Have you noticed it, a shift happening in your church in regards to the Women’s Ministry. Are you seeing a change in attendance and commitment, or are you caught up doing the same thing you’ve always done? I’m sensing it, a change in the air. Women’s Ministry leaders and teams are feeling the call for a more meaningful ministry.
When Women’s Ministry starts to fade, it is due to a lacking somewhere in the ministry. A lack of support from the church, maybe. An inability to meet the needs of the women in the church, possibly. A fracture in the ministry team or ineffective leader, another viable option. A growing, thriving, successful ministry doesn’t just arbitrarily take u-turn and fade into oblivion. Something was happening behind the scenes.
A Women’s Ministry that is just treading water, reminds me of the lukewarm Christian. Doing just enough to survive, be present, placate the women with an offering of fellowship events and activities without asking too much of them. It is a ministry that takes no risk, and goes through the motions.
The Women’s Ministry that has ignited a fire in the body of women, is a ministry that has set it’s sights on Kingdom work. They are not afraid to challenge women and take them out of their comfort ones. It is a ministry that cares for the spiritual life of the women it serves, and consists of leaders who die to self to serve well.
It is time, Women’s Ministry leaders, to stop seeing Women’s Ministry in the scope of how we have always done things. It’s time to take this role given to us seriously by creating a ministry that is gospel centered, and disciple making. Our purpose to Women’s Ministry should first and foremost be ministering to women in their need. What do women in the church need?
- They need to be biblically literate.
- They need to understand how to defend their faith, not just to others but to themselves when she finds herself in a season of doubt.
- They need a community of iron sharpens iron sisters, who bear each others burdens, provide wise counsel, encourage one another, and with whom we celebrate victory.
- They need to know what their spiritual gifts are, and given a place to use them.
Our goal should not be to make converts, but disciples. As leaders we need to create discipleship tracks that walk women through their faith journey, instead of abandoning them at the foot of the cross.