Why Women Matter in Ministry

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Women have held some of the most important roles in the story of Scripture. From Genesis to Revelation, there are countless examples of the impact of women in Biblical history. One of the best-known biblical stories about women features Mary and Martha, who were dedicated to supporting Jesus’ ministry. 

We first read about the story of Mary and Martha in the book of Luke. The two sisters were followers of Jesus, who He loved. They offered their home to Jesus as He traveled with His disciples, and while “Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made,” (Luke 10:40 NIV), Mary sat at his feet, eager to hear His teachings. 

Today, women often face a barrage of false narratives and unrealistic expectations from a culture determined to discredit the Gospel leaving many of them anxious, overwhelmed, and exhausted trying to keep up. Like Martha, we can become distracted and deceived by worldly demands that keep us from focusing on Jesus and the abundant life He promises. But what does that mean? Scripture never tells us the abundant life will be trouble-free; instead, it shows us through the life and teachings of Jesus how to stand strong in the truth of God’s Word no matter what comes our way. 

By encouraging and equipping women with that powerful truth, they will be empowered to bravely answer God’s call to make an impact on His kingdom. Helping women understand the importance of taking time to sit at the feet of Jesus, like Mary, will build a strong foundation of faith that will remain steadfast even when faced with Martha-like temptations. 

Women need to embrace our divinely appointed role in the body of Christ with a strong sense of purpose and confidence. But, with so many burned out and worn down from the weight of worldly struggles, the Church needs to understand the need for women to be reminded of the important part we play in advancing God’s plan for humanity. 

Now more than ever, it is essential the Church prioritizes ways they can reinvigorate women’s faith and ignite our passion to serve God in ways we never dreamed were possible. We encourage all those leading in ministry to keep women in mind when making important decisions like sermon topics, service initiatives, Bible study leadership, and other similar areas. Women long to be shepherded and taught the Word of God so we can lead in our home, our church, and our community in ways that embrace who God is calling us to be. 

Let’s be a Church that celebrates the unique role women play in God’s redemptive story.


Susan McPherson is the author acquisitions editor and women’s community lead at David C Cook. She is passionate about equipping and encouraging women to serve and lead as God calls. Susan has served in ministry for over 25 years and has a heart for creating discipleship resources specifically for women through Esther Press.

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