Women in the church....when we gather together, what fun it is to share common bonds, families, books, fun and lots of life stories we can relate to. This is a place where friendships are formed, families are bound together by the common bond of Christ and lifelong friendships can be made. Women's groups can make one feel welcome and provide a variety of support, service and plain ole fun.
As wonderful as those qualities that knit us together are, our foundation must be stronger than our feelings and emotions. Our Lord is the one who created us, He knows our greatest needs and has great purpose for each of us. As women gather together in His name, some helpful pillars will hold us up and equip us to be women of God.
THE 4 PILLARS OF WOMEN’S MINISTRY:
1. STUDY – Providing women the opportunity to study God's Word.
2 Timothy 3:16-17(ESV), “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
2. SERVICE – Offering and equipping women the opportunity to serve others.
Doing so together, as the body of Christ, builds unity, encourages growth, and develops relationship. 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV), “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
3. SUPPORT – There are time when women need a safe place to find biblically sound support. .
In a world of hidden hurts, women in a variety of seasons of life need support and encouragement that is based on the Word of God. This could come in the form of support groups such as DivorceCare and GriefShare, mentoring, or interest groups such as MOPS. Ecclesiastes 4:10 (ESV), “For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
4. SOCIAL – Women benefit from regularly meeting together with other Christians.
Offer opportunities for Christian friendships to form and mature by meeting regularly. Hebrews 10:25 (ESV), “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
When church gatherings bring women together, may we keep these pillars in mind. As we ponder and practice building on these foundations, some beautiful things will happen:
- These pillars will work together – and build on each other..
- Your Bible study group will naturally support the women in the group.
- Your fellowship event may offer both a service and a social component.