Womans Ministry

Women’s Ministry in the Local Church – Chapter 1

“We ought to have an intentional, deliberate approach to female discipleship because men and women are different, and these differences need to be recognized, taken into account, and addressed in the course of Christian discipleship.”

I am working my way through the book Women’s Ministry in the Local Church by, J. Ligon Duncan & Susan Hunt.  The book was written to answer the question: “Why should a church have a women’s ministry?”

I am trying to devour this book quickly in my quest to learn and gain a philosophy of ministry in regards to women.  I will highlight some topics discussed in the book that resonate with what I believe God is leading us to in ministry and discipleship of women.

CHAPTER 1

WOMANHOOD EMBRACED
The need for a biblical apologetic for womanhood is the foundation of this book and the ministry of it’s authors.  Women need to have an understanding of what their specific God created role is in the church and home. The book is founded on a series of books on womanhood and on this document:
THE DANVERS STATEMENT ON BIBLICAL MANHOOD AND WOMANHOOD

DISCIPLESHIP FOCUSED
The intention and goal of women’s ministry is to teach, support and equip women to carry out their God given call in the church and their homes.

MENTORSHIP FOCUSED
Women’s ministry is to be life on life, passing the torch from one generation of women to the other. Young women should grow up in women’s ministry being mentored and guided by older women in the call of womanhood.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
(Titus 2:3-5 ESV)

ELDER INVESTED
The pastors should equip the women’s ministry leadership in theology and doctrine that falls in line with the vision and belief of the church leadership of elders.

ELDER SUBMITTED
The women’s ministry should conduct itself in submission to the leadership of the elder board.  The goal of the women’s ministry leadership should be to carry out the vision of the elders for the church as a whole, with the emphasis being how that vision pertains to godly womanhood.

KINGDOM ORIENTED
The heart of women’s ministry should not be self focused, but kingdom focused.  Activities, studies, events and the mission of the ministry revolve around this kingdom orientation.

“How can we invest in women in a way that equips them as disciples, for their own spiritual maturation, for the good of the marriages and families of the church, for the betterment of the total ministry of the church, for their life in the world?”