Last year, I noticed that—like many writers in the Christian blogosphere—I spent a lot of time analyzing and criticizing the things I was against. I was reacting to things I was seeing more than proactively putting forward ideas I wanted to support. Finally, I asked myself, “What am I for?” I want my focus in life and ministry to be more than the sum of my disgruntlements.
I know what I am for when I am not distracted by the things I am against. I am for understanding how the gospel changes everything, and I am particularly burdened to see that understanding grow among my sisters in Christ. I want to understand who God made me to be and how Christ has made a way for me to live once more in that identity. I want to understand how each book of the Bible puts forward the story of Jesus so that, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, my heart will burn within me with the power of those truths, believing that those truths will empower me daily.
As I answered this question for myself, I realized how many men and women, like me, are burdened for gospel-focused holistic discipleship of women.
While women’s ministry looks different today than it did decades ago, the church still focuses much of its programming for women based on their life stages or roles in the church or home. Holistic discipleship, though, addresses the whole woman as image bearer of God. It transcends age or other factors of our identity. Without minimizing the specific needs of women at certain stages of life, it emphasizes the virtues that apply equally to the unmarried woman in college, the older single in the workplace, the young mom of multiple toddlers, and the grandmother in her 70s.
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