“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled… For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:3-5, 11-14
The vision of Women’s Ministry at The Well is that we would be a group of women committed to coming alongside other women to grow both in doctrine and in life, obedient to God’s command to us in Titus 2. Our women’s ministry emphasizes women’s relationships with other women that promotes a love for God and love for neighbor (Matthew 22:36-39), in the various contexts and vocations in which God has called us to live this out, stripping away individualism, promoting fellowship, and living life together as women and as families. Our women’s ministry does not function as an individual entity, but rather under submission to and direction by church eldership, as a ministry connected to and promoting the care of the whole body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
Practically, this works out in three ways: feasting, feeding, and fighting.
Feasting: Together, and as individuals, we feast on the Word of God contained in Scripture and on prayer, encouraging regular Lord’s Day attendance, and so far as each woman is able, regular attendance of monthly Women’s Ministry meetings and other ministry activities.
Feeding: Together we feed one another with the Word by promoting and encouraging discipleship through both “mentor/mentee” and “peer-to-peer” relationships, as well as feeding others in the church and our community through service in various ministries.
Fighting: Together we fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil, and fight for right doctrine and right living. We strongly encourage accountability pairs or groups. These pairs or groups should flow from gospel-centered relationships women already have, or which they can grow in. They are not meant to be exclusive, but rather are meant to be a time where, on a more intimate level, we can bear one another’s burdens, confess sin, rebuke and encourage one another in Christ and with the Word.
Women’s Monthly Meeting
This year we are studying the book of Joshua. Joshua is a precious book where we see God’s faithfulness over and over to his unfaithful people as He fulfills His promises to Israel. Like every book of the Bible, we also see Christ revealed throughout the pages. Our prayer is that it would lead us into deeper awe and wonder and praise of our God! To help us in our study, we are using a Flower Mound study by Jen Wilkin.
We desire to continue our vision of Women’s Ministry at The Well by committing to coming alongside one another to grow both in doctrine and in life even while we may be miles apart. We will be using Zoom to hold our monthly Women’s Ministry Meeting on the second Wednesday of every month. Everyone on our contact list will be receiving an email and Google Calendar invitation to join the Women’s Ministry Meeting. Once you accept the invite the meeting will appear on your Google Calendar, with a link to the video conference attached in the info.
If you would like to get plugged in and join the monthly meeting please contact us at [email protected]
Women’s Small Groups
We also encourage small groups of women to meet on their own to study Joshua apart from the larger group settings. This allows for a deeper relationship, accountability, an opportunity to share and learn from each other in a smaller setting, and of course, more time in the Word. If you would like to participate in a separate small group (2-4 women) as an additional study, please talk to Bj Reininger or Cherylann Gale.
At this time our women’s retreat is uncertain given these trying times. We will post updates as we have more information.