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Development of Ministry to Women


Eleven years after the Assemblies of God was established, women within the Fellowship began to seek ways they could become involved in ministry. In 1925, Etta Calhoun organized a group of women for intercessory prayer in Houston, Texas. Originally meeting for intercessory prayer for missionaries, the women quickly found practical ways to provide support. The group became the first Women’s Missionary Council, the forerunner of today’s AG Women.[1]

Ministry to women has continued to organize across the United States and in other countries. Along the way, revisions have been made. However, our primary purpose to reach the world for Jesus Christ has never changed.

Our Mission Statement

AG Women exists to challenge and equip women to passionately pursue God and to influence their world.

Our Fivefold Purpose

1.   Reaching women through the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ

2.   Discipling women to follow Christ’s example and live overcoming lives

3.   Building wholeness and balance, both spiritually and mentally, through consistent prayer and study of God’s Word

4.   Providing an atmosphere for women to develop their gifts, abilities, and lasting relationships

5.   Training women to find their places of ministry and effectively touch their world for Christ

Our Name and Logo

From Women’s Missionary Council to AG Women

In 1975, the name changed to Women’s Ministries. At that time, the main focus shifted from missions to discipling and training women in the local church. Of course, we did not lose our enthusiasm for missions! As a matter of fact, the women of the Assemblies of God have given over $496 million to missions since we first started keeping records in 1951 through 2020. In 2019, the name changed again to AG Women, to reflect coordination with other ministries within the Fellowship.

Our History from 1925
You can find a complete history of our ministry to women, by visiting this link about our history on women.ag.org.


Reflection Questions

How can your ministry fulfill the fivefold purpose of ministry to women?

When the women of your church hear the words “Women’s Ministries,” what do they envision?

What can you do to help women see that your ministry is not about a monthly meeting, but about connecting with one another through serving, loving, supporting, and learning?

Even if a woman doesn’t think she’s a leader, how can you help her realize her potential as a first responder to another woman in crisis?

[1] Adapted from A Leader’s Guide for Successfully Ministering to Women, by the National Women’s Department (Springfield: Gospel Publishing House, 2004).




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“Heritage of Ministry to and by Women” is published by the National Women’s Department at www.women.ag.org, 2020. Permission to reproduce is limited to personal use or within a teaching setting. All other forms of use are prohibited.