October 3, 2007

Women's Ministry: What Does the Future Hold?

Tomorrow, I will be participating in the Synergy Leadership Summit for Women at Elmbrook Church, Brookfield, WI. A time has been set aside for current leaders where we will discuss the future of women’s ministries, reaching emerging generations of women, and tending to our own souls in the midst of ministry. I have my own perspectives and stats on these matters but would love to hear from you so that I can take some of your thoughts with me to the meetings.

I believe considering the future of women's ministries is to be considered as part of the ministry of the church, not in isolation and not something totally other. As a matter of making disciples, teaching all that Jesus taught, our focus should begin with Scripture and take into account the needs of women in our world today. This goes hand in hand with reaching emerging generations of women.

Where women's ministry could use change is in its relationship to the leadership of the church. Many pastors and church boards have abdicated their responsibility, allowing the women's ministry to have their fun events and outings, without the expectation that something more substantial can and should occur. Bringing pastors on board not only to support this ministry, but also recognize the importance of it in light of our existing cultural landscape is essential to the future of women's ministry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am a frustrated director or a Women's Ministry, and as our world changes, I am finding it more and more difficult to get women excited or interested in giving to our community and our world around us. Too often, wome come to our monthly fellowship meetings to partake of food, and intercessory prayer, but refuse to stay and clean up afterwards, get involved in leadership, or show up for ministry efforts. We have too many Christians today wanting to be blessed, and not enough looking for opportunities to bless others.