VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/23/21)—In conjunction with Women’s History Month, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) makes it easy to offer a gift in support of women in ministry. Simply visit the Support Beyond the Glass Ceiling Endowment recently added to ABHMS’ website.

Several years ago, the Rev. Chris Smith had a vision of providing support to African-American women ministers who were leading small congregations, many struggling financially. Buoyed by this prophetic calling, Smith authored her groundbreaking book, “Beyond the Stained-glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors” (Judson Press, 2013).

Restoration Ministries of Greater Cleveland Inc., the church pastored by Smith, has established a $70,000 endowed gift with American Baptist Home Mission Societies that will support at least two African-American female pastors yearly who serve congregations of 300 or fewer members as senior solo pastor.

Herself once a struggling pastor, Smith points out that African-American women in ministry are often called to economically depressed, small churches that are unable to pay a living wage.

Your gift to the Stained-glass Ceiling Endowment Fund helps ABHMS to support, encourage and advocate for the well-being of Black female pastoral leaders by helping to alleviate the economic challenges and related stress they face. Your gift helps to ensure that those who are called to serve are equipped to serve.

To support the Stained-glass Ceiling Endowment Fund, give online or mail your check with “Stained-glass Endowment” in the memo section to American Baptist Home Mission Societies, 1075 First Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406.

Questions should be addressed to Vincent Dent, ABHMS’ chief development officer, at [email protected] or 610.768.2420.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.