What is Women's Ministries?

Women's Ministries is a department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. World, North American, Union, and Conference directors  work to provide resources, support, and training to empower women to develop effective ministries to the women they encounter both in and outside of the church.

Women's Ministries programs focus on nurturing meaningful relationships while leading women to a personal relationship with their Abba Father.

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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