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Women’s Ministry is important for every church to encourage and equip women for service to the church and for woman to woman discipleship.

Welcome to our website!  Women’s Ministries in the Church, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America and under the authority of Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM), seeks to equip, connect, and encourage women in the church to know Christ personally and be committed to extending His kingdom in her life, home, church, community, and throughout the world.

We seek to glorify God and serve his kingdom by teaching sound doctrine that trains and disciples women to know and apply God’s Word to all of life.

As you scroll through this site, you will find multiple opportunities to strengthen, engage, and equip your ministry to the women in your local church.

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“Leadership works best when it is provided by teams of gifted leaders serving together in pursuit of a clear and compelling vision.”

The Power of Team Leadership by George Barna

In a world centered on individualism, biblical leadership is in stark contrast to the ‘I can do it alone’ mentality that often invades our hearts and churches.

The PCA Women’s Ministry Team bring a scope of godly, diverse servants with unity and love for one another. The vision that drives them as a team is to continue to maintain and grow a biblical strategy for encouraging and equipping women to share their gifts and graces for the mutual good as part of their covenantal privilege and responsibility. Meet this passionate, gifted, team that brings servant hearts to help serve the body of Christ.

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REGIONAL ADVISERS:

The Women’s Ministry Regional Advisers are a team of women approved by, and under the oversight and authority of, PCA Discipleship Ministries. Representing geographical regions of the PCA, they work with leadership teams in churches and presbyteries and also with the national Coordinator of Women’s Ministries in planning and implementing training opportunities, materials, and programs for women.

This team of advisers is here to serve you so if you have any questions about women’s ministry or just want to introduce yourself, contact the regional adviser for your area (see selection panel below).

West Coast

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Gayle Mullen

Presbyteries: N. California, Pacific, Pacific NW, South Coast, Western Canada
Email: gmullen13@cox.net
Current Residence: Mission Viejo, CA

West

Contact: Karen Hodge

Presbyteries: Heartland, Iowa, N. Texas, Rocky Mtn, S. Texas, Southwest, Houston Metro, Platte Valley
Email: khodge@pcanet.org
Current Residence: Chicago, IL

Mid-America

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Sandy Hartley

Presbyteries:Central Indiana, Great Lakes, Illiana, Missouri, Nashville, N. Illinois, Ohio, Tenn. Valley, Siouxlands, Ohio Valley, Wisconsin, Chicago Metro
Email: lorshartley@comcast.net
Current Residence: Chattanooga, TN

Mid-South

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Sherry Lanier

Presbyteries: Covenant, Grace, Miss. Valley, SE Louisiana
Email: dom2001@bellsouth.net
Current Residence: Brandon, MS

Florida

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Brook Breed

Presbyteries: Central Florida, South Florida, Southwest Florida, North Florida, Gulf Stream, Suncoast
Email: bbreed@bnpalaw.com
Current Residence: Sebring, FL

Mid-Atlantic

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Sandy Currin

Presbyteries: Calvary, Catawba Valley, Cent. Carolina, E. Carolina, Fellowship, James River, New River, Palmetto, W Carolina, Westminster, Piedmont Triad, Blue Ridge
Email: sandyhc@nc.rr.com
Current Residence: Durham, NC

Northeast

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Jan Derby

Presbyteries: Ascension, E. Canada, Metro New York, Heritage, New Jersey, New York State, Northern New England, Southern New England, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Potomac, Susquehanna Valley, Chesapeake, Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Metro West
Email: janderby1@yahoo.com
Current Residence: Newark, DE

Southeast

Contact: Karen Hodge

Presbyteries: Cent. Georgia , Evangel, Gulf Coast, SE Alabama, Warrior, Savannah River, Metro Atlanta, GA Foothills, NW Georgia, Providence
Email: khodge@pcanet.org
Current Residence: Chicago, IL

TRAINERS:

The Women’s Ministries Trainers are women from across the PCA, approved by CDM and the Coordinator to serve in an equipping role. They connect local women’s ministries and presbyteries to available resources, and teach training materials based on Biblical Foundations for Womanhood objectives.

If you would like to have a trainer come to your church please contact the regional adviser for your area and let them know. Below you will see the list of our current trainers.

Teri Anderson

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Teri Anderson

Current Residence: Las Vegas, NV

Cathe Cleveland

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Cathe Cleveland

Current Residence: Birmingham, AL

Melanie Cogdill

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Melanie Cogdill

Current Residence: Charlotte, NC

Connie Miller

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Connie Miller

Current Residence: Charlotte, NC

Paula Miles

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Paula Miles

Current Residence: Clemson, SC

Kathy Stair

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Kathy Stair

Current Residence: Norcross, GA

Women's Ministry Officers

Officer Installation Questions – Helpful officer installation questions to be used by the pastor or another qualified person.

Officer Change Form – New officers? We want to know! Update us here!

Diagnostic Tool

stethoscope-iconWhen is the last time you or your women’s ministry leadership team asked the question, “Why are we doing what we are doing?” Perhaps this diagnostic tool will prime the pump for some productive conversations about the overall health of your women’s ministry or help you critically evaluate the effectiveness of an ongoing program or event. Click here to download the Women’s Ministry Diagnostic Tool.

Trainers help churches apply tools such as this and many other resources to help them diagnose the overall health of their women’s ministries. Click here to learn more about our trainers or to schedule a training contact Karen Hodge.

Philosophy of Ministry

The Essence of a Women’s Ministry: Covenant 101 – the foundational documents behind women’s ministries in the PCA.

Titus 2 – A small group ministry model for women’s ministries.

New Books & Bible Studies

Revelation: Let the One Who is Thirsty Come by Sarah Ivill

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.” (John 5:46) This 10-lesson study leads the student to discover how Moses wrote of Jesus in these last four books of the Pentateuch and again reminds that the entire Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is the story of “the Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world.” (DVD also available)

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The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy by Nancy Guthrie

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.” (John 5:46) This 10-lesson study leads the student to discover how Moses wrote of Jesus in these last four books of the Pentateuch and again reminds that the entire Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is the story of “the Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world.” (DVD also available)

Psalms, Volume 2: Finding the Way to Prayer and Praise by Kathleen Buswell Nielson

A welcomed addition to Kathleen’s Living Word Bible Studies, this second study of Psalms continues to teach the student how to read and mine the treasures of God’s Word, led through carefully crafted questions rather than commentary. (12 lessons) Look for other studies in this series.

Children’s

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Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt

Written for parents to read with their 5-8 year olds, the adventures of Cassie and Caleb lead to a time of teaching biblical thinking:

  • “…the magnificence of God’s gender design”
  • Jesus in all the scriptures
  • Our authority: God’s Word; our purpose: His glory
  • The covenant family and the church
  • How to live and think God’s way

Each story concludes with interactive questions, further Bible study, and prayer guided toward principles taught.

Bibliography

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Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby

A look into the unusual love story and the lives of Ken and Joni as they celebrate 30 years of marriage. The challenges, faithfulness, and God’s grace will make each of us look at our own relationships through new eyes.

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If you’ve asked the question, “Where do I find resources to lead a Women’s Ministry?” then this is the page for you!

This page is meant to be a helpful resource for Women’s Ministry leaders. It is updated monthly with the hope to become a go-to resource for leaders in the denomination. Here you will find key information needed to set up a ministry, resources for Bible studies, and other helpful tools. These resources are meant to be jumping off points and can be adapted to meet your specific needs. Click on the sections to the left to see more info about each resource.

If you have questions about how to use these resources click here to contact your Regional Advisor. If you have resources you’ve found successful or helpful that you’d like to share please contact Samantha Goodman.

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Time set aside for Equipping and Encouragement

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to collaborate, fellowship and learn together with women who serve as Women’s Ministry Directors in the denomination. In addition to having time to just enjoy one another and celebrate God’s grace in our lives, we will have the privilege of hearing from others in our ministry field who have a rich heritage of experience to share. Their lives and ministry history will inform and inspire us in our own sphere of influence.

This gathering is for all paid PCA Directors of Women’s Ministry (full-time and part-time).

Location:

  • Atlanta, Georgia

Dates &Times:

  • Monday, October 27—1pm to 9pm (includes dinner)
  • Tuesday, October 28—All day (includes lunch and dinner)
  • Wednesday, October 29—8am to Noon

Pricing:

  • Single Room Option: $350
  • Double Room Option: $235
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2015 Women’s Leadership Training Conference

February 19-21  | Atlanta, Georgia

(More details to come!)

Starting in 1974, women in the PCA have supported an annual love gift to promote denominational connectionalism and demonstrate our corporate helper-design as women in the church. The money is raised in various ways such as donations, fundraisers, etc. The Women’s Love Gift has blessed committees and agencies such as MNA’s Special Needs Ministries, MTW’s efforts to support the Gonaives, Haiti, Children’s Home, and other such ministries. Showing the annual Women’s Love Gift in your church does several things: Educates the people in the pew, promotes unity and greater understanding of the PCA, and provides good opportunities for monies to be appropriately channeled to specific ministry needs. Below you will find information on the ministry we are supporting this year.

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to support CEP!

The Women’s Ministry Love Gift for 2014 will benefit the work of Christian Education and Publications (CEP), and particularly the work of discipleship among women in the PCA. Women play a life-giving role in the life and ministry of the Church, and we must seek to address the needs of women in our culture with the encouragement of Christ-centered community and the redemptive truth of God’s Word.

Your gift of $25, $50, $100, or any amount will equip women to understand God’s Word better through Bible study or to serve the body of Christ well through training designed to develop teachers and mentors. Our goal is to raise $120,000 with which we hope to create and distribute a variety of resources designed for women in the local church:Goal Thermometer-5

  • Video-based training for ministry leaders
  • Intergenerational resources for life-on-life discipleship
  • Exegetical Bible study materials
  • Scholarships for women to attend training events
  • “Seed money” to offer regional training throughout the PCA

If you’d like a way to promote this year’s love gift at your church then view our video below explaining our need or click here to order the same video in DVD format. We also have bulletin inserts available, click here to order those. (There is no charge for the DVD or bulletin inserts.)

How to Give
If you would like to contribute towards this love gift contact the Women’s Ministry Coordinator at your church or click here to make a contribution online. (The link will bring you to the general CEP online giving tool-just select ‘PCA Women’s 2014 Love Gift’ when prompted to designate the contribution.)

If you have any questions about this love gift, click here to contact your regional adviser.

Ordering and Useful Information:

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    Interface is the bi-monthly PCA women’s ministry e-letter. It’s purpose is to connect/bond the CEP office in Atlanta with PCA women at large.

    Previous Editions:

    If you’re interested in receiving this e-letter click here to be added to our Women’s Ministry mailing list.

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    Are you JUST WONDERING something about Women’s Ministry? 

    When leading a Women’s Ministry there are always questions that come up. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions in the area of Women’s Ministry. Click on each question to view the answer. If you have another question that isn’t on the list click here to contact your regional adviser or click here to contact Karen Hodge, the CDM Women’s Ministry Coordinator.

    Why do we need a Women’s Ministry organization?

    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.

    But in our church men and women serve side-by-side on committees and in various ministries. Why do we need an organized Women’s Ministry?

    Women still need some way to nurture one another. In the church-structure you mention, your Women’s Ministry 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. Each Women’s 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.

    Our church emphasizes small groups. Why do we need an organized Women’s Ministry?

    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 Women’s Ministry can provide this.

    How do we organize a Women’s Ministry?

    Begin with prayer, prayer, and more prayer. This should be followed by a time of study. Women must have a vision for a Women’s 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 Women’s 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.

    How do we revitalize a floundering Women’s Ministry? We can’t get anyone to take a leadership position.

    Prayer and study…the same as the answer above. Stop worrying about structures and filling positions and spend time praying and developing a vision.

    But I want a formula-step one, two, and three. Tell me exactly what to do.

    We have done that in Biblical Foundations for Womanhood. 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.

    In addition to the curriculum and other printed studies, do you have any other resources?

    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 Women’s Ministry 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 Women’s Ministry Resource Letter is an ongoing training and networking piece. It is published four times a year and is sent to pastors’ wives and local Women’s Ministry Presidents (or contact person).

    The Women’s Ministry Resource Manual gives suggestions for various kinds of organizational structures, a constitution, etc.

    Does it matter which book in Foundations we study first?

    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.

    What is the role of the PresWIC President and council?

    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 Women’s Ministries 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.

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