A unique forum to equip women with the essentials of evangelism and discipleship was conducted on the Houston campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary , Sept. 29-30.

The seminary partnered with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) simultaneously to address women’s specific need and desire for training and encouragement to share Christ with a lost world.

According to Southwestern student Desiree Eastland, “It was awesome and empowering!”

“This conference was unique in that it did not just train women to share their faith, but it also trained them to lead and teach women in their local churches how to reach other women for Christ,” explained Terri Stovall, director of women’s programs at Southwestern Seminary.

HeartCall Leader of Leaders (HCLL) is an innovative approach to women’s evangelism created by Jaye Martin, women’s evangelism strategist for NAMB. Martin and Tracy Jones, national coordinator and trainer for NAMB, presented the one-day training on Friday to an enthusiastic group of more than 60 women. Martin and Tracy have trained thousands of HeartCall leaders throughout the United States and Canada.

The HeartCall conference coincided with the beginning of Southwestern’s course for evangelism strategies for women which met Saturday as well. This class meets on the Houston campus one weekend a month during September, October and November.

Southwestern Seminary is now offering certificate and master’s-level  education training on the Houston campus specifically targeting the women’s ministry leaders.

“Many women who lead women’s ministry in the local church are experiencing the need for more intense and focused training,” Stovall said. “Most of these women cannot come to the Fort Worth campus to take a women’s ministry course, so we are bringing the courses to the Houston area.”

For more information concerning the HeartCall Leaders of Leaders, visit www.namb.net/heartcall or email heartcall@namb.net. To learn more about the women’s programs at Southwestern Seminary, visit www.swbts.edu/women or email tstovall@swbts.edu.