Saturday, January 9, 2010

"Fluff is Out, Depth is In"

Women's Ministry.

The good news? The next generation is interested in substantial, deep, relational experiences that draw them into a more passionate relationship with Christ and provide opportunities to reach beyond their own walls.

The bad news? Change is coming and for some, change hurts. If we've been in leadership, we might feel personally attacked as our ideas and methods are questioned. But if we want to meet the heart-felt needs of the next generation, we're most likely going to have to completely re-evaluate and re-haul what we do and why we do it.

In her insightful article, Brave New Women: The Transformation of Women's Ministry in the 21st Century Culture, Meagan Taylor shows us clearly that a new day is coming in women's ministry. "Fluff is Out, Depth is In." Younger women are busier than ever, more work outside the home, and they are selective to what they turn their energies to.

They are rejecting the traditional, mandatory events that have been the bread and butter of women's ministries in the past ... the teas, retreats, game nights, craft-parties, and events that have little purpose beside the event itself.

They are looking for heart-changing spiritual formation opportunities and life-altering relationships. And they are seeking the communities and gatherings that will take them there.

If you're interested in where women's ministry is heading in the days ahead, be sure to download this valuable resource. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see how this vital lifeline evolves and unfolds!

Applauding our daughters' passion for the deeper walk ... and hoping they'll still have time for a cup of tea together ~

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