Jump directly to the Content

The New Look of Women's Ministry

"How can we attract younger women to our mission society?" This is a question I have heard frequently enough to make me realize that traditional women's mission societies are seeing attendance lag and the generation gap widen.

When the question is addressed to me, it usually makes me uneasy-because at the tender age of nineteen, as a young bride, I was one of those who abandoned the WMS.

I remember the tearful frustration as I explained to my new husband, a member of our church's pastoral staff, why I was not going to go to any more women's meetings.

Five years later the frustration was resurrected when, as a dutiful pastor's wife in a large inner-city congregation, I attempted to make regular visits to the Scatter Sunshine Sewing Circle. Here the older women undertook handwork and boasted about their grandchildren.

Somehow, sitting in the inner city on the edge of the drug and hippie center, during the era when race riots were destroying whole blocks of Chicago's West Side, while students ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

A 'Move' in the Right Direction
A 'Move' in the Right Direction
A new book takes a closer look at how churches foster spiritual growth.
From the Magazine
I Plant Secret House Churches Because I Was Saved into One
I Plant Secret House Churches Because I Was Saved into One
How an Iranian teenager found Christ and launched a mission to equip persecuted believers.
Editor's Pick
Why Suffering Belongs in Our Sermons
Why Suffering Belongs in Our Sermons
Matthew D. Kim believes addressing pain is part of a preacher’s calling.