About the Next Issue

The articles for this issue pertained to the theme “Empowerment for all.” Plans are already under way for the next volume, with the theme:


Clergywomen Lead Vital Congregations

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12:2)

Our theme verse from Romans calls all of us (the “you” in the verse is plural) to the pursuit of sustainable vitality through innovative and persistent leadership for the church. As clergywomen, we answer this call with laity in congregations of all sizes, in urban, rural, exurban, and suburban settings. We are experienced and seasoned, young and eager, of many nationalities, races, and ethnicities. Vital ministry knows no boundaries of diversity or size. Vitality does not rely on large budgets or institutional power to flourish. The 2015 edition of the Wellsprings Journal gathers perspectives and stories of vitality from academia, the pulpit, students, conference, and denominational leaders. God speaks through all these voices, calling us to transformation and shared leadership. The 2015 issue will contain the following sections:

Editorial Circle: an overview of our theme provided by a member of the Wellsprings Journal Editorial Circle

Theological Reflection: a reflection on the theological implications of the theme

Spinning the Sacred Yarn: sermons and speeches

Women’s Leadership Style: articles on conflict management and various leadership styles through the lens of the chosen theme

The Creating Spirit: poetry, music, photography, and/or other art forms that express the theme

Windows to a Wider Sisterhood: articles on the theme from beyond the United States

Younger Voice: articles by younger clergywomen on the designated theme

Highlights: brief book and media reviews, notices of resources, and/or continuing education resources

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