By Beccy Ivins, Women's Ministries Leader
The New Testament clearly teaches the priesthood of all believers, with each member of God’s family valued and called to share in the proclamation of the good news.
The qualities that united the efforts of the early Christians was their commitment to Christ’s kingdom and their empowerment by the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s mission.
Women among Christ’s followers included the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well who served as the first-recorded public evangelist; sanctified women who provided hospitality and sustenance to Jesus; and Mary who was the first to preach Jesus’ resurrection – even to the other eleven unbelieving disciples.
Likewise, the early church grew stronger as women of faith united their individual ministries of teaching, leadership, prophecy, prayer, and proclamation to build and strengthen God’s cause.
“We may do a noble work for God if we will. Woman does not know her power for God . . . . There is a higher purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should develop and cultivate her powers, for God can employ them in the great work of saving souls from eternal ruin.” 4T, p. 642; Evangelism, p. 465
The Department of Women’s Ministries exists to uphold, encourage, and challenge women in their pilgrimage as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His World Church.