Providing next steps for churches to respond with hope to women in crises

Arkansas Baptist Missions Team hosts one event, two dates and locations 

As the title of the training highlights, “Equipping Churches to Minister to Women in Crises,” we want to equip churches to creatively minister to women in crisis. While information will be plentiful, it also will be very practical. We will highlight the ministry of Arkansas Baptist Children & Family Ministries (ABCFM), particularly advocacy, and explore how churches can partner with Pregnancy Care Centers, how churches can meet the needs of women through local church ministries, and ministering to women in crisis through starting a Christian Women’s Job Corps.  

Additionally, we will explore how pastors, and other leaders, can continue to contend for the sanctity of life, especially among the younger generations. The overturn of Roe v. Wade creates additional opportunities for churches to meet needs in their communities. In our culture, there is a lot of noise and finger pointing, but we want to equip leaders to respond in tenderness, grace, and mercy.  

The same event will be held on August 1 at First Baptist Church in Farmington and on August 8 at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention building in Little Rock. Each event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Registration is required for this event. You may find more information and register for either date at For questions, please contact Sam Roberts at or Clint Ritchie at,  501.376.4791 ext. 5137 

This event is a ministry of the generous giving of Arkansas Baptists through the Cooperative Program.  

Arkansas Baptist Children & Family Ministries offers two meetings 

Due to the high volume of requests that we have received from churches and pastors regarding next-step opportunities to minister to children and women who find themselves in crisis, we invite pastors and church leaders to two information/training events to assist you with expanding your reach in your church and community. We want to help equip your church to respond with hope. 

The first event will be a virtual information meeting regarding church-driven foster care and adoption. This virtual event will take place on July 26 from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. You can register for this at The purpose of this event is to help pastors and church leaders understand what church-driven foster care and adoption looks like within the local church. Join us to learn about your Arkansas Baptist foster care & adoption placement agency and how your church can offer Christ-centered private foster care and adoption. 

The second event is an information/training meeting for Desired Haven Communities. This event will take place on August 11, at our new Markham Street location. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and give an overview of the mission and ministries of Arkansas Baptist Children and Family Ministries, as well as what it means to become a Desired Haven Community. Following lunch, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Debi Walker, Director of Desired Haven Family Care, will lead an advocate coordinator training for churches seeking to become Desired Haven Communities.  Register for this event at Contact Tim Noel, ABCFM Director of Church Partnership for further information. 

Pastors and staff are encouraged to attend this lunch to learn more about ABCFM and how they can serve you. Please begin praying now for the person or persons in your church that God is preparing to lead this ministry in your church. 

We encourage you to be a part of the workshops offered by the ABSC on August 1 and August 8 as well as the two events offered by ABCFM.  

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