Women’s Ministry

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT TYPICALLY COME UP:

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions in the area of Women’s Ministry. Click on each question to view the answer. If you have another question that isn’t on the list click here to contact your regional advisor or click here to contact Karen Hodge, the CDM Women’s Ministry Coordinator.

Women need women. Paul must have understood this. He told Titus to be sure that older women in the church were equipped to teach younger women certain aspects of covenantal life. The church needs to provide some way for this to happen.

Women still need some way to nurture one another. In the church-structure you mention, your Women’s Ministry may focus primarily on fellowship and nurturing relationships among women. These relationships will energize women to become involved in the various ministry-opportunities offered by your church. Each Women’s Ministry should be a place where women are enfolded, nurtured, equipped, and sent out to minister in all aspects of the life of the church.

The answer is still the same. There needs to be some way for women to connect with women and to learn about issues involving biblical womanhood. Married and single women express their need for mentoring by other women. A Women’s Ministry can provide this.

Begin with prayer, prayer, and more prayer. This should be followed by a time of study. Women must have a vision for a Women’s Ministry before they will have energy to do it. Events and programs, as exciting as they may be, do not elicit long-term commitment. An understanding of a biblical philosophy for a women’s ministry is essential for long-term commitment. So we encourage you to begin by gathering a group of women to work through Leadership For Women In the Church, using the accompanying leader’s guide Loving Leadership. This will help the women to develop a group vision for the ministry, assess needs and resources, set goals, determine structure, and plan the strategy for implementing the goals.

Prayer and study…the same as the answer above. Stop worrying about structures and filling positions and spend time praying and developing a vision.

We have done that in Biblical Foundations for Womanhood. Get it and read it. In addition to dealing with vision, philosophy, and goals, the leader’s guides for these books are filled with practical ideas for recruiting and training leaders, developing programs, implementing a Spiritual Mothering program, etc.

The Regional Advisors and your Presbytery Women’s Ministry President have been trained to assist you. You may want to invite one of them to teach the leadership course to your women. Our Women’s Ministry staff is also available to you. But we encourage you to get the curriculum materials first because we really believe this will answer most of your questions.

The Women’s Ministry Resource Letter is an ongoing training and networking piece. It is published four times a year and is sent to pastors’ wives and local Women’s Ministry Presidents (or contact person).

The Women’s Ministry Resource Manual gives suggestions for various kinds of organizational structures, a constitution, etc.

Usually it is best to study them in order, however it is important for the leadership team in your church to make this decision based on your particular situation.

ust as with local churches, Presbytery Women’s Ministries determine their own ministry-focus and structure depending on their particular needs and opportunities. Basically, however, Presbytery Women’s Ministry officers serve as a resource to help local Women’s Ministries and as a facilitator to connect the women in local churches. Your Presbytery Women’s Ministry officers are one of your greatest resources. On the presbytery level there are opportunities to experience our connectionalism as you meet with other women to share ideas, study, pray, serve, and fellowship together. No matter how large or small your church is, you will be richer if you become involved with women from the other churches in your area. This is the way we do it in the Presbyterian church. We believe it is the biblical way.

Women’s Ministry is important for every church to encourage and equip women for service to the church and for woman to woman discipleship.

Women’s Ministries in the Church, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America and under the authority of Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM), seeks to equip, connect, and encourage women in the church to know Christ personally and be committed to extending His kingdom in her life, home, church, community, and throughout the world.

Find multiple opportunities to strengthen, engage, and equip your ministry to the women in your local church.

“Leadership works best when it is provided by teams of gifted leaders serving together…”

— The Power of Team Leadership by George Barna

WOMEN’S MINISTRY LEADERSHIP

The PCA Women’s Ministry Team bring a scope of godly, diverse servants with unity and love for one another. The vision that drives them as a team is to continue to maintain and grow a biblical strategy for encouraging and equipping women to share their gifts and graces for the mutual good as part of their covenantal privilege and responsibility. Meet this passionate, gifted, team that brings servant hearts to help serve the body of Christ.

Karen Hodge
Coordinator for CDM Women’s Ministry

Karen Hodge serves as the Coordinator for CDM Women’s Ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL. Chris and Karen have two children Anna Grace Botka and Haddon Hodge that round out “Team Hodge”. It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to offer insights from God’s Word concerning how she and they can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s glory.

Kathy Wargo
CDM Event Coordinator & Women’s Ministry Assistant

Coordinates logistics of CDM training events and conferences at the regional and national level (e.g., Women’s Leadership and Children’s Conferences). Assists the Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Karen Hodge.

REGIONAL ADVISORS:

The Women’s Ministry Regional Advisors are a team of women approved by, and under the oversight and authority of, PCA Discipleship Ministries. Representing geographical regions of the PCA, they work with leadership teams in churches and presbyteries and also with the national Coordinator of Women’s Ministries in planning and implementing training opportunities, materials, and programs for women.

“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.”

— Deuteronomy 32:2

TRAINERS:

The Women’s Ministries Trainers are women from across the PCA, approved by CDM and the Coordinator to serve in an equipping role. They connect local women’s ministries and presbyteries to available resources, and teach training materials based on Biblical Foundations for Womanhood objectives.

Click here for a Women’s Ministry Training FAQ document to learn more about hosting a women’s ministry training at your presbytery or church.

If you would like to have a trainer come to your church,
please contact Karen Hodge at khodge@pcanet.org.

Teri Anderson

Current Residence:
Las Vegas, NV

Cathe Cleveland

Current Residence:
Birmingham, AL

Melanie Cogdill

Current Residence:
Charlotte, NC

Lisa Hellier

Current Residence:
Jackson, MS

Connie Miller

Current Residence:
Charlotte, NC

Paula Miles

Current Residence:
Clemson, SC

Kathy Stair

Current Residence:
Norcross, GA

Marcie Tuten

Current Residence:
Atlanta, GA

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