The Spring Semester of 2018 was a great combination of discussion, prayer, and fellowship.
The WiM ladies gathered ten times over the course of the semester to discuss different topics related to being in ministry, and to pray for one another.
The first article that the ladies discussed was “ 7 Ways Women Can Grow in Studying and Teaching Scripture without Seminary” by Nancy Guthrie. The ladies discussed these seven different ways to grow and which ways they were currently implementing in their own lives. This was followed by a time of prayer.
The second discussion was lead by Kate Lanier. Kate has become an assistant pastor’s wife within the last few years and shared with the ladies, “Lessons Learned in my First Year of Ministry.” This topic was very applicable as many of the ladies will soon be stepping into similar roles. The ladies were challenged to:
- Not be surprised that ministry is messy (Romans 3:23)
- Trust their husbands and let them be wise in sharing or not sharing (Ephesians 5:22-33, Exodus 14:14)
- Have an outlet (Timothy and Paul – 1 and 2 Timothy)
- Go to church (Hebrews 10:25)
- Love their husbands and spend time on their marriages (1 Peter 3, 1 Corinthians 13)
- Drink from the Living Water (Isaiah 58:10-11, Ephesians 3:16-17a)
- Recognize that what we are doing matters for eternity. Don’t give up! (Romans 10:14-15, Galatians 6:9-10)
The ladies were both challenged and encouraged through the wisdom that Kate shared. Everyone then spent time in prayer, lifting one another up before the Lord, asking Him to mature each one in these areas.
The third discussion was on the article “Pray for One Another” by Donald Whitley. The women discussed the responsibility that they had from Scripture to be praying for one another (James 5:17), to pray Scripture, and to pray that God is glorified. This lead to the formation of prayer teams which would pray together during the WiM meetings and occasionally outside of the regularly scheduled meetings. Ephesians 1:15-23 became the theme prayer verse of the semester.
The fourth discussion was on the article “5 Reasons Ministry Staff Conflict Can Be Good” by Rebekah Hannah. The women discussed how conflict exposes our own heart, points us to Christ, builds trust among others, corrects things that need correcting, and grows us as a leader. The women shared some of their own stories of how the Lord has used conflict to strengthen them as leaders and point them to Christ. This time was also followed by a time of prayer in seeking the Lord to give wisdom in current situations of conflict.
The fifth discussion was on the article “Ministering to Women in a #Metoo World.” by Amy Gannett. This discussion was led by Mary Carole Hall. The ladies really opened up about personal experiences, healing, and ministering to others. Although a difficult topic, it was good to have a discussion on a subject all too common in the church today.
After a nice spring break away, it was nice to regather and continue discussing ministry topics.
The sixth discussion was one lead by Robin McMurray on hospitality. Using her own ministry experience as a pastor’s wife for many years and sharing insights from Rosario Butterfield’s book “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert,” Robin lead the ladies in a very interesting and challenging discussion on hospitality. Each of the ladies left very excited and encouraged to open their homes to fellow believers and neighbors to be a light for the gospel of Christ.
The seventh discussion was lead by Kate Lanier. Kate brought thoughts on contentment from her own personal journey and from the book The Envy of Eve, Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa Kruger. The women were challenged to look at contentment from a biblical perspective, remove their eyes from the world, and look to Christ in all things.
The eighth and final discussion was lead by Leigh Swanson. The topic was “Teaching Women to Teach.” This was a very brief overview of a series that Leigh is helping to lead among ladies in the local churches. Leigh presented Dr. Lanier’s chart on redemptive history and the ladies discussed how to approach God’s Word through this lens. The ladies also looked at popular women’s authors and teachers and read a few quotes by these women. The WiM ladies were encouraged to line these teachings up with sound doctrine and to be vigilant when choosing a series to teach through.
The Spring Semester brought about many great discussions among the ladies of WiM. The meetings were a precious time for forming lasting bonds, growing closer to one another and to our great Lord.
Below are the links to the articles and resources mentioned above.