Featuring a devotional, breakout session recordings, videos and podcast episodes, here are some valuable N.C. Baptist resources featuring women from across the state to help you grow in your discipleship journey.

According to Pew Research Center, women make up about 55% of the population of evangelical Protestant churches.

Women are essential to the life of the church, often involved in both the big-picture and behind-the-scenes details of daily ministry. Their voices are invaluable to N.C. Baptist churches and to everyone who wants to grow in their discipleship journey.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we have compiled a list of resources featuring N.C. Baptist women from across the state to help you follow Christ as His disciple. We’ve included a devotional from women’s ministry strategist Ashley Reffit, breakout sessions from previous events (including the most recent Disciple-Making Conference), podcast episodes and featured video stories that will equip, encourage and inspire you to be on mission together. 

For more resources from N.C. Baptists, visit ncbaptist.org/resources. To learn more about N.C. Baptist women’s ministry, visit ncbaptist.org/women.

Devotional: Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! — Ephesians 2:4-5

Most of us have been discipled by a woman in some capacity. If you grew up in church, they likely taught your Sunday School class or children’s choir, they filled and fed you at VBS, they changed your diapers in the nursery and passed out goldfish as if they were feeding the 5,000. Women are an integral part of the church as they continue to disciple generation after generation. 

As believers, we’re all called to the Great Commission. But that calling, that going and telling, is inextricably connected to the Great Commandment. Before we go and tell, we must first love. How do we know love? We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). 

As women, our lives are filled with going, doing, managing, juggling and much more as we care for others and try to put others first. We love others, and most of the time, they love us in return. 

But God — the love He has for us is not dependent on what we do. His love is done, it was done, on the cross. 

His love is a gift, freely given, which gives us freedom. We love because He first loved us. We are called to love Him, with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength and all our mind. And that love is the foundation of discipleship as we love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31).

As we love our neighbors, we disciple our neighbors. We go and tell, witness, serve, lead and love, all because He first loved us. Gospel change in our lives calls us to gospel mission as we live on mission together with those in our circles of influence. 

Gospel mission leads to multiplication as we become disciple-making disciples. The gospel hope that changed our lives is the hope our world so desperately needs. The hope that leads to gospel grace, His love for us, in us and through us — it’s His gift to us. The Great Commandment fuels the Great Commission as we live our lives on mission together as disciple-making disciples. 

As women who fill our churches, we must first be filled with His love. Before we lead others, we must lead ourselves to His Word. We must linger in His presence and we must lead the way as we lead others to the gospel. 

Gospel change reshapes our lives. Gospel-centered lives enable and equip women to serve, respond and love others as we live on mission together. We’re all called to go and tell, to be a disciple-making disciple and to love because He first loved us. 

Who in your life needs His love? Where is He leading you to go and tell of His love? 

Ashley Reffit, women’s leadership & discipleship consultant, N.C. Baptists

Breakout session recordings

The Gospel and a Woman’s Identity — Annie Locke

As we look to God’s Word, we see the beauty of God’s design for women in the fulfillment of His “Creation Mandate” (Genesis 1:27-28) and filling the earth with His image bearers. Through the gospel of Christ, we hear His call for women in the fulfillment of His “New Creation Mandate,” also known as “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20), through discipleship and making Christ’s image bearers.

Women’s Discipleship: The Gospel Above All — Ashley Reffit

Ashley Reffit discusses the importance of reaching women across the state, equipping them to study God’s Word as we send them out to serve Christ in their circles of influence on mission together. Discipleship is fueled by missions and leads to evangelism; the gospel above all.

Mobilizing the Local Church to Make Abortion Unnecessary – Allison Herrington

Explore ways to disciple believers by serving women and families facing unplanned pregnancies in partnership with your local pregnancy resource center. Understand not only how to partner in the mission with your local center, but also the transformational impact on your church members stepping off the sidelines to the front line of the pro-life movement.

Mobilization to the Nations – Sarah Farley-Beall

Learn how creating a sending culture can mobilize your entire church and cause it to multiply. Listen as Sarah Farley-Beall talks about barriers across the different generations and how to overcome them.

Video stories

Identity Crisis to an Identity in Christ

Through a Bible study at Lees-McRae College to reach student athletes, God drew Cassidy Coleman to Himself and changed the trajectory of her life. Her new identity will last forever. Watch this story of how God used these women to make an impact for eternity.

Choosing Life After Redemption

Dayna Cook’s life was once ruled by shame. Then the gospel changed everything. After experiencing forgiveness, Dayna now shares her redemption story to help women find hope and healing.

Students “Go2 Years” at Triangle Fellowship  

Triangle Fellowship Church is a young church plant in the heart of the Triangle. Watch the story of two women who decided to dedicate two years of their lives to live on mission with this church to make an impact in the community.

Podcast episodes

Answering God’s Call to Truly Live “On Mission Together” — Ashley Reffit, Missie Branch, Shirnetta Harrell

On this episode of the N.C. Baptists podcast, a group of women who are living out the gospel in their everyday lives discuss God’s calling to live on mission together and what that looks like to practically live out the gospel.

What the Church Needs to Know About the Pastor’s Family — Ashley Reffit, Kimberly Merida, Tabatha Frost, Veronica Greear

It can be easy to forget the special role the pastor’s family plays in the life of the church. On this episode, join N.C. Baptists as we look at the unique blessings and challenges of life and ministry for the pastor’s family.