Women’s Ministry 2017-12-14T22:41:56+00:00
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We will help you find the answers to your questions about Women’s Ministry. Here are some we frequently hear:

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 Women’s Ministry in the Local Church or reference Women’s Ministry Training and Resource Guide. 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.

CDM connects you to tips and tools, recommended studiestraining for your leaders, and a community of seasoned Women’s Ministry Leaders that can help the Women’s Ministry at your church thrive.

We recommend you begin with our Women’s Ministry Diagnostic Tools, whether your church’s women’s ministry is new or established, it is a great resource to help you critically evaluate your programs and plan your next steps.

You are not alone. CDM can also connect you with Regional Trainers that can walk you through developing your church’s plan. Check the Leadership Section of this page (below) to help you find a Trainer near your church.

  • CDM has an amazing team of leaders who can help you. Check out the Leadership Section of this page below for more information.
  • Our bookstore is a great place to find resources. Check out our recommended Books and Studies for Women.
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“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 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…”  — Titus 2:1, 3-4

At CDM, we believe that women’s ministry has the opportunity to extend God’s Kingdom into our homes, churches, communities and even throughout the world.  Titus 2 has much to say about discipleship, and specifically about training women to think biblically about all of life and live those truths out in the context of community.

Today, our culture is promoting a view of womanhood that is confusing, but the Bible has the power to transform our understanding of what it means to be a woman. We want our churches to be a sanctuary from the lies of this world that encourages and equips women to find their identity in Christ. At CDM our aim is to come alongside churches to help cultivate a climate that is ripe for this type of meaningful women’s ministry to flourish. CDM can connect you to resources and seasoned Women’s Ministry leaders that can help. We have a team of Regional Advisors and Women’s Ministry Trainers that can come to your church or presbytery to train your leaders. See the Leadership section below for more information.

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“Womanhood must be defined theologically or it will be defined culturally.”


— Legacy of Biblical Womanhood

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. Karen can be reached at 678-825-1146 or khodge@pcanet.org.

Kathy Wargo

CDM Event Coordinator & Women’s Ministry Assistant

Kathy brings order to our chaos! Organizing logistics and creating spreadsheets, registering and answering conference attendees’ questions, and putting feet to the vision of Women’s Ministry  with Karen Hodge are some of the things Kathy does while working remotely from Delaware for CDM–and all with a humble spirit.  If you have attended a CDM conference or event, you have probably been blessed by Kathy’s attention to detail and helpful attitude. If you don’t know her, we want you to! Kathy can be reached at 678-825-1132 or kwargo@pcanet.org.

REGIONAL ADVISORS:

The Women’s Ministry Regional Advisors are women just like you that CDM has trained Biblically and theologically as experts in ministering to women. In addition to serving in their church’s women’s ministry, they work with leadership teams in churches, in presbyteries and with CDM to develop training opportunities, materials, and programs for women. Because they are spread across the country, there is one in your region. She would love to be a resource to the women in your church. Find her contact information below.

Sharon Rockwell

Presbyteries: Northern California, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, South Coast, Western Canada
Email:  srockwell@writeme.com
Current Residence: Yorba Linda, CA

Renee Mathis

Presbyteries: Heartland, Houston Metro, Iowa, North Texas, Platte Valley, Rocky Mountain, South Texas, Southwest

Email: reneemathis@comcast.net
Current Residence: Houston, TX

Sandy Hartley

Presbyteries: Central Indiana, Chicago Metro, Columbus Metro, Great Lakes, Illiana, Missouri, Nashville, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Ohio Valley, Siouxlands, Tennessee Valley, Wisconsin
Email: lorshartley@comcast.net
Current Residence: Chattanooga, TN

Susan Tyner

Presbyteries: Covenant, Grace, Mississippi Valley, Southern Louisiana
Email: susan@christpresoxford.org
Current Residence: Oxford, MS

CB Campano

Presbyteries: Central Florida, Gulf Stream, North Florida, South Florida, Southwest Florida, Suncoast Florida
Email: cb@covenantlakeland.org
Current Residence: Lakeland, FL

“They are not just idle words for you—they are your life…”


— Deuteronomy 32:47 (ESV)

TRAINERS:

The Women’s Ministries Trainers are women just like you. They serve in their PCA church’s women’s ministries. Their delight is to connect your church’s women’s ministry and presbytery to resources that will help  the women you serve think biblically about all of life.

Our Women’s Ministry Training document gives information 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

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  

— Genesis 1:27 (ESV)

ARE YOU STILL WONDERING ABOUT WOMEN’S MINISTRY?

We have tried to answer your questions, but we can’t cover every question about Women’s Minsitry here, and we know some questions are unique to your church. We want to help you. 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. At CDM, we are committed to helping you find the answers you need.

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.

Prayer and study…the same as the answer above. Stop worrying about structures and filling positions and spend time praying and developing a vision. Another strategy would be to consider bringing in a Women’s Ministry Trainer.

Formulaic women’s ministry will never go the distance. You need to align your women’s ministry purpose with the mission and vision of your local church under the guidance of your Session. Some helpful resources to guide this process include:

Women’s Ministry in the Local Church

Titus 2 Tools

Women’s Ministry Training and Resource Guide

Just 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 Teams 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 Team is 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.

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