WIC at the Assembly level gets many questions from representatives of local churches. The church situations vary, but the questions and the answers are essentially the same. For that reason, we are using this issue of the WIC Resource Letter to answer the most-often-asked questions:
- Who is WIC?
- What is WIC?
- Why do we need a WIC?
- How do we start a WIC?
- How do we revitalize a floundering WIC?
The stated purpose of the PCA’s Women In the Church, which was approved by the first General Assembly, is:
“The purpose of the Women In the Church is that every woman know Christ personally and be committed to extending His kingdom in her life, home, church, community, and throughout the world.”
The foundation of this purpose statement is a covenantal understanding of the church. God has entered into a grace-relationship with us and bound Himself to us in covenant faithfulness. Our relationship with Him is personal, but it is not individual. The covenant is corporate. Our relationship with God puts us into the covenant community. We have covenant privileges and responsibilities in the community. We are to live with one another in a way that reflects our covenant relationship with God.
Everything done by the WIC ministry at the Assembly level is prayerfully and intentionally designed to help make this purpose statement a reality by providing training and resources to help local churches. Our goal is that every resource will be consistent with the doctrinal standards of the PCA. The remainder of this Resource Letter takes you on a step-by-step journey of how that is done. We hope this also gives you a model to follow, and a resource to adapt, as you design and implement a WIC ministry in your church.
We are driven by the WIC theme verse and by Titus 2:3 (on the sidebar). It is for Zion’s sake—the sake of the church of Jesus Christ—that we must not keep silent. Women must train women to reflect our redemption for Zion’s sake, for the sake of the King of the church.
For Zion’s Sake,
“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch”
“Teach what is in accord with sound doctrine….Likewise, teach the older women …Then they can train the younger women…so that no one will malign the word of God”
Step 1: A Look Back
Understanding our history helps us understand why we are where we are—and this helps us know where we need to go.
The WIC ministry is a part of CEP.
Charles Dunahoo is Coordinator of Christian Education and Publications. Georgia Settle was the first WIC Consultant. Her husband, Paul, was the first Coordinator of CEP.
Q. Georgia, who, or what, is WIC?
A. WIC is simply the female population
of local PCA churches. How their ministry/service is structured, or how they function together, is left up to each church. The CEP WIC office provides resources and training to help local churches, but we do not give guidelines/directives regarding organizational structures.
Sometimes people say, “We do not have a WIC.” Technically this would mean they do not have female members.
Q. Charles, when and why did the PCA establish the WIC ministry?
A. When the PCA was being formed, we recognized the importance of our mother church’s effective women’s ministry. Moreover, we believed that for the PCA to be effective in ministry, men and women would need to use their gifts in concert to build the church. Ministering to and encouraging women in ministry was important to us on the organizing committee.
Q. Georgia, how did the WIC ministry begin?
A. Before the PCA was formed women began to contact the office of the Steering Committee for a Continuing Presbyterian Church to ask for Bible study materials that were true to historic Presbyterian standards. That office printed and made available two studies prepared by Mrs. Don (Jean) Patterson. The same women began asking the Steering Committee for guidance regarding women’s ministries in the church. The Steering Committee sponsored a meeting of women in conjunction with the Advisory Convention in August 1973. At that meeting women were selected to bring a recommendation to the first General Assembly regarding a design for women’s ministry.
Q. Charles, why was WIC assigned to Christian Education and Publications?
A. Because the thrust of WIC is to encourage women in their own spiritual development and then to train and equip them for ministry in the church, CEP is the natural fit. It fits the overall design of the Christian Education and Publication’s purpose and reason for being.
Q. Georgia, what is the Women’s Advisory Sub-Committee?
A. The Women’s Advisory Sub-Committee (WASC) is made up of six women selected by the Christian Education Committee from different regions of the denomination. Their role, under the oversight and authority of the CEP committee and Coordinator, is to be in touch with the local churches of their region and to advise the CEP committee regarding needs and ministries of women. They work closely with PresWIC Presidents in their region. They also work directly with the WIC Consultant in planning and implementing training opportunities, materials and programs for women.
Q. Charles, what is the PCA’s position on the role of women in the church?
A. The macro position is that women are a vital part of the church’s ministry and though our standards do not allow the ordination of women, they are free to serve in all kinds of ministries. Therefore, gifted women are involved in every phase of the church’s ministry with the exception of ordination.
The micro position of the role of women varies from church to church. In organizing the PCA we tried to be as broad and as flexible as the Bible would allow. Recognizing the complex makeup of the PCA, we left many details to the local churches to determine.
Q. Charles, why do you think it is important for the PCA to have a WIC ministry?
A. Women have a purpose to fulfill just as men do, and ministry describes much of that purpose. Men and women must be equipped for the work of ministry. One of the ways that God accomplishes this is by leaders equipping women to train other women. While we must remember that the entire body is responsible to minister to one another, specialized ministries such as WIC also have an important role in the church. WIC is an effective vehicle for training women and implementing ministry in the local church.
Step 2: A Philosophy of Ministry
A philosophy is simply an overview of the reason we do what we do. It is a longer version of the purpose statement.
The WIC philosophy of ministry is grounded on woman’s helper design. “The Lord said, `It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’” (Gen. 2:18).
The Hebrew word for helper is ezer. Throughout the Old Testament this word is used to refer to God. In discussing this word, The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament says:
The Lord is seen as the helper of the underprivileged: the poor (Psalm 72:12) and the fatherless (Psalm 10:14) . . . He (the Psalmist) is conscious of divine assistance at a time of illness (Psalm 28:7), at a time of oppression by enemies (Psalm 54:4), and at a time of great personal distress (Psalm 86:17).
This explanation of how God is our ezer gives insight into the helper design. Community and compassion are two of the ways God is our Helper. God enters into a covenant relationship with His people (community). He comes to our aid, comforts us, and is merciful toward us (compassion). This touches our souls because entering into nurturing relationships, and extending compassion to those in need, is part of our creation design. Our nurturing, relational strengths grow out of our helper design. Our design equips us to demonstrate community and to be channels of compassion in our marriages, families, churches, communities, and throughout the world. This does not mean that all women will express their design in the same way; it frees us to practice community and extend compassion creatively according to our gifts, abilities and circumstances. This concept has application to women as individuals, and it also gives definition to the purpose statement of Women In the Church. The WIC ministry should have the effect of bringing a deeper sense of community and compassion into the home, church, community, and world. The WIC task at the Assembly level is to help churches encourage and equip women for this mission. A covenantal understanding of the church demands this.
The Westminster Confession of Faith says:
All saints, that are united to Jesus Christ their Head, by His Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with Him in His grace, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory; and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other’s gifts and graces, and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.
Saints by profession are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who, in every place, call upon the name of the Lord Jesus (WCF XXVI Of the Communion of Saints, 1, 2. Italics added.).
“An holy fellowship” is the launching pad for ministries of compassion, and compassion is the grace-reality that draws unbelievers into the community of faith.
A biblical strategy for encouraging and equipping women to share their gifts and graces for the mutual good, and to maintain an holy fellowship, is found in Titus 2:1-5. The Titus mandate for women to nurture women should be the driving force of a women’s ministry because this is part of our covenant privilege and responsibility.
The goal is that each woman will “know Christ personally and be committed to extending His kingdom in her life, home, church, community, and throughout the world” and thus God will be glorified.
The WIC ministry is not project or event-driven. It is theology driven. The philosophy gives the guidelines for mapping out the specifics of the WIC ministry. Each project, event, and written resource is one point on the total ministry-map. To understand the purpose of any specific project, one must understand the philosophy of ministry and where a specific project fits on the map. The WIC ministry-map is just one piece of the total ministry-map of Christian Education and Publications, so it must always help to achieve the over-all objectives of CE/P. The map is on the next page.
Step 3: Ministry Map
The map shows where we have been, where we are going, how far we have come, and where we need to go next. No event or project should be planned just for the sake of planning an event or project. There should always be a purpose.
Since the beginning of the PCA, the WIC philosophy of ministry has been a work in process. As the philosophy has developed, so have resources to equip women to facilitate the philosophy. Some of the major road marks along the way:
- Appointment of a Women’s Advisory Sub-Committee by the denomination’s Christian Education Committee. These women represent six geographical sections of the country.
- The annual WIC Love Gift
- Publication of a yearly study for women
- An annual WIC Leadership Training Seminar. This is a training event for two representatives from each PresWIC, women on local church staffs who have responsibilities for women and/or teen girls, women on denominational staffs, student representatives from Covenant College, and student and/or student wife representatives from Covenant Seminary.
- The WIC Resource Letter which is sent to all local WIC presidents, PresWIC Presidents, and pastors wives. This mailing includes The WICK which each church is asked to reproduce and use as a bulletin supplement for all women in the church.
- The WIC Core Curriculum which enables local churches to develop WIC ministries based on the WIC philosophy. (More on page 6.)
- The 1989 National WIC Conference which highlighted our “community” as PCA women.
- The 1992 International WIC Conference which highlighted the need for ministries of compassion.
- The 1994 Women In Ministry conference was designed to minister to pastors’ wives and women in ministry positions, to provide them an opportunity to learn and fellowship with others who share a similar calling, and to equip them to minister to others.
- The 1995 Regional WIC Conferences were training events to teach women about our privileges and responsibilities in the church and to equip them for ministry. These conferences also helped develop a deeper sense of connectionalism in the various regions.
- The 1997 Helpers By Design Conference for wives of Ruling and Teaching Elders and wives of Church Ministry Staff. The purpose of this conference was to explore some of the unique privileges and responsibilities of these women.Remember, the WIC ministry does not exist in a vacuum. It does not have a life of its own. On the denominational level, it is a department of Christian Education and Publications. So the WIC ministry map is just one part of the total ministry of CEP. In the local church, the WIC ministry is just one slice of the total ministry of the church. As with all other ministries, it is under the authority of the elders.
WIC Core Curriculum
Q. What is it?
A. The WIC Core Curriculum is written for the specific purpose of teaching a biblical philosophy of womanhood and some of the corporate implications of that philosophy. These corporate implications give definition and focus to a women’s ministry in a local church. One implication is that woman’s helper design equips us to cultivate community and to be channels of compassion in our homes and churches. There are five components to the curriculum, and each book has a Leader’s Guide.
Leadership For Women In The Church
The objective of this book is to help women explore the benefits of a WIC ministry, to design a WIC ministry on the foundation of the philosophy of ministry on page 3, and to train a leadership team for WIC.
Spiritual Mothering, The Titus 2 Mandate for Women Mentoring
Women. This study is designed to teach women the biblical model for women nurturing women to live for God’s glory and to help build covenant relationships between women, thus building community among women in the church.
By Design, God’s Distinctive Calling For Women
Spiritual mothering relationships should be the launching pad to equip women for ministries of mercy. This study teaches women about our creation design and equips us to cultivate community and to be channels of compassion.
Treasures of Encouragement.
The purpose of this book is to reinforce the previous studies, to teach women the biblical ministry of encouragement, and to show them how to be encouragers. This study is a catalyst for women to have such a ministry of encouragement that our churches will be known by the “faith we have in Christ Jesus and the love we have for one another.”
The True Woman
This study reinforces the entire curriculum by refocusing on redemption, our call to reflect our redemption in all of life, and the necessity of sound theology to be and do what we have been called to be and do.
Q. Why did WIC develop a core curriculum?
A. First, our denomination is committed to the biblical concept of connectionalism. This connectionalism runs deeper than commonality of location, personal interests, or personal preferences. We are bound to one another by a commitment to a theological standard that extends to what we believe and how we behave. God’s Word is our rule for faith and practice, so we must have a biblical apologetic for all activities and programs. Therefore, in our WIC ministry we are not event/
program-driven, but theology-driven. This commitment to theological integrity in crafting a women’s ministry compelled us to develop a philosophy and then to begin an educational process among women.
Second, as we looked over existing materials on women’s ministries, we found nothing from a distinctly Reformed perspective. We had to prioritize. We can’t do everything, but we felt the most urgent need was to produce materials that teach women the whys and hows of a women’s ministry within the context of our doctrinal standards.
Q. So you see this as part of a program of Christian education?
A. Absolutely. The WIC ministry is part of the ministry of Christian Education. If we are going to have a WIC ministry, we must know why we do what we do, that reason must be rooted in Scripture, and it must be taught to women. This is part of the Christian education of God’s covenant family. It is because of our commitment to Christian education that we developed extensive leaders’ guides for each study. The leaders’ guides are actually teacher training tools that are designed to help women become more effective teachers.
Q. Is it working?
A. There are strong indicators that our quest to understand our female design and calling has helped to unify PCA women and to propel us into greater service in the church. We receive thrilling letters about how women are growing in their capacity and passion to cultivate community and to be channels of compassion in their homes, churches, and communities. But the true measure of our obedience in developing WIC ministries that are faithful to God’s Word will be seen in the lives of our daughters and granddaughters. Will they be lured into the world’s view of womanhood, or will we tradition biblical womanhood in such a compelling fashion that they will be attracted to the Savior we love and be equipped to serve Him as virtuous women?
Q. What about other WIC studies? Are they not part of the core curriculum?
A. A new WIC study is produced each year, but all of these are not part of the core curriculum. The core curriculum is specifically designed to help teach a biblical philosophy of womanhood based on a covenantal perspective of Scripture, and to help craft substantive WIC ministries based on the corporate implications of our understanding of biblical womanhood.
Q. How do you decide what other studies you will produce or recommend?
A. The CEP procedure regarding WIC studies is:
“At this time CEP usually publishes only one WIC study per year. Therefore it is important to be intentional and focused in what we publish.
“In the local church, the WIC circles/Bible studies are a part of the total Christian education program of the church and not the only educational experience the church offers women. The WIC studies should accomplish a specific function in the total educational plan. It is our belief that Titus 2:3-5 provides this focus.
“Carrying out the Titus mandate will involve training women in biblical truth and providing opportunities for women to develop nurturing relationships. This does not mean that WIC studies are limited to this, but it does mean that these issues are dealt with on a regular basis.
“Since CEP is limited in the number of studies we can publish, we feel that at this time our primary responsibility is to offer studies and leaders’ guides that will help churches accomplish the following:
1. Teach the Bible from a covenant perspective with emphasis on biblical womanhood.
2. Provide interactive study opportunities that help women to develop covenant relationships with one another.
3. Suggest ministry ideas that will help women to fulfill their individual and corporate mission.
“We do not know of materials that are addressing these issues from a Reformed perspective. Our commitment is to prayerfully pursue such materials.”
Q. Why does CEP only produce one WIC study per year?
A. Easy answer—money and time. Producing a study is costly and it requires an enormous amount of staff time. Presently, we simply do not have the resources to do more.
Q. Do we really need to study anything but the Bible? Why don’t you just produce Bible studies?
A. This question assumes that the only way to study the Bible is a verse by verse or book by book type study. The books in the core curriculum are Bible studies that focus on a specific topic. A comprehensive understanding of the Bible demands that at times we study a particular portion verse by verse, and at other times we step back and get an overview of what the Bible says about a specific topic such as God’s sovereignty, or redemption, or the covenant, or parenting, or marriage, or biblical womanhood. We have made the decision to produce some topical studies on the specific issue of womanhood because we know that women are taught God’s Word in an expository fashion from the pulpits of our PCA churches. Our WIC studies are designed to complement the pulpit ministry. We also feel the urgency to deal with biblical womanhood because of the influence of feminism in our culture.
Q. Do we have to use the studies produced by CEP?
A. No. We make no assumptions that women will only study the core curriculum or the other yearly studies produced by CEP. These are resources we provide for you. Whether you use them is a decision for the local church. We do advise local WICs to be sure they submit all materials to the elders for approval. Usually this is done by submitting it to the Christian Education Committee which has oversight of all materials used in all programs of the church. This protects doctrinal consistency and it gives coordination to the entire Christian education plan of the church.
Q. Why should PCA women use the WIC Core Curriculum?
A. I will answer that by sharing two letters from women who have used it.
I wanted to share how much I have enjoyed and grown from all the resources the WIC staff has made available to us in the last few years. I began my “women’s ministries” pilgrimage when you came to Covenant Seminary. Even then in my “youngness” I thought, “here is something I truly believe in — biblical principles that will make a difference in women’s lives.” I continued my journey at the National Conference in 1992 and I truly appreciated the risk in exposing the great needs which I knew existed, yet were hidden on our church pews.
I began reading and studying and I have thoroughly appreciated all the books and tapes. I have read all of the “core curriculum” books and listened to tapes. During the reading and studying, the Lord has allowed me the school of experience as well. Both of my parents have died, we had a new baby, made a move and as I look back I realize all the lessons I did learn as He walked with me and as He held me up with the strength I did not have. This school of experience taught personal pain, real depression, grief, compassion…all the things that you addressed in Spiritual Mothering at some level or another.
I must confess that the first time I read Spiritual Mothering I thought, “This is great!” But the second time I read it I thought, “This helps me where I hurt.” Somehow I was spiritually mothered through Spiritual Mothering. The third time I read it I was also teaching it as a Sunday School class —and now I’m finally learning to practice it!
In the middle of the Spiritual Mothering Sunday School class we went to a Regional Conference. This was perfect timing as we are getting ready to organize a women’s ministry program in our small church. The fifteen women who attended now understand the “language” of WIC; and they caught the vision of what women’s ministries can be in the local church as well as connecting on the larger level. We will start Loving Leadership in a few weeks and hope to have a small women’s ministries program that matches us in place by fall.
I have said all of the above to say this—it does work. You have communicated well. And those of us who have listened and read have profited from what the Lord is doing through WIC. It’s like ripples on water that keep going out from the center.
Another sister writes:
. . . My life and relationship to my husband will never be the same. Thinking I had settled many of the “design” issues long ago, the Lord showed me that I still ran my home and expected my husband to “help me” with the day-to-day events. With respect for our God-given elders, we have submitted our women’s ministries to our session. The fruit has been a session that offers clear, strong leadership and a women’s program that has run so smoothly. The entire atmosphere at church has changed as we humbly submitted ourselves to our leadership. What leaders they have become! The Lord is good!
We would never be so presumptous as to say this is the only way to do a women’s ministry. What we are saying is that as your denominational Christian education resource, we feel it is our responsibility to provide you with tools to help facilitate a WIC ministry, and our prayer is that the WIC Core Curriculum does that.
A final word:
The WIC Core Curriculum is not a study to be completed and left behind. It is a way of life. It is a process. The materials should be repeated over and over to incorporate new women as they come into the church and keep the concepts ever before all the women.
Visit the PCA CE Bookstore www.cepbookstore.com or call 1-800-283-1357 to order materials or to receive a complete catalog with prices and descriptions.
WIC Ministry to Teens
For Women In the Church to help cultivate a nurturing environment which will attract girls inside and outside the church in order to teach them the joy of biblical womanhood, and will encourage them to continue to be an integral part of God’s covenant family.
For the WIC ministry to equip and encourage women to obey the Titus 2 mandate by serving as models and teachers of biblical womanhood to junior and senior high girls.
Some ways this will be accomplished:
• Articles in the WIC Resource Letter.
• A Resource Guide that will give various models of ways this could be done in a local church as well as ideas for adapting the WIC core curriculum to use with teens.
• Encourage local WICs to include teens in their events, retreats, etc.
• Encourage teens to attend PresWIC and national WIC events.
• Invite female staff workers who work with teens to the WIC Leadership Seminar.
• Train PresWIC presidents to use resource materials.
• Train specific women to lead seminars at regional conferences for youth staff, PresWIC meetings, EQUIP conferences, etc.
In August of 1996 a task force of women met with CEP staff members to discuss the potential for WIC ministry to teens. The women on that task force were Barbara Thompson, Janet Colton, and Marlys Mulkey. During the meeting, Will LaRose, Youth Ministry Coordinator for Christian Education and Publications, shared his insights regarding this concept. The following interview gives some of Will’s thoughts.
Q. In your experience of working with teens, what are they asking for from the church?
A. First and foremost, teens are looking for someone to listen to them. They want relationships.
Q. What do adults in the church need to know about teens?
A. That they can minister and establish these relationships.
Q. What models of ministry are being used in local churches for discipling teens?
A. The Pioneer Clubs model where teens are assigned “grandmothers” has been used successfully in churches. Also, the Christian Service Brigade has some models for mentoring. Many churches are using small groups which are organized by age and gender and taught by men and women of the congregation. The groups often use the same curriculum, but with activities and applications geared to their particular group.
Q. What have you observed about youth ministers on local church staffs?
A. Youth ministers are often pressed for time and resources. There is a need for adults in the church to view youth ministry as every member’s job.
Q. What kinds of resistance can occur when groups or individuals want to be involved in youth ministry?
A. The most frequent resistance relates to scheduling activities. Teens are very busy people and the church ministries must be carefully coordinated so there is no competition among the ministries for the teens’ time.
Q. How can WIC coordinate with youth ministers to encourage and assist in the youth ministry?
A. First, be sure that youth ministers don’t hear about these plans after the fact, but that you involve them from the beginning. Listening to their ideas is very important. Recognize their time limitations and their need for encouragement and assistance. When you approach them, emphasize that you are not creating more work for them to do, but that you want their direction and that you want to reinforce what they are doing.
Q. What one word do you think would describe an effective WIC ministry to teens?
A. WIC ministry to teens could best be described as enhancing the youth ministry.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Maybe as you read about Marlys and Janet your response was “no way.” Many of us cannot imagine pouring our lives into teenagers. But perhaps God is nudging you to pioneer inother ways. Here’s how other PCA women are investing themselves in the lives of teen girls.
Marlene Roese, a widow from Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church in Florida, is discipling a group of teens on Sunday evenings. She gave the disclaimer of her old age to the girls, but the reality for all to see is a young at heart, genuine and willing servant.
Women of Palmetto PresWIC recently invited teens to attend their annual retreat at Ridge Haven.
There were a number of young women jogging around the mountainside. What a joy to have women from 16-80+ as they worshipped, fellowshipped, and studied together.
Debra Perret, from Plains Presbyterian Church, in Zachary, LA is teaching Treasures of Encouragement, the 1996-97 WIC addition to the core curriculum, to a group of senior high girls. Jenny Mills, who recently returned from CoMission in Ukraine, is co-leader. A ruling elder’s wife is their secret prayer partner and encourager. She will become known to the girls when she gives her testimony of the encouragement of the Word of God in her own life.
Step 4: What do we do?
Now it is time to think about those most-often-asked questions.
Q. Why do we need a WIC organization?
A. Women need women. Paul must have understood this. He told Titus to be sure that older women in the church were equipped to teach younger women certain aspects of covenantal life. The church needs to provide some way for this to happen.
Q. But in our church men and women serve side-by-side on committees and in various ministries. Why do we need an organized WIC?
A. Women still need some way to nurture one another. In the church-structure you mention, your WIC may focus primarily on fellowship and nurturing relationships among women. These relationships will energize women to become involved in the various ministry-opportunities offered by your church. The WIC ministry should be a place where women are enfolded, nurtured, equipped, and sent out to minister in all aspects of the life of the church.
Q. Our church emphasizes small groups. Why do we need an organized WIC?
A. The answer is still the same. There needs to be some way for women to connect with women and to learn about issues involving biblical womanhood. Married and single women express their need for mentoring by other women. A WIC ministry can provide this.
Q. How do we organize a WIC ministry?
A. Begin with prayer, prayer, and more prayer.
This should be followed by a time of study. Women must have a vision for a WIC ministry before they will have energy to do it. Events and programs, as exciting as they may be, do not elicit long-term commitment. An understanding of a biblical philosophy for a women’s ministry is essential for long-term commitment. So we encourage you to begin by gathering a group of women to work through Leadership For Women In the Church, using the accompanying leader’s guide Loving Leadership. This will help the women to develop a group vision for the ministry, assess needs and resources, set goals, determine structure, and plan the strategy for implementing the goals.
If you are a new church just starting your WIC ministry, you may want to ask all interested women to participate in this study. If you are an existing church with an already established ministry, this is a training course for your leadership team. It should be used each year to train new leaders.
Q. How do we revitalize a floundering WIC? We can’t get anyone to take a leadership position.
A. Prayer and study…the same as the answer above. Stop worrying about structures and filling positions and spend time praying and developing a vision.
Q. But I want a formula—step one, two, and three. Tell me exactly what to do.
A. We have done that in the WIC Core Curriculum. Get it and read it. In addition to dealing with vision, philosophy, and goals, the leader’s guides for these books are filled with practical ideas for recruiting and training leaders, developing programs, implementing a Spiritual Mothering program, etc.
Q. In addition to the curriculum and other printed studies, do you have any other resources?
A. The Women’s Advisory Sub-Committee and your PresWIC President have been trained to assist you. You may want to invite one of them to teach the leadership course to your women. Our WIC staff is also available to you. But we encourage you to get the curriculum materials first because we really believe this will answer most of your questions.
The WIC Resource Letter is an ongoing training and networking piece. It is published five times a year and is sent to pastors’ wives and local WIC Presidents (or contact person).
The WIC Resource Manual gives suggestions for various kinds of organizational structures, a constitution, etc.
Q. Does it matter which book in the curriculum we study first?
A. Usually it is best to study them in order, however it is important for the leadership team in your church to make this decision based on your particular situation.
Q. What is the role of the PresWIC President and council?
A. Just as with local churches, PresWICs determine their own ministry-focus and structure depending on their particular needs and opportunities. Basically, however, PresWIC officers serve as a resource to help local WICs and as a facilitator to connect the women in local churches. Your PresWIC officers are one of your greatest resources. On the presbytery level there are opportunities to experience our connectionalism as you meet with other women to share ideas, study, pray, serve, and fellowship together. No matter how large or small your church is, you will be richer if you become involved with women from the other churches in your area. This is the way we do it in the Presbyterian church. We believe it is the biblical way.
A final word
Whatever else you do, you must pray. Everything we do must be saturated with prayer. Unless God shines His face upon us, there will be no blessing. We must live in His presence and radiate His glory. Then we will know His pleasure upon us. The ultimate question: Is God glorified?
Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together (Psalm 34:3).