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What Needs to Change in Ministry Among Women?

Jen Wilkin, Kathleen Nielson, and Gloria Furman on Challenges We Face

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There is much to be encouraged by in ministry among women today. But what about the challenges? What needs to change?

“We need to regain legitimacy,” Jen Wilkin remarks in a new roundtable video with Gloria Furman and Kathleen Nielson. For many years, she believes, much women’s ministry was characterized by inspirational messages with little substance. So while she’s heartened to see many women desiring greater depth, Wilkin senses they aren’t yet entirely sure they can “trust us” when attending an event. “I don’t want women to leave feeling satisfied,” the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds (Crossway) [review] says. “I want them to leave feeling hungry.”

“The competition for our attention and affection today is great, and the world isn’t going to offer us any outs,” Furman adds. “So unless we’re pursuing serious study and discipleship, it simply won’t happen. I talk to many women who have a desire for ministry, but their other desires end up crowding it out.”

Nielson, director of women’s initiatives at The Gospel Coalition, underscores the vital and grounding function of the local church. “We live in a cyberspace world, and perhaps we’re not connected enough with a church that grounds us in flesh-and-blood human relationships and gives us that ground-zero—and that authority context—in which to minister.”

Watch the full six-minute video to hear these three women leaders discuss the challenge of mobility, prowling for mentors, spiritual mothering, and more.