Vernisha Murray

Women’s Minster

My BT journey began in 2006. My husband Michael and I had just had our first of three children. We sat in the very back of the sanctuary and snuck in during worship and out during altar call. I know, crazy to believe that we would do that! Little did we know that God had a big plan for our lives and the lives of our children there at BT. As we became more comfortable with the church, I began to attend a class with a small group of women on Wednesday nights. It was my first encounter with the brilliant teaching of one of the pioneers of modern day women’s discipleship, Kay Arthur. In the months of attending that class I became transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). Don’t get me wrong, I knew the Lord. I grew up in a strong Christian household and was at church on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and sometimes ALL day on Sunday. But, my adult life experiences had drifted me so far away from my relationship with God that I was lost spiritually. As I continued to attend the classes, church services and special events for women, I met many wonderful women who were having the same life experiences I was having or experiences that I could speak into. I was comfortable listening, talking, encouraging and counseling women.
I was blessed to have three strong and wise women of God who were willing to take me under their wing and disciple me. It was then where my heart for women was developed. I found it quite strange considering that I have my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education. I pretty much just wanted to sing and teach children to play instruments! As I began to work and serve in the church I found that the best place for me was in the BT Kidz ministry.
I served and led worship in BT Kidz for almost 5 years. I thought that was where I was supposed to be for the long haul until my mentors began to encourage me to return to the women’s ministry. Now, I don’t know about how you would feel, but I was quite intimidated to take on such a huge responsibility. I mean, there are A LOT of women at BT! It wasn’t long after I received confirmation from the Lord that I was finally was ready to say, “Yes, Lord”. God has been so good to me and my family as I am following his lead in obedience.
My desire is for all women to become strong women of God, not to live life according to how television, magazines, and internet depict women. We are more than that. We are more than that because we find our identity in Christ! However, we will not live naively as though we do not have an enemy. Our ministry is based upon The Whole Armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20. In these days we can no longer afford to sit idly by and allow the enemy to control all of the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of our lives. It is a blessing to me that I am able to lead and teach our women how to stand up and be strong in the Lord and not cower in the weakness of our sin and shame. We are His. We are royalty. We are forgiven. We are righteous in Christ.
God has a big plan for his daughters so let’s stand together and live boldly the life He has called us to live.