The WM Department of SSD remains to empower, uphold, encourage, challenge, equip, and nurture women as they do their part in sharing God’s love and grace within the church and to the community; prepared for Jesus’ return.
What It Is . . .
• Women's Ministries is a place to address the spiritual, emotional, physical, and social needs of women in the church.
• It encourages women to improve their potential for participation in the mission of the church.
• It is a support system for hurting women—whether they are suffering from divorce, abuse, or simply loneliness.
• It is a forum to help address topics and issues as they affect the woman.
• It encourages young women through a scholarship program.
• It encourages women to become involved in all areas of ministry in their church, their community, and in their homes.
• It mentors young women so that they may find joy in the Lord.
Women's Ministries recognizes that women have many Gifts of the Spirit and it attempts to help women discover and use these gifts to the glory of God.
What It Isn't . . .
Women's Ministries is not new. In 1898 Mrs. S.M.I. Henry, with the encouragement of Ellen G. White, headed a church department for women's ministry. Her death soon after ended the work she began. It wasn't until 1990 that the Office of Women's Ministries was once again begun. It became a full church department in 1995.
• It is not a forum for women who have complaints, justified or not, against employers.
• It is not a place for women to promote equal rights for women, although we admit it is an important issue.
• It is not a mere source of entertainment or the opportunity to spend endless hours on projects that merely promote selfish ideas.
• It is not a platform for the ordination of women, although we believe that everyone should use their talents to God's glory and should receive just recognition for work done for His honor.
• It is not male-bashing. It is anti-sexist, not anti-male.
Women's Ministries is not exclusive. Women's Ministries want inclusion, not the exclusion of anyone.
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.