Compiled by Margaret T. Harding
When referring to this document please know that it is material compiled from conferences I’ve attended at LifeWay, SBC, WMU, NAMB HeartCall Training, and IMB resources. Please give credit to them when using this.
One of the best ways to evaluate any program is to evaluate the purpose statement.
Ask yourself and your leadership team: does it only address the needs of the women in my church or does it include the needs of women in my community?
How does your purpose statement challenge women to look beyond their corner or the world to develop a global vision?
What I hope we can do by discussing the blending of Women On Mission and Women’s Ministries is to provide some practical ideas regarding the importance of helping women develop the global vision - to help women discover that the whole world can fit into their hearts. How? Through missions involvement.
This is the key. To try not to be jealous or competitive but simply help them as they define their purpose statement to be sure that women are looking beyond themselves to a larger world and that will naturally result in missions involvement. Women’s Ministry may not do their meeting like Women On Mission does theirs, but if we are praying for missionaries, giving to missions, learning about missions and doing missions, isn’t that the purpose?
“Women on Mission is an organization through which women of any age can grow in their relationship with Christ and in missions involvement.” (pg. 1 – Women on Mission Guide)
Women on Mission enables women to create their own missions vision as they:
The OBJECTIVE is commitment to God’s plan to reach our world with the offer of redemption.
This is missions.
MISSIONS is a vital part of any women’s ministry that is seeking to provide a holistic approach to helping women become more Christ-like. Missions involvement completes the picture of the maturing Christian woman. Missions involvement begins when a woman chooses to make God’s commandment her personal commission to take the gospel around the corner and around the world.
When a woman discovers her purpose as a Christian and is equipped to fulfill that purpose, she will have a reason to be personally involved in God’s plan for the whole world.
Women are coming into our churches that do not have the strong spiritual or Christian upbringing that many of us had. They need spiritual development. That’s why many of our churches are doing the Beth Moore or Anne Graham Lotz Bible Studies.
But if that’s where it stops then Women’s Ministry is not doing what it was designed to do. But neither are those Women on Mission Groups that only meet once a month - sit in a circle, read a program together and leave without it making a difference in their lives.
Missions lifestyle must be the outgrowth of both organizations.
We have failed in both if this does not happen.
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