Join us on Sundays at 11am
Join us on Sundays at 11am
Women have needs and challenges unique to their Christian walks. As we examine these needs, we see the immense importance of developing a thriving women’s ministry in local churches.
Women need emotionally safe environments. Women often feel safest sharing their hearts, asking questions, requesting prayer and speaking up when they’re with other women. This happens for many reasons. Southern women are sometimes taught that “holding their tongues” in the presence of men is mannerly and respectful. Some women are silent because they misunderstand 1 Timothy 2:12, while some women are simply shy or feel embarrassed sharing before men, this behavior is also common in women who have a history of abuse.
Regardless of the reason for their reticence, many women feel more comfortable speaking up among women only.
Women need godly fellowship. Whether a woman is a new mom who rarely sees other adult women, a retiree who is home alone, or something in between, women need deep, rich and lasting connections that are meaningful and challenging. Rather than the quick and superficial “how do you do’s” of Sunday mornings, a women’s ministry gives the opportunity for deep connections. Even for the introvert, the Christian walk of sanctification is meant to be done as a community (called the body of Christ). This reminds ladies that they are not alone in any situation! Smaller, private settings within a women’s ministry will offer a safe place for women to be mentored, bounce ideas and tips, and grow in their spiritual disciplines—right alongside other women.
Women need opportunities to share and pray for private prayer requests. A women’s ministry is an excellent place for women to build connections that result in fervent prayer for one another. Not only is a women’s ministry a good place to ask for prayer, it is an excellent place to learn how to pray effectively.
Women need to use their gifts and talents. When the Lord gives a person gifts and talents, he expects his children to use them for his glory. Women’s ministry is a valuable place (sometimes the only place) where a woman can use her gifts within the church setting. Whether a woman is gifted in hospitality, service, has an eye for decor, or can manage a budget, women’s ministry is a place where she can hone and use her gifts. If a church doesn’t have any ministry to women, it may be denying ladies the ability to use their gifts.
Women need to grow. This is huge! No matter how old a woman is, she does not need to remain stagnant. My pastor recently said, “If you are stagnant, you probably aren’t listening .” The Lord calls us to grow. Women seem to challenge women in a very special way—when a woman sees another woman do a particular thing it somehow becomes more attainable for her. This goes back to the “iron sharpening iron” idea of Proverbs 27:17.
Ultimately, women need to minister to other women because the Bible tells us to. In Paul’s letter to Titus, God gives instructions for women in the church. Women are told to teach younger women to be godly. Restated, women are given the role of mentoring younger women and teaching them what biblical womanhood looks like. Why? So a woman can live in a way consistent with her faith. It is important for women (whether mothers or not) to participate in raising up the next generation of godly women, biblically sound influencers and new leaders.
Join us the 1st Thursday of every month @ 6:30pm to fellowship, pray and plan upcoming events. If you feel led, bring a small dish, finger food or dessert to share.
Stay tuned for our upcoming Bible Study.
Our Bible study group is a great way to deepen your understanding of scripture and connect with others in our community. We meet on Mondays at 6:30 beginning in January. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning and growing in their faith.