The Consultation on Women in Church-Related Vocations was held September 20-22, 1978, in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of the Consultation was to address the changing roles and rising demands of women in missions, ministry, and other Baptist professions. The Consultation emerged from discussions of the Missions Coordination Subcommittee of the Inter-Agency Council in 1977-1978. All SBC agencies were invited to participate in sponsoring this first Southern Baptist Convention-wide forum on women. The following joined as sponsors: Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, Brotherhood Commission, Christian Life Commission, Foreign Mission Board, Historical Commission, Home Mission Board, Radio and Television Commission, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sunday School Board, and Woman’s Missionary Union. The meeting was geared to provide SBC agencies a body of findings for use in employment, policy making, educational programs, and vocational guidance. More than 300 persons paid registration fees. Among them were SBC and state convention executives, pastors, college and seminary faculty, and students. More than two-thirds of the attendees were women. The Consultation’s Findings Report, distributed to registrants at the meeting, included addresses, research, and discussion summaries.
Recordings in this presentation were recorded as reel-to-reel audio recordings by the Radio and Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and transferred to six, front and back, audio cassette tape formats by RTVC staff. The recordings contain most, but not all, of the major addresses and presentations at the Consultation. Presentations in the recordings follow a general, but not exact, chronological order of events on the program. File titles of the recordings provide speakers’ names and panel response/symposium/discussion group references. Users of the recordings should consult the conference program to find the location of specific program items and addresses. Listeners of the recordings need to be aware that the quality of the recordings is uneven, with some recordings better and easier to understand than others.
The Findings Report of the Consultation is available here.