WOMEN OF PURPOSE, MORE THAN A MEETING - IT'S A MISSION!MORE THAN A PROGRAM - IT'S A PASSION! MORE THAN A HANDSHAKE - IT'S A HUG MORE THAN A LABEL - IT'S A LIFESTYLE! More than a service...SERVANTHOOD !
If you ever feel stale and need more creativity to minister to women in different ways -go to the Lord in prayer.Prepare for everything with prayer - Remember God is in control--Always seek God's counsel ---Yearn for God's will - Rejoice in Gods answer.
God's Way Is Love
Read Ezekiel 33:1 through 35:15
Published: Aug 19, 2017
When the Jennings family got up to sing with the choir, several people gave them hateful stares. One woman said, “We hired professional vocalists to do the singing. That family simply doesn’t belong!”
Mr. Jennings had grown up in that church feeling loved. But, when area population shifted from poor laborers to wealthy executives, he was no longer welcome. Eventually, the Jennings family left the church.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away” (Ezekiel 34:20–21).
In Ezekiel’s time, God called His children to love their brethren. Generations later, Jesus said, “Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) So why do some people still choose to hate? First John 4:8 has the answer: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Challenge for Today: Be an example of God’s love, so people who don’t yet know Him will seek the love they see and find salvation.
Quicklook: Ezekiel 34:17–24
What Ministers to a Woman?
Today like never before, women are hurting. They are overwhelmed with responsibilities and inundated with lies. Many come from unhealthy and dysfunctional backgrounds that have left them ill-equipped to handle life’s pressures. Due to heavy responsibilities and dissolving families, many women feel isolated and lonely.
When a woman walks into a church, she is looking for someone to care, encourage, and listen to her—she desperately needs the Body of Christ. She wants to know that she is not alone, and she needs the hope that a personal relationship with Jesus can provide.
We can discover what best ministers to a women when we understand her design. Genesis 2:18-24 reveals that God created the first woman, Eve, with distinct differences from her counterpart, Adam. “Adam was created from the ground and was assigned tasks. [But] Eve was created from Adam’s side. She was designed specifically for relationship—created to meet Adam's relational need and equipped to bear and nurture children.”1
Since creation, men and women have been distinctly different. Here are some general differences between most (although not all) men and women:
- Emotionally: Women process emotions through talking; they are more emotionally expressive. Men process emotions through action; they are more emotionally reserved.2
- Verbally: Women communicate mainly to express themselves; they expand on details. Men communicate mainly to exchange information; they condense details.3
- Relationally: The female hormone oxytocin promotes a woman’s stronger desire to bond.4
While sermons can challenge and inspire a woman, genuine life-change happens when someone enters her emotional world, connects with her, and encourages her on a personal level. She experiences the most growth within relationships that provide empathy, presence, conversation, and emotional connection.
It would be unhealthy for a male pastor or leader to have the relationship described above with a woman in his congregation. The Bible tells us that women are the best models of godly behavior for other women (Titus 2). Women understand women. Allowing women to minister to other women will prevent unhealthy emotional attachments between male pastors and women in the congregation.5 This is why ministry to women, by women, is a vital part of a healthy congregation.
Clarensau, Secrets: Transforming Your Life and Marriage (Springfield:
Gospel Publishing, 2009), 29.
2Jimmy and Karen Evans, Marriage on the Rock (Ventura: Gospel Light, 2006), 216, 217.
3H. Norman Wright, Communication:Key to Your Marriage (Ventura: Regal Books, 2000), 140, 142.
4 Beverly White Hislop, Shepherding a Woman's Heart (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2003), 60.
©2012 National Women’s Department, General Council of the Assemblies of God
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