed opportunity for all women in the denomination to benefit mutually from the rich treasure trove of experience, expertise, and wisdom these women offer and to help one another grow as leaders for the benefit of the church body.”

Karen Swallow Prior, Professor of English

“As Proverbs 27:17 (CSB) reminds us that “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.” I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support the development of the SBC Women’s Leadership Network. As they sharpen each other for areas of Kingdom service I firmly believe our Lord will be greatly pleased.”

Rolland Slade, Lead Pastor, Meridian Baptist Church

“Godly, gifted women serving and leading have profoundly impacted me as well as the churches I have served. I welcome the establishment of the Women’s Leadership Network and I believe the leadership in our churches and the Southern Baptist family will be stronger by it. Our sisters’ voices are important and necessary to advance His gospel. This platform can multiply their kingdom impact.”

Ed Litton, Senior Pastor, Redemption City Church

“The support and encouragement of others is invaluable to thriving in life and ministry. Women in leadership need the support, care, and wisdom of other women. I’m thrilled to see this launch and look forward to how the Lord will use this network to inspire and encourage this generation and the next.”

Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach, ERLC

“The SBC Women’s Leadership Network is something the SBC has long needed and I am grateful for all those who have contributed to its founding. While needed now, it is needed even more for the future generations of female leaders who will prepare to use their skills and gifts to advance the gospel, both from and within SBC churches, but also in service of and for the flourishing of women among the nations of the world. I am thrilled to see this network start and look forward to the many ways God will use this for his glory and the encouragement of many.”

Jason G. Duesing, Provost, MBTS

“I am so excited for the launch of the Women’s Leadership Network. I can’t wait to see how God uses this effort to be a catalyst for women across the SBC. We are better served when the God-given gifts of both men and women are on display across our family of churches.”

Micah Fries, Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church