General Resources

seminar materials //



Young women are calling out for older Christian women to mentor them in a variety of areas of life. This is a seminar that you can use to teach what mentoring is and is not.  Side by Side: Exploring Spiritual Friendships and Mentoring


healing from trauma: (8 week program)


Faith Holwyn, Canadian Baptist psychiatric nurse

Faith Holwyn, Canadian Baptist psychiatric nurse

More than 5,000 women In Canada, India, and Bolivia have participated in Groups of Hope, an eight-week program for women who have experienced deep hurt. In small groups of 10 to 12, they begin to trust each other and to rediscover the reality of God’s presence through difficult times. Within the hour long sessions, they are encouraged to find a new way to view their life through relating what they have learned from the Bible to their personal journey.

Based on the principles of brief solution-focused therapy, the program was developed by Faith Holwyn (right) a Canadian Baptist psychiatric nurse who worked with First Nations women. It received a NABWU 2010 Day of Prayer offering grant.

Faith has produced a Groups of Hope Handbook for women’s ministry leaders, pastors, and others who could use this program in their church or community. It is available in English and Spanish through the Groups of Hope website. At the NABWU Assembly, Faith connected with Spanish-speaking women who plan to introduce the program in Texas.

strengthening your ministry//

Ministry Ventures helps with resourcing and coaching faith-based non-profit ministry leaders

Books //

half the church: Recapturing god's global vision for women

by Carolyn Custis James

Carolyn is a solidly Biblically based, practical and easy to read theologian. A Christian response to Nicholas Kristof's "Half the Sky"(which is also a great read!) If you wonder what your lifelong purpose really is as a woman in God's sight, no matter what your age, be ready for your life to be changed and challenged with this read! A good read for men as well as women.

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Karen K. Swanson, director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Centre at Wheaton College, introduced the NABWU board to IPM's series of booklets that offer practical advice for prisoners, their families, and those who are helping them through time of crisis. They can be ordered from the IPM Library for $3.95–$4.95 each. Titles include:

"Help! My Child's Been Arrested!"
Sentenced—Now What?: Relationships During Incarceration
"Help ! My Loved One Is In Jail, What Do I Do Now?"
Coming Home: A Guide for Receiving a Loved One Back from Prison
Helping Victims of Crime: Pathways Toward Healing


Dealing with Pornography

This is a resource for women who want to protect their marriage and keep their family porn free. This book is filled with practical advice and deals with issues that women have to encounter when pornography becomes and equation in their marriage. You will also find many other resources in this same series on this site: a Battle Plan for men, a prayer guide for women and a small group study also for women.



How does NABWU fit into the world of Baptist women?

DID YOU KNOW that NABWU's first assembly began in the dark, in a church lit by candelabra borrowed from the funeral home next door? That a North American president of the Baptist World Alliance Women's Department brought peace between Baptist women of Europe and in Asia who had been on opposite sides during World War II?

Coming Together: A History of the Women's Department, Baptist World Alliance, tells these and many other inspiring stories of how Baptist women around the world have come together across barriers of geography, culture, language, and war. United by a conviction that the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all the women of the world, they have shone the light of Christ into the darkest corners of women's experience.

Released at the 2010 Baptist Women's Leadership Conference, this book by former NABWU vice-president Esther Barnes is available for only $10 through the office of the publisher, Baptist World Alliance Women's Department and various Baptist bookstores throughout North America.


The Above Ground Railroad


The Above Ground Railroad tells how NABWU networker Anne Woolger's concern for newly-arrived refugees led her to begin Matthew House in Toronto, Canada. In the past twelve years it has welcomed and housed more than 1,000 refugees from 80 countries, and expanded to other Canadian cities. $19.99