(February 25, 2001)
Beth Grant, Ph.D., ministers with her husband, David, in
Eurasia as an Assemblies of God missionary. She is also general coordinator
for the Conference for Women in Ministry in Springfield, Mo., March
12-14, 2001. She recently talked with Scott Harrup, general editor,
about the conference.
Evangel: Describe your journey into ministry.
My parents taught me to trust God and to be obedient to the voice
of the Holy Spirit. When I was a young teen-ager, I felt Gods
hand on my life. As a 17-year-old, I took one of the first AIM trips
overseas to Jamaica. Up to that point I planned to be an active and
involved layperson in the church. After that missions trip I felt
the Lord saying, "Beth, its going to be full time; its
going to be everything. Are you willing to make this your primary
focus?" That was a little frightening because I couldnt
see what ministry was going to look like four or five years down the
road. And the Holy Spirit said, "Beth, isnt it enough if
I show you the next step?" It has been step by step ever since.
Evangel: Do you see growing opportunities for ministry for women
in the Assemblies of God?
Grant: In the last few years there seems to be a fresh wind
of the Spirit blowing as it relates to women. Young women in particular
are stepping forward and saying, "Even if its a tough place,
the Lord is calling me." Many feel God calling them specifically
to church planting, to pastoring, to missions and to some difficult
places both in our American culture and in the world. This is fresh
and new and yet reminiscent of what occurred in the beginning years
of our Movement.
Evangel: How do you see God directing your daughters?
Grant: The most gratifying thing I see happening in their
lives is their willingness to obey the voice of the Lord. Both our
daughters, Rebecca and Jennifer, love missions. Both want to do what
God wants them to do. That may take a nontraditional form. I see that
among a lot of young women as well as our daughters. God is using
men and women in very creative, nontraditional ways. There are new
areas of opportunity. Our young people are asking, "God, what
are You saying? What do You want me to do?"
Evangel: What are some highlights you look forward to at next
months Conference for Women in Ministry?
Grant: It may well be the largest number of women of God who
are committed to ministry together in one place at one time in our
Movement. To have this many women connecting across generations
and areas of ministry from all over the world will be powerful.
They are coming together because they share a passion to fulfill Gods
I look forward to seeing veteran ministers rubbing shoulders with
college-age women who are seeking the direction of God for their lives.
It will be wonderful to see those generations together and hear one
Evangel: What long-term results do you look for out of the conference?
Grant: Its the 21st century, a new millennium. The challenges
in our world are not the same as the challenges we faced even 20 years
ago. There is a dynamic place in the Spirit that God wants us to be
as women who minister. If we are obedient to the voice of the Spirit,
our Movement will be blessed. The call of God is not a gender issue.
It is an obedience issue. Lets be obedient to the voice of the
The theme of our conference is "The Spirit of the Lord is upon
me." I am more aware of the significance of our Pentecostal experience
in fulfilling the call of God than ever. Effective ministry, spiritual
ministry, powerful ministry happens through the power of the Holy
Spirit. It is His anointing that sets us apart as women of God and
effectively opens doors.