The Word Network hosted a panel of 50 predominately African-American female preachers this week during a special broadcast called, “Young Preacher Ladies Night Edition.”
The nearly two-hour broadcast, which was also streamed on the network’s Facebook page, was hosted by Bishop Greg Davis.
Panelists included women pastors, preachers, evangelists, and business leaders such as Nona Jones, Head of Faith Based Partnerships for Facebook, Dr. Kellie Lane-Agueze of Warrior Nation Ministries, Dr. Irishea Hilliard, Senior Pastor of New Light Church in Houston Texas, Evangelist LaTrice Ryan and many more.
The first topic of the night was about how this generation of women preachers differ from previous generations of female ministers.
“According to George Barna Research group, it’s tripled, I would say since 1994, women pastors, women in ministry,” said Evangelist Tiffany Morriar, founder of GLAM Empowerment Network. “I think that’s because there is a correlation now with female empowerment. Previous generations did not incorporate female empowerment. So, now we’re giving voice to issues that haven’t been addressed in previous generations.”
Dr. Hilliard said, “We stand on the shoulders of the generation before us. We would not be here and where we are had they not paved the way. So yes, our style may be different. Our approach may be different. But the ministry is still the same. And I think you’ve got women leading in all areas, which makes it a little easier for us to lead in this area.”
Several women commented on the importance of the #MeToo Movement and sexual harassment and abuse within the church.
Karri Turner of Atlanta said, “I think it’s interesting in terms of the MeToo Movement and what has happened in the entertainment industry. We know it has happened in church year after year, day after day, unfortunately.”
“A part of the challenge is women having to navigate places that are safe for us,” added Turner.
Jones suggested, “We need to stop covering for people because that’s how people get hurt. I have had that happen. I had a very prominent pastor send me a picture of his crotch because he thought that I liked him. And I had to politely tell him no sir I am married and there’s no platform that you can give me that is worth what you are asking me.”
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