In 1995, the Worldwide Church of God, now GCI, led by the Holy Spirit, experienced major doctrinal changes. With the changes that led us out of legalism, we began to understand the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. This priesthood includes everyone, and so began women’s ministry. We started out small, but God’s Spirit continues to lead women in our congregations around the world to reach out to each other in a ministry that nurtures, loves and spiritually rejuvenates us as sisters in the Lord.
Why Women’s Ministry?
Women’s ministry arises out of Scripture. Paul encouraged women to teach, nurture and help each other become mature Christians (Titus 2:3-5). Women’s ministry provides an opportunity to get together as sisters in the Lord, where being a Christian is the common ground, with the goals of strengthening relationships with Jesus and with each other.
Those who are already involved in women’s ministry have found healing, bonding, deeper friendships and greater fellowship with the Lord, through small groups, Bible studies, prayer meetings and prayer partners and women’s retreats. Women are encouraged to discover their spiritual gifts, and through prayer, learn where their passion to serve lies. It is our hope that women’s ministry will equip and empower them to then carry out their own ministry of service to the church.
The spiritual and practical benefits of women’s ministry are immeasurable. As women grow toward the fullness of the measure of Christ (Eph. 4:13), we love and serve the body of Christ with more zeal and enthusiasm than ever before. We reach out to our families and to the world with open arms.
Women’s ministry is not an end, but a tool to help women reach their full potential as Christians. Women’s ministry is part of the total ministry of the church, helping all of us pull together and better reflect the image of God.
The Women’s Ministry of Grace Communion International provides opportunities for women to fulfill their calling to share in the Great Commission Christ gave to his church. Through service to others, support from other Christian women and through important social contact, women’s ministry enables women to establish and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ, develop in godly maturity and share the message of Jesus Christ with the world.
What We Are Doing
Many women’s ministries around the world have begun small groups in the belief that women can often relate to each other’s experiences and problems and help each other in a setting of only women. The groups have experienced bonding and closeness on a deeper level than ever before. Women have learned to pray together, study the Bible and become more devoted to walking with Jesus Christ.
Outreach is a natural result of spiritually grounded women, sure of their identity in Christ, who have the love of the Lord flowing through them. Women’s ministry groups have been involved in providing clothing to those in need, distributing teddy bears and infant clothing to children in hospitals and providing meals and companionship to shut-ins. As women’s ministry grows, so will our service to the communities in which we live.
Our women’s ministry is not administrated from one location, but rather the individual efforts of each women’s group is supported by a Women’s Ministry Support staff. Sheila Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I (email@example.com) are available to answer questions, offer guidelines and advice and recommend resources.
Your sister in the Lord,