Emily-is a nail tech and a single mom of active little boys. She struggles every week just to put food on the table.
Amanda-is a twenty-three-year-old single woman who is about to graduate from college.
Marge-just retired and is struggling with depression. She wonders if her life has any value and what is the purpose of living. She is fearful of the future.
Many women today-such as the women in these examples-either don't have a biblical worldview or are overwhelmed by life's issues-or both. Women must receive the hope and healing that Jesus offers before they can reach out to others.
A Biblical Definition of Ministry to Women
As women come into our churches, receive healing, and form healthy relationships, they will be more compassionate in reaching out to other women-increasing the church's capacity to minister effectively.
Today, more than ever, it's important for women to receive healing within their church community. Read the passage from Ezekiel 34:1-10, which shows us the condition of sheep who are not shepherded well.
In her book Shepherding a Woman's Heart, author Beverly White Hislop, quoting from this Ezekiel passage, mentions that the sheep are: scattered, plundered, victims of famine, afraid, objects of scorn, and without hope of rescue.1
This passage further cautions Christians to: feed the healthy, strengthen the young and the weak, heal and bind up the injured, and search and care for the lost.
This is exactly the goal of a healthy ministry to women in the local church.
This excerpt is adapted from pages 9-11, A Quick Guide for Ministry to Women, ©2016 by Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, Missouri. All rights reserved.
1Beverly White Hislop, Shepherding a Woman's Heart: A New Model for Effective Ministry to Women (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2003), 121-127.