The Value of Women’s Ministry

The Greatest Joy in Women's Ministry


If you've ever been involved in women's ministry, you know it's about much more than fun parties and book studies. This two-part post examines the definition of women’s ministry, the issues facing women today, and the exciting In this first section, women's ministry leaders Jen Wilkin, Kathleen Nielson, and Gloria Furmansit down to discuss their greatest joys leading women. They see more women fall in love with God's Word and desire to grow in their faith.


Jen Wilkin is a speaker, teacher of women's Bible studies, and the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. Kathleen Nielson is the Director of Women's Initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and the author of Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word. Gloria Furman serves in the Middle East with her husband and family and is the author of several books including, The Pastor's Wife, and Missional Motherhood



Gloria, Kathleen, and Jen said women’s ministry doesn’t have to be a program. Women’s ministry is ministry among women in the context of the Word and the church. It can play out in a variety of ways in the local church through Bible study, mentorship, and organic discipleship.

What does women’s ministry look like at your church? How is it similar to or different from Gloria, Kathleen, and Jen’s definition?
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How does your women’s ministry equip women to read the Bible? What programs or tools are in place to train women to study Scripture?
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Jen pointed out that she sees more women wanting to learn how to study the Bible. Have you seen an increased interest in the Bible among the women in your church? If so, how has their attitude toward Scripture influenced other women?
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What could you do this week to fuel your love for God’s Word? What steps could you take to encourage the women at your church to cherish God’s Word?
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The Bible provides a firm foundation for all we do in ministry. Make teaching God’s Word one of the core aspects of how you disciple women in your church. Spend time this week in Scripture. As God to develop a love for His Word in you and the women in your church. 

 
Challenges in Women's Ministry


While women's ministry can be full of joys—women coming to know Jesus, overcoming addictions, and sharing Christ with their families—it also comes with difficulties. In this final section, women's ministry leaders Jen Wilkin, Kathleen Nielson, and Gloria Furman chat about the hardships they face as they lead women in discipleship. 



Jen said we need to regain the legitimacy of women’s ministry. Many women refuse to go back to church because of their women’s ministry experience, while others love what their women’s ministry does.  

What has been your experience with women’s ministry? Has it been positive or negative? Why?
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Gloria said our desires command our attention and distract us from God. What desires compete for your attention? How could they distract you from God and community?
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Kathleen pointed out the lack of connection to the local church among women. Do you feel connected in your local church? Why or why not? How do you engage with the generations of women older and younger than you?
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Jen talked about the importance of investing in the women in your church. What steps could you take this week toward investing in younger women? What could you do to learn from older women in your church?
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How has this post shaped the way you view women’s ministry? How can you take the insights you gained and apply them in your local church?
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Women’s ministry has the potential to influence women in their faith. Stay faithful to God’s Word and to the women in your church. Consider mentoring younger women in your life or sitting under an older woman to learn from. Pray for the women you know today. Ask God to move in their lives and in your life. 


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