About the Initiative:

The objective of the NAD Women In Pastoral Ministry Initiative is to help increase the number of female pastors within the North American Division. Our aim is to double the current number of pastors in the field over the next five years. The initiative attempts to accomplish the objective through...

  1. The education of members,

  2. Nurturing of female pastors within our territory, and

  3. Providing partnership incentives with conferences to hire more female pastors.

The partnership with local conferences is a three-way matching arrangement between the conference, union, and the division. Because this is an initiative, unions and conference participate as they are willing and able to do so.

The Process:

Individuals interested in applying to the program must first contact their local conference. Conferences must submit applications after they assess a local congregation's readiness to receive a female pastor and then agree to participate in ongoing nurturing and mentoring of female pastors that are hired. The program is dependent on the unions finding it in their budgets to fulfill their part after a conference makes the commitment. 

Funding Criteria:

Funding is available for new females who have never been employed by the Church as a pastor. The individual must have graduated from  or will be attending Andrews Seminary. Please note that funding is provided to the conference to hire a female pastor; the money is not issued to the individual.

Click here for the Women In Pastoral Ministry Application. See the brochure for more information about the Women in Pastoral Ministry Initiative.

For additional questions or assistance contact Carolyn Forrest at carolynforrest@nadadventist.org.