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What it is...
· Women's Ministries is a place to address the
spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of women
in the church.
· It encourages women to improve their potential
for participation in the mission of the church.
· It is a support system for hurting women-whether
they are suffering from divorce, abuse or simply loneliness.
· It is a forum to help address topics and issues
as they affect the woman.
· It encourages young women through a scholarship
· It encourages women to become involved in all
areas of ministry in their church, their community,
and in their home.
· It mentors young women so that they may find
joy in the Lord.
· Women's Ministries recognizes that women have
many Gifts of the Spirit and it attempts to help women
discover and use these gifts to the glory of God.
· Women's Ministries is not new. In 1898 Mrs.
S.M.I. Henry, with the encouragement of Ellen G. White,
headed a church department for women's ministry. Her
death soon after ended the work she began. It wasn't
until 1990 that the Office of Women's Ministries was
once again begun. It became a full church department
· It is not a forum for women who have complaints,
justified or not, against employers.
· It is not a place for women to promote equal
right for women, although we admit it is an important
· It is not a mere source of entertainment or
the opportunity to spend endless hours on projects that
merely promote selfish ideas.
· It is not a platform for the ordination of
women, although we believe that everyone should use
their talents to God's glory and should receive just
recognition for work done for His honor.
· It is not male bashing. It is anti-sexist,
· Women's Ministries is not exclusive. Women's
Ministries wants inclusion, not the exclusion of anyone.
How to be involved...
are an influential force in the Seventh-day Adventist
Church. When women are ministered to, the family, church,
and community receive the benefits of their spiritual
strength and their ministry.
are invited to become involved in a number of ways:
· through prayer and encouragement;
· by helping to see that there is an active Women's
Ministries program in your church, conference, union,
· by volunteering your talents and leadership
· through your financial support.
Women's Ministries is involved in sponsoring and developing
a number of programs and activities. Some of these are:
· International Women's Day of Prayer (First
Sabbath in March)
· Women's Ministries Day (Second Sabbath in June)
· Literacy programs
· Abuse recovery
· Prayer and Love Saves
· Global Mission projects
· Area-wide retreats and rallies
· Prayer groups and prayer chains
· Small group ministries/Bible studies
· Church hospitality
· Mentoring young girls and women
· Leadership Training
are six critical issues that particularly impact women
around the world. These issues are:
· Health risks
· Work loads
· Lack of mentoring and leadership training
As Christians, seeking to follow the example of Jesus,
we believe that it is important to do what we can to
meet the needs of all people, developing trust, and
helping them to find the answers to their needs. For
this reason, Women's Ministries has chosen to focus
much of its attention to these challenges.
much can be done to address most of these needs, a person
must be able to read. Almost one billion adults cannot
read; about three-fourths of these are women. They cannot
read the instructions on a medicine bottle, fill out
an employment form, or read the directions for a household
cleaner. Neither can they read a Sabbath School lesson
to a child nor read the Bible. Like many in the Dark
Ages, they must get their Gospel from someone else.
are certainly challenges for everyone in the church.
Women's Ministries invites all to join together to share
the Good News of the Gospel.
"For the eyes of the Lord
range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose
hearts are fully committed to him."
Chronicles 16:9 NIV