COVID-19 has changed the landscape of Women’s Ministry for the foreseeable future. For many, this disruption resulted in a pause on many Women’s Ministry activities. Quickly, some began to see opportunities for new ways of doing ministry. What began as stop-gap measures needs to transition into long-term strategies. This allows Women’s Ministry to flourish and embrace new opportunities, despite the challenges we face. As we envision the next steps for Women’s Ministry, we should evaluate our new landscape.
We are confident that Women’s Ministry is needed now more than ever!
Changes in the Landscape of Women’s Ministry:
Methods of communicating and building community have changed, requiring more leader initiative to make, foster, and maintain connections with limited physical contact. God created women to be relational. Joining with other women is a fundamental need. New and creative modes of gaining information and connecting with others should be utilized.
- Keeping women engaged is increasingly necessary using innovative ways of uniting together.
- Using clear and effective communication is vital to ease fear and explain expectations.
- Checking on women’s personal and spiritual well-being is priority, taking greater effort.
Women’s Ministry has a unique interdependence with other ministries of the church.
- Ministering to women is dependent upon other ministries (i.e., childcare, children, youth, men’s ministries) in order to function, especially during regathering.
- Conversely, other ministries of the church (i.e., hospitality, benevolence, children’s ministry, missions, outreach) are heavily dependent upon women, who function as caregivers and servants in the church, to facilitate regathering.
New challenges are present, impacting the participation of women in the most critical and foundational area of Bible study, as well as events. These will require creative rethinking and restructuring.
We must recognize that COVID has affected many women’s responses about mortality, values, family, God, and other spiritual, mental, and emotional matters. Women have either come out of this stronger or with identified needs. Ministry planning must consider these changes in order to be more effective, post-pandemic.
- These changes will affect the topics we address, the studies we teach, and the way we approach women.
- High quality, and likely less frequent gatherings will be required due to the limited time (see above) for ministry among women themselves.
The need for the gospel is definitely present. Women have a natural segue into people’s lives because of collective pandemic experiences, which positions them to share Christ with others.