I’m sure you’ve seen this article >>Why We Don’t Need Women’s Ministries<<<. I think it’s gone viral in the Christian world. I get what she’s saying. Agree with her even and applaud her for starting a discussion about this topic. To a point.
We need to meet the heart’s need for Jesus. First and foremost. When we do that, everything else falls into place.
I personally don’t care to go to another women’s tea. That’s not my ‘cup of tea’ however, it’s not about me. I know, shocker. Some woman might really need that tea time. She needs the comradre of other women believers to just hang with. To laugh and giggle and sip tea with. And that ministers to her heart and her needs. That’s what matters.
I get that the author is saying she needs more genuine relationships and gettin’ down with Jesus in the word, time. We all need that. We can never have too much of it.
In the busy world we live in, there’s not enough fellowship time together. I haven’t met a woman yet who doesn’t need that time. It’s priceless.Whether it be making cute cupcakes, learning how to cook, or scrapbooking, it’s time we need to have and is generally far and few between.
And there has to be a balance between the meaty, gritty time in God’s word together and having a little fun. I imagine Jesus smiling, a lot, despite the serious message He needed to make clear. We can have that too. The two are not an either or but should be married together in a delicate balance.
That takes time, effort, and cooperation. If the women’s ministry in your church is lacking, step up and help out. It would be ideal to see the women’s ministry committee be balanced with ages but that isn’t something we can always control. So we do the best we can, with the resources we have. If you aren’t willing to step up and be part of the solution, then don’t complain.
Don’t be part of that 80/20 rule within churches. 20% of the folks doing all the work.
If you want an intimate bible study where you can dig in deep, start one. Do it in your own home if you want. Don’t sit back and wish for it!
We’re smart women! We can make a difference and we can change things when they are askew. We need women’s ministries! We need each other!
Don’t knock someone else’s need for fellowship via tea time or cooking lessons. Keep things balanced so we get fed by the spirit and then by time together.
My favorite part of what the author had to say was to be authentic. Let’s get real! Because when we’re honest, relationships develop much faster and are more fulfilling.
And if we’re in ministry, we have to leave room for discussion. If we can’t hear what someone has to say because it comes across as a criticism, perhaps our hearts aren’t right because pride is getting in the way of the listening. Are we meeting the needs of the majority of the women or the select few who have the privilege of being on the committee?
If you’re in women’s ministries, what do you find to be the most challenging? What have you found that works and what doesn’t? Share your insights, stories, and opinions in the comments below!