Category Archives: Women on Mission

Helping women to think outside of the church by using the knowledge that we gain in Bible Study and fellowship to impact the world around us and minister to the circle of influence that He has placed us in.

Programs or Principles

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Two years ago, I began serving as the Director of Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Broken Arrow. It was my first time to serve in a church role, so my direct supervisor, Todd Parr, encouraged me to connect with other women serving in church ministry. He felt it would be good to network with some women’s ministry leaders and to learn how they run their ministry.  He didn’t want me to copy the ladies, or bring their programs to FBCBA. He made it clear he wanted me to observe, learn and network. As I spent time with three amazing leaders in Dallas (Debbie Stuart, Simone Monroe, and Chrissie Dunham), here’s what I learned…

Women’s Ministry is not about programs, it’s about principles

The common denominator for these women was they followed this outline:

  • They prayed first and sought the Lord to give them direction.
  • God revealed a need in their church/community
  • They asked other women in their church to partner with them to meet that need.
  • Defined the resources they needed to help them meet the need.
  • They did it with the blessing of their leadership.

Communities are different and so are churches. I know a church that has an apartment complex filled with refugees just across the highway from them. I know another church that is near a college campus. We don’t need to copy each other, but to seek God in knowing what He wants for the women at our church and in our communities. In doing so, we can be fruitful, not just successful! It is all about bearing fruit and we don’t bear fruit imitating someone else, we bear fruit when we first connect with Jesus and do the task He’s given us to do. Jesus said…

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5-8)

 

 

 

 

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Finding Significance

Positions, prestige, powerIMG_1681things the world looks at and sees success and significance. But what if the church of Jesus Christ did not seek positions? What if we didn’t measure our success by the title we have, the office we occupy or how many people report to us? What if we focused on our purpose to serve God and others in whatever capacity He opens for us to be in?

This was the lesson the Lord taught me through the story found in Matt. 20:20-28…

Two of Christ’s disciples wanted high positions of authority so they asked their mom to intercede to Jesus on their behalf. Jesus honored older women (as was in the Jewish/ Middle Eastern culture). He wouldn’t shame an older woman by saying no to her. So she asked Jesus if one of her sons can sit at his right hand and other at his left hand in His Kingdom. Jesus responded with respect by saying His Father is one who ordains positions and titles. And He informed them that having authority in His Kingdom came with a high price.

The disciples heard the rumors these two brothers were trying to wiggle their way into a high position with Jesus and they were outraged. Jesus called all His disciples to himself and told them not to seek position, power and authority, but to seek purpose. After all, His purpose was not to come to earth to be served but to serve others and give His life for many.

Jesus didn’t come to earth for a position but for a purpose!

Positions and titles do not give us significance, but purpose does. Understanding why we do what we do helps us to better appreciate the “what” we do. The “what” we do may look different, but the “why” we do it always remains constant. Titles, jobs, positions may look different but when we have the right purpose in mind, positions and titles do not matter!

May we be found faithful to serve God and serve others in whatever capacity He calls us to. May we never be known as people who are prickling people by trying to “get from them.” Rather, may we be a people who blossom and bloom to be the sweet aroma of serving others and building others up!

“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt. 20:26-28

A Virus Worse Than Ebola

Fear, panic, and concern is flooding the hearts of Americans, particularly those that live in Texas. A few weeks ago, a man infected with the Ebola virus entered a hospital in Dallas and as a result, two healthcare workers are now infected as well. People are desperate to understand this virus, but more importantly, how can they avoid it. Schools are closing, apartments and airplanes are being decontaminated, people are quarantined, and patients refuse to enter the hospital where the Ebola patient once resided.

“What are we afraid of?” is a question that keeps playing in my mind. Are we afraid to die? Are we afraid to get sick? Are we afraid our loved ones will die or get sick? The last time I checked, the death ratio is at an all time high of 100% (unless you are Moses or Elijah). Jesus even experienced death.

As I process the Ebola “crisis,” I’m reminded of a stark truth. There is a disease that is worse than Ebola. We are all infected with it and all of us are dying from it. We contracted this disease from our parents who contracted it from their parents. This virus is called sin. Most of us can’t recognize it because the symptoms vary. These symptoms include unbelief, lust, pride, arrogance, selfishness, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness, and jealousy to name a few. The virus destroys first and foremost our relationship with God. It separates us from Him for all eternity. It demolishes our relationships with one another and devours our souls. It is a serious virus but no one seems to be quite as concerned about it.

Recently, Dr Kent Brantly (the man who contracted the Ebola virus), donated his blood to one of the nurses so she can benefit from the antibodies in it. She was given a blood transfusion and now she feels better. This example reminds me of the vivid picture when Jesus Christ eradicated the sin virus. He shed His blood which infused the Holy Spirit in our souls in to save us. Our bodies will eventually die but our souls received the transfusion of the Holy Spirit in order to live. This transfusion gives us access to living with God forever. And while we live here on earth, the transfusion of the Holy Spirit in the veins of our souls brings healing from fear, jealousy, anger, selfishness, pride and any other form of this virus.

We have a CURE for sick and dying souls! We’ve been given LIFE! So, why aren’t we going to Jesus to heal our souls from the virus of sin? We have the antibiotic of the Holy Spirit running through the bloodstream of our souls, but why aren’t we telling others about it? Why are we not panic stricken that people’s souls are being devoured by the sin virus and the only cure is the blood of Christ?

Jesus said,”For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?’ Mark 8:35-37 (NIV)

May we be panic stricken and grieved that the sin virus is eating away at people’s souls!! And may we move to action to tell others about the cure..the ONLY cure…Jesus Christ!