Empower: Equipping, Motivating, and Preparing Women for Ministry

The sixth year of Empower, a seven-month certificate program for women, kicked off its academic year in September 2017 with more than 130 women. An articulation agreement between the C&MA Metro District and Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary allows students to earn six credits towards a degree at the College or Seminary.

Empower equips and motivates the personal spiritual formation of women as they navigate the various roles and commitments in their lives. Classes are held monthly from September through April with a weekend retreat in January. The program has three modules: Empower 1, the pre-requisite for Empower Engage (training for mentors), and Empower Proclaim, that coaches women in their public speaking skills as they teach and preach as well as share stories and testimonies.

In addition to women who travel from the Tri-State New York area, Pennsylvania and Ohio, a growing number participate via livestream from their homes in California, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio. Mentoring is provided for both classroom and livestreaming students in small groups in the last two hours of the day-long sessions.