Rethinking Women’s Ministry

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The daughter of a pastor, Amy Simpson grew up in the church. Amy is steeped in Christianity and swaddled in Christian culture. And yet, at women’s events in church she’s felt like an outsider, that she doesn’t fit anywhere. Why? Because she doesn’t enjoy crafts, isn’t a stay-at-home mom, and simply doesn’t square with the assumptions churches have about Christian women. So when a ministry is set up on those stereotypes, she doesn’t fit in.

So what’s a woman like Amy to do when she feels like she doesn’t belong in her own church? What about women who are new Christians or searching for God who don’t find a fit in women’s ministries in the church? We’ll explore these issues in this study.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Joshua 2:1–21; Ruth 1:1–18; Psalm 139; Mark 14:3–9; Luke 10:38–42; John 4:7–26


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: God creates individuals, not stereotypes.
Teaching point two: Jesus wants us to offer what we’ve got.
Teaching point three: Jesus’ ministry was “out of the box.”
    • Apply Your Findings
    • Recommended Resources


    • "Why I Don't Do Women's Ministry" by Amy Simpson
     (, August 28, 2007)

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Click to enlargeRethinking Women's MinistryThis Bible study for women speaks to those who don't feel like they fit in at traditional women's ministry events. Discover why you're not alone, what else God might have for you, and how you can make a difference for others.


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