I love discovering new women’s ministry resources!
Especially those that challenge me to think differently and cause me to question some of the choices our women’s ministry team has made.
A couple months back I reached out to the folks at Crossway Publishing and requested a copy of Word-Filled Women’s Ministry. *Please note this post contains affiliate links. I appreciate any purchase you make as it helps to cover the costs of this site!
Word-Filled Women’s Ministry is what I would categorize as a reference book. While you’ll want to read the book in its entirety to fully understand the vision of a Word-Filled ministry, you may find it helpful to read thru chapters that correspond to your current women’s ministry struggles first.
I found it was best to read in chunks so I could digest it and think about how/if there was an application for our team. Don’t sit down expecting to read this book all the way thru!
As explained in the introduction, “Profitable ministry among women is grounded in God’s Word, grows in the context of God’s people, and aims for the glory of Christ. That’s the promise of this book in a nutshell…Women’s ministry in particular can so easily be all about women rather than being all about women together hearing and following God’s voice, revealed in his Word.”
Can I get an “amen”?
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it.
Several years back we had a few women “complain” that our (paid) speaker had gone on too long at our Table Event. I personally didn’t see any problem with the length of her talk. She spoke for 45 minutes. She was engaging and what she shared was steeped in the Word. Our team felt their real complaint was that they didn’t have enough time to look at everyone’s table decorations… I also wonder if they found what she shared “too convicting”… Clearly we had some work to do!
Chances are very few of us can honestly say that our women’s ministry is Word-Filled. I’m sure there are some events and activities on your calendar, just like there is on ours, which could use the infusion of God’s Word.
Word-Filled Women’s Ministry is not about scrapping what you’ve got on your calendar (though God may prompt you to do some editing), but about checking the focus and the purpose.
If you’re a leader who feels your Pastoral staff doesn’t seem the scriptural importance of a women’s ministry in your church, you’ll find help in this book.
The cost of neglecting the giftedness of women in the local church is far-reaching. Not only will we miss the beauty and joy of a healthy, well-functioning body, but the church will also slowly weaken. The body of Christ is filled with capable women who are eager to serve Christ in the context of the local church, serving under the authority of church leadership. When these women bring their voices and unique gifts to their communities of believers, the church becomes more and more effective.
Chapter 4, Word-Filled Women’s Ministry
It’s impossible for me to share everything that it’s in Word-Filled Women’s Ministry, so let me give you an overview.
The chapters are written by a group of 10 women who have served or are currently serving in women’s ministry around the world.
Word-Filled Women’s Ministry is broken into 4 parts and 10 chapters:
Part 1 – The Heart of Women’s Ministry
- The Word at the Center: Hearing God Speak
- The Word on Women: Enjoying Distinction
- The Word Passing On: Training New Leaders
Part 2 – Contexts for Women’s Ministry
- The Local Church: Finding Where We Fit
- The World Around Us: Practicing Evangelism
- The Ends of the Earth: Thinking Global
Part 3 – Issues in Women’s Ministry
- Older and Younger: Taking Titus Seriously
- Sexual Wholeness: Affirming Truth with Compassion
- Gifts and Giftedness: Find the Place to Serve
Part 4 – The End of Women’s Ministry
- Ultimate Goals: Heading for that Day
There’s a chance that Word-Filled Women’s Ministry may step on your toes a bit. (Can we admit that some of us need our toes stepped on a bit?) As the title suggests, the book looks at the Biblical role of women and women’s ministry. I don’t want you to be surprised.
Let’s get to the giveaway! To be entered to win a copy of Word-Filled Women’s Ministry, please leave a comment below.
I’d love to hear your initial thoughts on whether or not you think your women’s ministry is “Word-filled”. Please leave just one comment per person.
Two winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10 AM EST. Winners will be contacted via email. Winners must reside in the USA or Canada.