Women’s Ministry Mission, Vision, Purpose Statements
By Donna Felt
Personally, I don’t get hung up on a women’s ministry in a local church having to have a mission statement, whether it is a mission, vision, or purpose statement. They all basically mean the same thing. Your mission and purpose should be entwined with the vision for the women’s ministry of your church and a church’s makeup and growth changes over time and so should your vision for each ministry along with that. So ministry or vision statements that are set in stone I kind of have a problem with because I think it kind of puts you in a box unless you make it a broad statement to include a lot of different facets.
I know churches who’s women’s ministry “vision” statements only include areas of mission outreach and neglect the changing face of women in our local churches today. They don’t work on other areas with their women because they don’t feel it’s their job or purpose through their women’s ministry. However; women today need more than having an area to work on charitable projects such as mission outreach. There are a variety of issues and areas of need for women today that we should be focusing on as a women’s ministry so it’s up to you and your church if you feel you need a mission or vision statement to reflect that.
Frankly, I know a vision statement looks good in the pages of a brochure for your women’s ministry or on the women’s ministry page of your church website. I just really don’t think that they are a must. Some ladies write to me and are worried that they don’t have one and they’ve heard they just have to have one for their women’s ministry to be viable. If you are doing your best as a women’s ministry leader, you are going to be setting goals and a vision and really evaluating what the women in your church need in ways of programs, opportunities for service, and everything else entailed in women’s ministry so I just feel you shouldn’t get hung up on the issue of a women’s ministry “vision” statement.
Let me say, that sometimes they are very helpful if you haven’t had any type of structured women’s ministry in your church and you have to stop and say, okay, here’s the direction we want to go with our women’s ministry. I can see that it may be useful from that angle so I am going to list some sample ones that I’ve found on the internet for you to peruse and maybe get some inspiration to write your own if you’d like to have one for your own women’s ministry.
Mission statements can be several sentences long, a brief statement or even just a bible verse.
These are various Women’s Ministry Statements from some churches online.
Women’s Ministry Statement Sample 1 (templebaptistnewbern.net)
Women’s Ministry Statement Sample 2 (firstbaptistnashville.org)
Women’s Ministry Statement Sample 3 (libertylakechurch.com)
Women’s Ministry Statement Sample 4 (livinghopewired.com)
Sample Women’s Ministry Statement #1
The vision of the Women’s Ministry is to be a community connecting with God & caring for people. Our hope is that every person (woman) who comes into contact with the family of friends of Living Hope Baptist Church will have an unforgettable encounter of encouragement as we reflect the power and grace of God. Relationships do not just happen. They are pursued and produced through love and sincere affections. God has revealed His love to us through His Son, and it is our passion to share that love through genuine care and concern for others.
M.O.P.S. (Mother’s Of Preschoolers)
Join us each month for a night of fellowship and encouragement as we hear from a variety of guest speakers and spend time together. We meet most months on the third Monday at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. See the current events calendar for specifics.
On March 28th, we will be honored to Jill Phillips as our special guest at our Spring Brunch. You can find out more about Jill and her music at www.jillphillips.com. For more information about the Brunch, please contact Cindy Starr. More details to come as we get closer to the event!
Twice a year we offer an opportunity for women to form intentional opportunities with other women through our Women to Women Mentoring Ministry. This ministry is designed to give women an opportunity to grown through a one on one discipleship relationship. Be sure to check the Worship Guide for upcoming dates and opportunities, or contact Cynthia Lewellen with questions.
Women’s Bible Studies
We offer a number of discipleship opportunities for women at Living Hope. If you are interested in a Women’s Adult Bible Fellowship or Small Group, please email us. Teaching and equipping women to draw closer to God, find their biblical purpose, reach out to one another and serve the community in Christ’s name.
“…be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”
2 Timothy 2:21
Come join a class, grow in your faith and enjoy fellowship with other women. For more information, contact Diann Bucher at 639-9906 or Lady.firstname.lastname@example.org New Women’s Study starting July 13 in the choir room.
Living Free, Learning to Pray God’s Word. Learn how to “breath” Scripture and change your life in the process. As you pray Scripture, you’ll realize the life God desires for you. You will learn to trust Him more in every area of your life. Join us on Monday nights at 7 pm. This is a six week study led by Diann Bucher.
Women’s Ministry Statement #2
The purpose of our Women’s Ministry is to meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of women at First Baptist Nashville and within our community. This ministry is designed to encourage women to grow in their faith in Christ, to develop and strengthen intimate friendships with other women, and to provide opportunities to serve and reach our community for Christ.
* Be a part of God’s work!
If you’d like to be a part of these ministries, watch for details in church publications or contact the church office for more information. We invite you to be a part of God’s work to bring women together for service, spiritual growth, and fun.
Current Women’s Groups
Downtown Ministry Center
Missions in the Morning
Missions in the Evening
Missions Supper Bunch
Rebekah Naylor Mission Group
Vel Cross / Debra Owens-Hughes Missions Group
Jan Hinsen Round Table
Prison Bible Study
Women’s Ministry Statement Sample #3
Women’s Ministry Vision Verse:
John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you that you love one another. Even as I have loved you, you must love one another. By this the world will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Our mission is three fold: To build intentional relationships by:
* widening our circle of friendships among women within the church family
* spending purposeful time with women outside the family of God
To strengthen women by:
* spending time in the Word of God
* entering the Word of God in our conversations when we are together
* prioritizing time for worship and prayer
* encouraging women to participate in a small group family
Serving God by using our giftedness for the benefits of others by:
* adjusting our time to express care and meet needs of others
* becoming equipped in the skills needed for ministry within the body
* becoming equipped in the skills needed to reach the lost by multiplying leaders through a coaching/mentoring process
From: www.churchcentral.com website December 2009