By Gena McCown
A little over three years ago, the first Women’s Ministry Council meeting was held. I look at where we are today, I see where we are heading. I sit in awe of what the Lord has done with an idea that was formed over two coffees and cheeseburgers at a McDonald’s late one Monday evening.
For those who do not know our history, let me take you back to that evening. We had just wrapped up a Women’s Ministry meeting for our church. Laura Masoner and I decided to meet over at the McDonalds and chat. Laura and I can talk Women’s Ministry for hours without exhaustion. It was during that conversation that the big “what if” question was posed.
What if we could get together with other Women’s Ministry Leaders/Teams and talk shop. In our earliest inceptions we saw a networking group at best, conversing over coffee and pastries. But then the Lord gave us the vision for something much bigger, a task that would require our faith and obedience to His will. Not a move has been made in this ministry that was not laid in advance by God. Not a step was taken at our pace, but rather we have been hustling to keep up with Him.
We knew that the majority of materials and websites that dealt with Women’s Ministry were either antiquated or still focused on the fellowship side of ministry with little focus on the practical. We knew that Women’s Ministry was heading in a direction where the old programs were not working for women any more, and they were looking for something deeper and more meaningful. Women’s Ministry needed to be renewed and refined. It was time to take Women’s Ministry into a direction that was Gospel Centered, Disciple Making… SERIOUS MINISTRY.
In the three years since it’s inception, Women’s Ministry Council has been meeting the goals and mission consistently.
- Providing FREE practical ministry training to local Women’s Ministry Leaders/Teams
- Connecting Women’s Ministry Leaders/Teams to tools and resources to help build effective ministries, and encourage their gaze to ever be on Christ as their purpose.
- Building relationships between Women’s Ministry Leaders/Teams so that they can help each other, when possible by sharing resources, materials, and experience.
In mid 2016 we realized that we had created a space that was unlike anything we had ever experienced. Women gathered, from many denominations and even unaffiliated, putting aside denominational differences UNIFIED in the goal to bring women to the Cross. It has been a tender place, where we have been able to share our vulnerabilities. It has been a brave place, where we have dared to tackle heavy topics with grace and love. It has been a place of healing, where we have had our hearts broken as our eyes were opened … YET the hope of coming together as one body to make a difference in our world.
When I prepare for our upcoming meetings, I am filled with excitement and joy. I know that four Saturdays, each year, I am surrounded by women who are different than me in many ways but are filled with the HOPE of Jesus. Women who sacrifice to serve their church and community well, who strive to be and do better. Women who are willing to listen with soft hearts, embracing one another, learning from one another. It is a glimpse of Heaven for me.
I see what we have done here among a group of leaders, and I pray that is what is also happening in our individual churches. Creating community, building relationships, spurring one another on to good, lifting up those who stumble, equipping each other… and preaching the Gospel to one another. Talking of His goodness. Sharing your testimonies. Interceding for each other.
2018 is going to be a big year for Women’s Ministry Council, and we can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do in our lives, churches, community, and beyond.
Thank you for a great three years.