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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
Presbyteries: Northern California, Pacific, Pacific Northwest, South Coast, Western Canada
For questions about the West Coast Region, please contact Karen Hodge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbyteries: Arizona, Heartland, Hills & Plains, Houston Metro, Iowa, North Texas, Platte Valley, Rio Grande, Rocky Mountain, South Texas
Current Residence: Highland Village, TX
Presbyteries: Central Indiana, Chicago Metro, Columbus Metro, Great Lakes, Illiana, Missouri, Nashville, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Ohio Valley, Siouxlands, Tennessee Valley, Wisconsin
Current Residence: Mason, OH
Presbyteries: Covenant, Grace, Mississippi Valley, Southern Louisiana
For questions about the Mid-South Region, please contact Karen Hodge, email@example.com.
Presbyteries: Central Florida, Gulfstream, North Florida, South Florida, Southwest Florida, Suncoast Florida
Current Residence: Port Orange, Florida
Presbyteries: Blue Ridge, Calvary, Catawba Valley, Central Carolina, Eastern Carolina, Fellowship, James River, Lowcountry, New River, Palmetto, Pee Dee, Piedmont Triad, Tidewater, Western Carolina, Westminster
Current Residence: Orangeburg, SC
Jane Anne Wilson
Presbyteries: Ascension, Chesapeake, Eastern Canada, Eastern Pennsylvania, Heritage, Metro New York, New Jersey, New York State, Northern New England, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Metro West, Pittsburgh, Potomac, Southern New England, Susquehanna Valley, West Hudson
Current Residence: Newark, DE
Presbyteries: Central Georgia, Evangel, Georgia Foothills, Gulf Coast, Metro Atlanta, NW Georgia, Providence, Savannah River, Southeast Alabama, Warrior
Current Residence: Roswell, GA
Vanessa Hawkins – Advisor for Diversity
Vanessa serves the PCA Women’s Ministry team by helping them to be mindful of the diverse make up of women’s ministry leadership in our churches and maintaining balance and focus in the development of women’s ministry leadership training & resources.
Current Residence: Augusta, GA
Chandra Oliver – Advisor for Chaplains’ Wives
Chandra encourages and equips Chaplains’ wives in conjunction with MNA”s Parakaleo and Chaplain’s Ministry.
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, CO
Connie Miller – Advisor for International Women’s Ministry
Connie’s role is to encourage the Women’s Ministry Team to be aware of the international women from Reformed churches around the world and the distinct opportunity God has granted to build bridges together in covenant community. She will also provide denominational resources for international reformed churches seeking to develop, disciple, connect people to people and people to resources, as well as develop partnerships with key leaders/churches of the reformed faith for open doors to disciple women in their native language to think biblically and live covenantally through a Biblical Philosophy of ministry using the doctrinal pillars of Covenant, Church, Biblical Womanhood, Titus II ministry and help develop revitalize, organize and/or train individual women’s ministries to help build a strong church. Connie will serve as a liaison between international pastors/women leaders and the PCA’s Women’s Ministry Coordinator.
Current Residence: Charlotte, NC
“They are not just idle words for you—they are your life…”
— Deuteronomy 32:47 (ESV)
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.
“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:
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.