Growing up, my mom used to be part of our church's guild. This was the Catholic version of women's ministry you'd traditionally find in the Protestant church. I recall her doing occasional service projects, but it was the annual bake sale that left the most lasting impression on me. I'm not sure where the proceeds from it went, but boy, could those women bake!
Women's ministry today probably hasn't changed all that much in many churches—Catholic or Protestant. Ladies still gather for service projects, sponsor bake sales for a cause, and enjoy regular fellowship with other women. While this satisfies a need for some women, many others wish their church's women's ministry program quenched a deeper thirst and left more of a mark.
Sherry Surratt, a TCW featured contributor and CEO of MOPS International, wondered why very few younger women seemed to be participating in the women's ministry at their church. She started asking questions, and the answers surprised her. One young working mom of two kids told her, "I don't have a lot of extra time to spend away from my work or family, and when I do, I don't want to go to another tea or meeting that focuses on me. I want to use my time to make a difference."
Sherry shares some of the other findings she made in her article, "3 Key Shifts that Could Change the Face of Women's Ministries." She challenges churches to rethink the way they're doing women's ministry.1