Amanda Edmondson is my Executive Assistant at Sojourn Community Church, and Midtown Campus Coordinator for our Women’s Ministry. Amanda is my guest blogger this week at DanielSojourn.com:
At Sojourn, we acknowledge that both men and women are created in the image of God yet created differently; for this reason we have Sojourn Women. Over the past two years I have had the honor to co-labor with Nora Allison, with the guidance of our elders, and to think how to best help and serve our women.
Doing women’s ministry is challenging. Add in a large multisite church and well, it’s still challenging! We desire for our women not to be separate from Sojourn at large but to be very much a part of it. We pray that our women would be about God and what he created us for—to know him and to make him known. This must work itself out in different ways, by each of our different women.
Regardless if she loves the color pink and wears pearls or prefers neutrals and flip flops, we desire for the women at Sojourn Community Church to be strong women whose knowledge and love of God constrains them to serve in their homes, places of work, where they play, and in their community.
How We Do This…
We pray, not only for the women at Sojourn, but for the church as a whole. We ask the Lord to show us what the needs are. We are constantly meeting with women, hearing their hearts and doing life with them. It’s the only way for us to be able to assess how we need to grow spiritually as women.
Two years ago, we realized that too many Sojourn women didn’t know how to study their bibles apart from following a prepared study guide. Convinced that, in order to know God deeply and personally, we must be learning about him directly from him, we started teaching women, both individually and corporately, how to sit down and study the Bible for themselves. Now we regularly offer a class called Methods, teaching women how to ask questions of the text in order to rightly understand it and apply it. Part of being a strong woman is being able to feed yourself on God’s word.
We are one church with four campuses. Each campus has different strengths and different needs. In order to best utilize our gifts and help women at each campus grow, we plan Sojourn-wide (global) events, as well as specific campus events/training. Our global events are for all Sojourn women regardless of which campus they attend. These events include our Fall One-day Retreat, our Spring Week-end Retreat and Women’s School (more info on Women’s School here).
Campus specific events/training would include our Methods classes, Christmas Gift Exchange, SEED projects, and Doctrines classes. We are gifted with many women who are capable and willing to teach and lead other women, which makes planning and implementing at a multisite much easier.
Sojourn Women is for all women in all walks of life. As we continue to grow as a church we desire for the women of Sojourn in each season of life to be about God and His fame.
In all our planning, evaluating of events and teaching, we want to keep Christ central, making much of the Lord and less of ourselves, and maintaining our unique identity as women created in the image of God.