WOMEN'S MINISTRIESWM Director: Karen Webb
- FIRST TUESDAY - 7 PM Monthly meeting of fellowship, Bible Study, prayer, encouragement and event planning
- SECTIONAL AND DISTRICT EVENTS - We attend and support the events provided through the South Central East Section & the Penn-Del District (Women of Purpose)
- OUTREACH MINISTRIES - We utilize our gifts and talents to share a meal with a needy family/individual, enjoy a secret pal ministry exchange and reach out to our church & community throughout the year in various ministries
- FOOD PANTRY - Our W.M.'s stock non-perishable food items to be distributed upon request to the needs that arise in our church and community. This serves as an evangelistic tool while meeting the practical family needs in the home.
- CHURCH LIBRARY - Our W.M.'s have collected and organized several shelves filled with reading material for adults and children. You will find resource/reference materials, teaching tapes/cd's, DVD's, fiction, non-fiction, mystries, adventure and much more waiting tor you to check-out.
- FUND RAISER'S - Our women are activly working hard to raise funds to help defray the cost of trips, various events and provide the financial assistance needed in a variety of areas.
- ENJOYABLE TRIPS - Each year our ladies have a time of fellowship, traveling to a different part of the Eastern United States and touring/enjoying God's Great Creation (usually in early August).
- Special fund-raisers help to make this 4 day event possible to our ladies!
WOMEN'S MINISTRIES WEBSITES:www.women.ag.org/ visit our National WM website for a 2010 magalog, theme, message, drama, women's event plans, and additional help. www.penndelwomenofpupose.org/ District WM website
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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
Resources and Information
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When planning your women's meetings, consider using these theme resources!