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What Is Women's Ministries?

What WM Is . . .

· Women's Ministries is a place to address the spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of women in the church.

· It encourages women to improve their potential for participation in the mission of the church.

· It is a support system for hurting women—whether they are suffering from divorce, abuse or simply loneliness.

· It is a forum to help address topics and issues as they affect the woman.

· It encourages young women through a scholarship program.

· It encourages women to become involved in all areas of ministry in their church, their community, and in their home.

· It mentors young women so that they may find joy in the Lord.

· Women's Ministries recognizes that women have many Gifts of the Spirit and it attempts to help women discover and use these gifts to the glory of God.

What WM Isn't . . .

· Women's Ministries is not new. In 1898 Mrs. S.M.I. Henry, with the encouragement of Ellen G. White, headed a church department for women's ministry. Her death soon after ended the work she began. It wasn't until 1990 that the Office of Women's Ministries was once again begun. It became a full church department in 1995.

· It is not a forum for women who have complaints, justified or not, against employers.

· It is not a place for women to promote equal right for women, although we admit it is an important issue.

· It is not a mere source of entertainment or the opportunity to spend endless hours on projects that merely promote selfish ideas.

· It is not a platform for the ordination of women, although we believe that everyone should use their talents to God's glory and should receive just recognition for work done for His honor.

· It is not male bashing. It is anti-sexist, not anti-male.

· Women's Ministries is not exclusive. Women's Ministries wants inclusion, not the exclusion of anyone.

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