It's more than you imagined
Our world is changing rapidly, and so are the needs of women. We as Christians must be relevant to those we want to reach. Women’s Ministries—Unlimited! emphasizes the unlimited opportunities open to women for ministry in their local churches and communities. Every woman should be ministered to according to her need, and every born-again woman should be encouraged to find her place of ministry within the body of Christ.
It's more than a label, it's a lifestyle
Many women today don’t have the time or the interest in spending time at “just another meeting." We must reach out to women at the point of their needs. Women’s Ministries can do this by offering various Ministry Groups. Living like Jesus and ministering to the needs of others should be a way of life for every Christian. People want to see that the Christ-controlled life makes a difference and gives meaning to their existence. Ministry to women and women ministering should be the lifestyle of Women’s Ministries in every church.
It's more than service, it's servanthood
Too many Christians today believe that service means “serve me." However, true servanthood is motivated by a loving concern for others. No greater example of this servanthood exists than in the life of Jesus Christ. Women can find many channels of opportunity to practice servanthood.
A variety of Ministry Groups can help teach biblical principles of leadership and practical tools for reaching and ministering to the women of this unique generation and diverse culture.
What Ministers to a Woman?
Today like never before, women are hurting. They are overwhelmed with responsibilities and inundated with lies. Many come from unhealthy and dysfunctional backgrounds that have left them ill-equipped to handle life’s pressures. Due to heavy responsibilities and dissolving families, many women feel isolated and lonely.
When a woman walks into a church, she is looking for someone to care, encourage, and listen to her—she desperately needs the Body of Christ. She wants to know that she is not alone, and she needs the hope that a personal relationship with Jesus can provide.
We can discover what best ministers to a women when we understand her design. Genesis 2:18-24 reveals that God created the first woman, Eve, with distinct differences from her counterpart, Adam. “Adam was created from the ground and was assigned tasks. [But] Eve was created from Adam’s side. She was designed specifically for relationship—created to meet Adam’s relational need and equipped to bear and nurture children.”1
Since creation, men and women have been distinctly different. Here are some general differences between most (although not all) men and women:
- Emotionally: Women process emotions through talking; they are more emotionally expressive. Men process emotions through action; they are more emotionally reserved.2
- Verbally: Women communicate mainly to express themselves; they expand on details. Men communicate mainly to exchange information; they condense details.3
- Relationally: The female hormone Oxycontin promotes a woman’s stronger desire to bond.4
While sermons can challenge and inspire a woman, genuine life-change happens when someone enters her emotional world, connects with her, and encourages her on a personal level. She experiences the most growth within relationships that provide empathy, presence, conversation, and emotional connection.
It would be unhealthy for a male pastor or leader to have the relationship described above with a woman in his congregation. The Bible tells us that women are the best models of godly behavior for other women (Titus 2). Women understand women. Allowing women to minister to other women will prevent unhealthy emotional attachments between male pastors and women in the congregation.5 This is why ministry to women, by women, is a vital part of a healthy congregation.
1Kerry Clarensau, Secrets: Transforming Your Life and Marriage (Springfield: Gospel Publishing, 2009), 29.
2Jimmy and Karen Evans, Marriage on the Rock (Ventura: Gospel Light, 2006), 216, 217.
3H. Norman Wright, Communication:Key to Your Marriage (Ventura: Regal Books, 2000), 140, 142.
4 Beverly White Hislop, Shepherding a Woman’s Heart (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2003), 60.
©2012 National Women’s Department, General Council of the Assemblies of God
It's more than a program, it's a passion
We must have passionate hearts to see women discover their God-given gifts and find their place of ministry within the body of Christ. Without passion in our leadership, women will not develop spiritually and their needs will go unmet. It is impossible for a leader to be effective if she isn’t passionate about what she is doing.
It's more than a meeting, it's a mission
The mission of Women’s Ministries is to reach women, to disciple them and to help bring wholeness and balance to their lives. By providing an atmosphere for women to strengthen their gifts and by training them to find their places of ministry, women can successfully touch their world for Christ. The most effective way to reach women is at the local church level.
It's more than a project, it's a purpose
Our purpose is to fulfill God’s purpose. Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Through love serve one another." Every born-again woman should have at least one ministry where she is involved in serving others. Through Women’s Ministries many opportunities exist where every woman can be motivated to find her place of service. If you are not involved, ask God where He would have you begin.
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