…For the equipping of the saints for the work of service To the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God… Ephesians 4:12-13a
Women’s Ministry includes opportunities in the following areas:
Biblical Studies—These mid-week gatherings offer time to study the scriptures together and to intercede for one another in prayer.
Mentoring/Discipleship—This vital ministry allows women to experience the benefits of ministering to and being ministered by other women in the body.
Simply Service—This ministry offers a variety of serving opportunities in which a Christian woman can utilize her skills and talents in practical service to others.
Special Events—These annual events offer opportunities to have fellowship with other women, learn from God’s Word, or learn new skills from other ladies to use at home, church, or in the community.
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16, 17
Equipping women to grow in the grace, knowledge, and love of their Savior (2 Peter 3:18) is a vital part of Women’s Ministry. Bible studies encourage growth in four areas:
- love and knowledge of our Lord
- love for God’s Word
- joy and obedience to walk worthy of our calling in Christ
- love for others
This growth is facilitated with careful study of God’s Word, reading books/articles from godly authors, and through praying for one another. Women’s Bible studies are offered Tuesday mornings (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday evenings (6:30 to 8:15 p.m.) throughout the spring and fall semesters. An abbreviated four-week Women’s Bible study is also conducted during the summer months.
Is childcare provided?
Childcare is available by pre-registration.
For more information, contact the coordinator of Biblical Studies, Michelle Cranford (501) 944-9801.
…so that they may encourage the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind… Titus 2:4-5a
One of the greatest privileges of being in the body of Christ is the wonderful opportunity to cultivate meaningful relationships with other believers. We believe that a mentoring relationship is a vital way to grow into women who “love our husbands, love our children,” and are “…sensible, pure, workers at home, kind” to others.
Mentoring relationships help fulfill the God-given command in Titus 2 for older women to encourage the younger women and for younger women to follow the example of older women.
Because of the biblical mandate for women to invest in each others’ lives, we encourage women to seek out and invest in the lives of women who are already in their natural spheres within the local body. Involvement in care groups, Bible studies, equipping hour classes, and areas of service provide meaningful opportunities for relationships to grow and flourish. Purposeful and intentional effort is necessary as we seek to encourage younger women and be encouraged by women mature in their faith. In addition to these natural, church-wide opportunities for relationship building, a woman of any age may request to be paired with another godly woman for encouragement in her personal Christian walk.
How can I be matched with a mentor?
If you would like to be matched with a mentor, please contact the Mentoring Coordinator, Diane Hefner, at 868-9868.
How can I become a mentor?
- The first requirement to become a mentor is, first and foremost, that you are a believer and have a cultivated relationship with Christ.
- Second, you must have been a BCLR member for at least one year.
- Third, you must meet elder approval.
- Lastly, you will be asked to attend mentor training to learn how to effectively mentor another woman.
And let our people learn to engage in good deeds and meet pressing needs, so that they may not be unfruitful. Titus 3:14
An outworking of our Christian faith is to use our abilities and gifts in service for others. The Simply Service ministry consists of four areas where groups of women with similar gifts and skills work together to respond to needs in the body.
What’s Cooking? is an area of service that provides meals for those in need who are not connected with a care group, an equipping hour class, or another group in our church. They also come alongside care groups to help with meals if needed.
First Impressions consists of women who make the atmosphere in the church building pleasant and inviting. This group sets up Christmas trees, arranges and waters poinsettias and Easter lilies, and tends to the daily decorations of our facility throughout the entire calendar year.
By Special Request is a group of women who graciously helps with special needs such as transportation (for doctor’s appointments, medical treatments, therapy, etc.) or childcare (during the day or evenings).
Reception Connection is an area of service consisting of teams which organize church functions, such as church-wide dinners, after-church fellowships, formal receptions, and occasional bridal and baby showers. These women are trained in efficient use of the church kitchen. No previous professional food service experience is required.
How can I get involved in one of these areas?
The best way to get involved is to fill out the “Women’s Ministry Area of Interest” survey. Every Christian woman needs a place of service where she is comfortable and where her interests and talents lie. We want to be sure that YOU are asked to serve in those areas where you have maximum effectiveness and joy. Another way you can become involved in one of these Ministry is to directly contact the coordinator of the Simply Service ministry, Allison Cain, (501) 804-0985.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Setting aside time together several times a year for fellowship is a high priority for cultivating unity in the body. Special events are great opportunities for fellowship and encouragement. Women’s Ministry offers two evening events for women—one in the fall and one in the spring.
Formerly known as Welcome Home, Treasures of the Heart and Home is held in the spring. This event is designed to teach domestic skills to enhance each woman’s ability to serve her home, church, and community. These seminars provide hands-on demonstrations in a variety of homemaking skills such as cooking, budgeting, sewing, and hospitality. This also provide an opportunity for women to immediately begin using their skills in their homes and in various ways to benefit the body.
There are many other opportunities scattered throughout the year for women to fellowship, including the annual Fall Conference. Renowned speakers come to minister to both the men and women of The Bible Church.
Is childcare provided?
Childcare is not typically provided for these evening gatherings.
How will I find out about these events?
The details will be posted in various locations: the Sunday bulletin, the Women’s Ministry bulletin board (located in the west upstairs corridor), posters around the church building, the church website (www.bclr.org), and possibly a post card sent to your home.
How can I help serve at one of these events?
The best way to offer your time and talents is by filling out the “Women’s Ministry Area of Interest” survey. There is a specific area where you can note your interest in serving at special events. You may also contact the coordinator of this ministry, Kim Magnus, at 580-7882.
Commonly Asked Questions
How will I be informed about what is going on within Women’s Ministry?
There are a several ways that you can learn about what is happening in Women’s Ministry.
- The website (www.bclr.org) will contain information concerning upcoming events and other relevant material.
- The Women’s Ministry Blog (bclrwomen.blogspot.com) contains encouraging spiritual quotes, articles, recipes, and other helpful resources from fellow BCLR women.
- The Women’s Ministry bulletin board, located on the second floor of the educational wing, also contains relevant information.
- You can also obtain information through pulpit announcements, the Sunday bulletin, signs posted around the church, and occasional mail-outs.
How are the Ministry and special events in Women’s Ministry coordinated?
There is a Women’s Ministry Advisory Board made of up nine women who coordinate and oversee Ministry and special events. The current board members, beginning January 2012, are as follows:
- Krista Fetterly, Coordinator
- Hannah Senn, Assistant Coordinator
- Michelle Cranford, Biblical Studies Coordinator
- Diane Hefner, Mentoring Coordinator
- Kim Magnus, Special Events Coordinator
- Sarah Ramsfield, Special Events Assistant
- Allison Cain, Simply Service Coordinator
- Jennifer Rahman, Communications Coordinator
- Ann Barker, Advisory Coordinator
How can I become involved in serving within Women’s Ministry?
The best way to get involved is to contact one of the members of the Women’s Ministry Advisory Board directly. Every Christian woman needs a place of service where she is comfortable and where her interests and talents lie. We want to be sure that YOU are asked to serve in those areas where you have maximum effectiveness and joy.