Women's Ministries Focus

Women in Ministry is about recognizing the ministry every woman is a part of as she walks through her day. The focus of the Women's Ministries Department - whether in the local church, Conference, Union, Division, or General Conference - is to provide meaningful, useful, accessible resources and support for women as they minister where Abba has placed them .


[Reach Up]

To help women in their devotional time and personal growth, enabling them to be nurturers in the church and community.

NAD/GC Women's Ministries Department Goals

  • Increase Bible study, prayer, and reading the Spirit of Prophecy writings

  • Promote Revival and Reformation

  • Promote Revived by the Word

  • Value daily devotional time

New York Conference Women's Ministries Department Goals

  • Provide resource connections for nurturing ministry

  • Organize retreats, campmeeting sessions, and district events to nurture women in ministry

  • Increase awareness of devotional resources and writing opportunities

  • Provide prayer support to women's ministries leaders and district coordinators


[Reach Across]

To equip women for the activities and projects they are active in at church, work, community, and their personal lives. Development of gifts.

NAD/GC Women's Ministries Department Goals

  • Implement the four levels of the Women's Ministries Leadership Certification Program

  • Train our women in the areas of evangelism through the Outreach is for Everyone: Women's Ministry Evangelism Training Manual

  • Promote physical and mental health among women

New York Conference Women's Ministries Department Goals

  • Provide Leadership Certification

  • Promote Outreach is for Everyone: Women's Ministry Evangelism Training Manual

  • Develop resource connections, training, and support for women's mental health issues

  • Promote physical and mental health among women


[Reach Out]

To help women use small group fellowship to reach others in their community through Friendship Ministry.

NAD/GC Women's Ministries Department Goals

  • Implement Homes of Hope and Healing Ministry

  • Provide tools for Friendship Evangelism

  • Encourage women to touch a heart through Plant a Seed Ministry

New York Conference Women's Ministries Department Goals

  • Provide resource connections, support, and training for NAD/GC ministry tools

  • Develop tools and resource connections for areas of need within Women's Ministries

  • Encourage leaders to use NAD/GC program resources for Friendship Ministry


[Creating Community]

Nurturing, empowering, and reaching out are most effective when a sense of community is developed. Creating a safe environment where any participant feels comfortable being herself is vital to ministering to others whether the relationship is as brief as one encounter or as long as best friends forever!
Creating community is about making spaces that are free from Adventist jargon, judgmental attitudes, and exclusivity. Think about Jesus’ ministry while on earth. He daily interacted with people from all walks of life – rich and poor, educated and uneducated, healthy and sick, from the right and wrong side of the tracks! He did not differentiate between the haves and the have-nots. He was not a respector of human-defined value. This is the very same way we are called to minister to those God places on our path.

New York Conference Women's Ministries Department Goals

  • Conduct events in a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing manner

  • Provide training to raise awareness of community development practices

  • Model creating community in all interactions

  • Model and promote development of real, vulnerable, safe, Abba-filled and focused relationships

Local church Women's Ministries teams and individuals are encouraged to create their own specific goals and methods for Reaching UpReaching Across,Reaching Out, and Creating Community.

There are six challenge issues that women around the world face today. 


The World Health Organization reports: “Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally.” (World Health Organization, Geneva. 2013)


Poor health blights all aspects of a woman’s life and undermines her ability to be a fully productive participant in God’s work. Globally, women face many threats to health, such as social inequalities, economic deprivation, poor nutrition, inadequate housing, disability-related discrimination and political instability. 


The ability to read and write is vital, bringing access to a world of knowledge and information crucial to escape the cycle of poverty. These are basic life skills that every woman should have access to. Yet many women around the world remain illiterate. This handicap affects women much more than men. Nearly two thirds of the world’s 757 million illiterate adults are women. (UIS Fact Sheet, September 2015, No. 32)


Poverty is a global problem. However, due to compounding issues, such as gender discrimination, poverty places a disproportionate burden on women, affecting every aspect of their lives.


Despite societal development, equality advancements, and improved working rights, opportunities for women to lead and progress are still limited in most countries. Major obstacles women face in countries in the grip of poverty are limited educational opportunities and lack of training.


Women from all cultures around the world experience the challenge of excessive workload. This has negative implications for their physical, emotional, spiritual, social, relational, and economic well being. Prevailing issues such as equal opportunity challenges, political and economic transitions, strict social and cultural norms and the slow process of change makes progress difficult.

Visit the General Conference Women's Ministries Website to learn more and download brochures

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