I’ve been doing a lot of research lately about the roles of Women in Ministry. Just these past few days I was really trying to look at women as a whole, who is it that we are ministering to? As I google searched, and google searched some more… and went through the most recent women’s ministry books and resources…. we have a lot of work ahead of us.
- Working women, working moms.
- Stay at home moms, and housewives.
- Grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren.
- Mothers with adult children who have returned home.
- Single moms, single working moms.
- Mothers of children with disabilities.
- Women who are widowed, or are married to a man with a terminal illness.
- Women who are divorced.
- Women who are stepmothers in blended families.
- Women who adopted children.
- Women who are lifelong single.
- Women who have children.
- Women who are infertile or have had miscarriages.
- Women who have lost children or have a child with a terminal illness.
- Women who have been abused: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and sexually.
- Women who are disabled.
- Women who struggle with addiction: pornography, substances, and more.
- Women who come from broken homes, women who were abandoned.
- Women who are homeless.
- Women who are struggling with their sexuality and gender identification.
- Women who are struggling in their marriages.
- Women who are married to non-believers.
- Women who are struggling financially.
- Women who are struggling spiritually.
- Women who are suffering from depression and debilitating anxiety, who consider suicide.
- Women who suffer from PTSD, from experiences in their life or serving for their country.
- Women who are retired.
- Women who are empty-nesters.
- Women who are in, or previously were in prison.
- Women who had abortions.
- Women with serious or even terminal illness.
- Women who suffer from eating disorders and body dysmorphia.
- Women who are struggling, burdened, worn out by life.
- Women who have faced racism, ageism, sexism in their lives.
- Women who feel that they have no value, no importance, and are invisible.
- Women who have been exploited in the sex trade industry, by decision or force.
- Women who are young, trying to navigate the waters of adulthood and their future.
- Women who are older, trying to move beyond the failures of their past.
- Women who are mothers of prodigal children.
- Women in the mission field.
- Women on the battlefield.
If you, or your church, is wondering if a Women’s Ministry is needed…. I hope that list answers the question for you.
It’s a resounding YES.
We also need something new, because our needs changed…. our ministries haven’t. We need women who are not just willing to lead fellowship events and bible studies, we need something new. We need women who are equipped to Minister To Women.
The face of women in our church is changing, it’s time Women’s Ministry catches up.