How to Disciple Working Women

Engage and Encourage

Women who work often feel left out at church—Bible studies are scheduled during work hours, and relate often only to stay-at-home moms. How can the church best minister to working women? Christian leaders Elyse Fitzpatrick, Katherine Alsdorf, and Lydia Brownback share specific examples of women in their contexts who work and discuss ways for women to encourage working women.

Elyse Fitzpatrick, speaker and author, is the Director of Women Helping Women Ministries. Katherine Alsdorf is the the Senior Fellow of the Faith, Work, & Leadership Initiative at Redeemer City to City and is also the founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Faith & Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Lydia Brownback is the author of A Woman's Wisdom, Legacy of Faith and Fine China is for Single Women Too

Elyse, Katherine, and Lydia each minister in different congregations—some have an abundance of working women, while others only have and handful. Women who work shouldn’t be forgotten by the church. Instead, we should seek ways to disciple and encourage them. 

Do you work? If so, what struggles do you have with the local church? Is it difficult for you to fit in? If so, why? If you don’t work, what is your perception of women who work? Is that perception accurate based on what the speakers said in the video? Why or why not?
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Elyse said working women often feel isolated or hold resentment against the church. Have you ever felt isolated by other Christians? Why? Has there been a time where you resented the church? If so, what happened to cause your resentment?
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Lydia and Katherine touched on the importance of calling. You may be called to work or to be a stay-at-home mom, but neither of those callings are lesser or insignificant. Instead of assuming the grass is greener on the other side or looking down on other women for taking a different path, we should encourage one another’s callings. 

How do you see your calling working out in your job or daily life? How has God used your gifts and calling to help others? What steps could you take toward using the gifts God gave you to obey Him and serve others?
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How could you encourage women in the workplace this week? If you work, what could you do this week to reach out to women who stay at home?
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As Christians, we should minister to other believers regardless of their vocation, stage of life, or family status. Connect with the women in your context this week. Ask them what would most encourage them in their walk with Christ and implement what they say in your church body.  

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