Women’s Ministries is to compliment other ministries and to help women become involved in all areas of church life and its mission. Its objective is to help women reach their potential in Christ. When we are deeply connected with Him, He will call us to ministry—some type of service to others. As women become actively involved in ministry, the entire church is blessed. The department exists to serve the needs of the women of the church in the North Philippine Union Conference.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN’S MINISTRIES
Work in the 1800s
While is it true that Women’s Ministries did not become a full department of the General Conference until 1995, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has long recognized the importance of ministering to women, even as far back as the 1800s. Women’s Ministries began in 1898 when Mrs. Sarepta Myrenda Irish Henry, in correspondence with Ellen G. White, outlined “Women’s Ministries”. She was granted a ministerial license from the General Conference and became the first Women’s Ministries Director for the General Conference.
Work in the 1900s
In written form, Women’s Ministries activities were not recorded from 1900-1970. The period has been called “the silent years.” The first commission to study the role of women in the church was formed in September 1973 and met at Camp Mohaven in Ohio.
In 1990, 35 women, representing various groups, met in Pennsylvania to ask the church to appoint a full-time director of Women’s Ministries at all levels. These directors would identify, assess, and develop strategies to meet women’s needs; generate and disseminate accurate information concerning the role of women in the church; sponsor retreats for the purpose of spiritual nourishment; and direct activities to educate women regarding church governance and policies.
Emergence of the Department
The General Conference session in the Utrecht marked a watershed for Women’s Ministries. On July 1995, the session voted full department status to Women’s Ministries. Rose Otis was elected Women’s Ministries Director of the General Conference.
Today, Women’s Ministries has become a worldwide ministry with every division/union/conference/mission in the world field. Each division/union/conference/mission has a director who overseas the work of spiritual nurturing, mentoring and training for women.
WOMEN’S MINISTRIES TODAY
What it is…
What it Isn’t…
How to be involved:
Women are influential force in the Seventh day Adventist church. When women are ministered to, the family, church, and community receive the benefits of their spiritual strength and their ministry.
They are involved in a number of ways; through prayers and encouragement; by helping to see that there is an active Women Ministries program in the church; by volunteering their talents and leadership abilities, and through their financial support.
Women’s ministries is also involved in sponsoring and developing a number of programs and activities. Some of these are : International Women’s Day of Prayer ( Every 1st Sabbath in March) ; Women Ministries Emphasis Day (Every 2nd Sabbath of June); Abuse Prevention Emphasis Month (Every 4rth month of August); Literacy programs; Abuse recovery; fellowships; Prayer groups and prayer chain; Small group ministries/ Bible Studies, Church hospitality; Mentoring young girls and women; True love waits; Homes of hopes and Healing ; Leadership training and other Caring Ministries.
There are six critical issues that particularly impact women around the world. These issues are : Illiteracy; abuse ; poverty; Health risks ; work loads; lack of training, mentoring and leadership. As Christians, seeking to follow the example of Jesus, we believe that it is important to do what we can to meet the needs of all people, developing trust, and helping them to find the answers to their needs. For this reason, Women’s Ministries has chosen to focus much of its attention to these challenges.
All women who desire membership in Women’s Ministries (WM) and who participate in any of its programs or activities will be considered members. The local WM may include as many special interest and ‘ or ministry groups as needed.
STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2011- 2015
GC Theme: REVIVAL, REFORMATION and BEYOND
Our Mission Statement:
The North Philippine Union Conference Women’s Ministries Department exist to equipt, nurture empower, encourage, and touch the lives of women by the transforming power of Jesus Christ, discipling them to follow His example, and training them to minister to others sharing great truths of God’s Word; and all together be prepared for the Lord’s return.
Our Vision : “To know Jesus passionately and to serve and discipline other women”
Our Theme : “A ministry for Every Woman: Touch a Heart , Tell the World”
Our Motto : “Today’s Woman, Touching Tomorrow’s World”
Method: “Christ’s method ALONE will give true success in reaching people. The Saviour mingled with (people) as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. THEN He bade them, “follow Me. ” Ministry of Healing, p. 143 and Isaiah 61: 1-3
Our Three Fold Goals:
REACH UP (Nurture) – Growing Spiritually. To help women in their devotional time and personal growth, enabling them to be nurturers in the church and community.
REACH OUT (Outreach) To increase the involvement of women in soul- winning endeavor through vibrant participation and witnessing events.
Examples: Regeneration Small Group Support (tie-up with Health Dept.)
Homes of Hopes and Healing- Involving opening ours homes to neighbors, family and friends gather in fellowship to share HOPE and HEALING for spiritual and emotional nurture. Here friendships among women and formed; hope, healing and encouragements are given; and need are met.
Naturals/Simple Home Remedies, Win Wellness, NEWSTART, CELEBRATIONS.
REARCH ACROSS (Empower)- To equip women for their activities and
“ Women as well as men can engage in the work of hiding the truth where it can work out and be made manifest. They can take their place in the work at this crisis, and the Lord will work through them. If they are imbued with a sense of their duty, and labor, under the influence of the Spirit of God, they will have just the self- possession required for this time. The Saviour will reflect upon these self- sacrificing women the light of His countenance, and this will give them a power that will exceed that of men. They can do in families a work that men cannot do, a work that reaches the inner life. They can come dose to the hearts of those whom men cannot reach. Their work is needed. Discreet and humble women can do a good work in explaining the truth to the people in their homes. The Word of God thus explained will do its leavening work, and through its influence whole families will be converted.”- Testimonies, vol. 9,pp.128-129
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